35146 Private William Henry James Robbins

Royal Defence Corps

William was born in Hilsea, Hampshire in February 1872, to Thomas and Harriet Robbins.
He joined the army in 1887 at the age of 15 as a Boy Bugler in the Commissariat & Transport corps. In due course, he rose to the rank of Corporal. He married Florence Lawrence in 1894 and had a child, Ivy Florence in 1898.

He left the Army in January 1901 and re-enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry in London the following month. He served in South Africa between March 1901 & July 1902, earning the Queens South Africa Medal with two clasps. He was discharged from the Imperial Yeomanry within weeks of the end of the Boer War.

Between 1905 and 1909, William spent time in the Stepney workhouse. By 1911 he was widowed, living as a boarder at an address in Holborn and working as a council clerk. In 1912, William married Adelaide Starnes and they set up home together High Road, Leyton, London.

William enlisted in the Royal Defence Corps during the Great War and served with 300th Protection Company in Home Defence Duties. He passed away at the VAD Hospital, Corsham on 22nd June 1917. He was 45 years old.


Corsham (St Batholomew) Church Burial Ground War Graves

This burial ground is the resting place for 22 servicemen who gave their lives on the First & Second World Wars. A number were men who had lived in the town or had family connections to the area. Others were serving in local units or were receiving treatment in Corsham’s military hospital when they died. Find out more about them using the QR code located at each individual grave. These commemorations will be maintained in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). 

CWGC Map Corsham

World War One

1. Pte Robert Brown ASC

2. Pte Hamilton T Kerr A&SH

3. Pte William HJ Robbins RDC

4. Pte William Evans RDC

5. Dvr Egbert Slade ASC

6. 3rd AM Harold Flower RFC

7. AB William F Hemmings RN

8. Pte Herbert A Rumming RASC 

9. Pte George F Merrett RASC 

10. Sgt William Farmer Innis Fus

11. Pte Sidney A Archer

World War Two

12. Spr Charles J Bond RE

13. Pte John Jones P Corps

14. Pte Harry Sivyer RAMC

15. Pte Thomas H Gill P Corps

16. Pte Wilfred NK Huskinson RAOC

17. Tpr William McCaldron RAC

18. Sgt John WM Bailey MM RA

19. Pte William G Elms P Corps

20. Pte William H Thompson Som LI

21. Gnr Eric Burford RA

22. Capt William H Jackson RE