10 December 1915 : Robin Everingham

Robin Everingham was born in Barry, co. Glamorgan 25 May 1896.

Location of Barry in Glamorgan in the south of Wales (cc OpenStreetMap)

Robin's parents were William and Patricia Florence.

Robin was educated by private tutor.

When was was declared on 4 August 1914, Robin was at sea on a return voyage from South America. He was completing his 4th year for a navigation certification on the SS Pentwyn. The ship was taken for a transport by the Government; they were moving big guns from Woolwich to Antwerp when the city fell. Robin obtained permission to join the Belgian Army.

He was subsequently attached to the Legion of Frontiersmen joining the British Colonial Horse. He was attached to 3rd Belgian Lancers when he was wounded during the retreat from Schoore across the Yser.

At the end of 1914 he was given special leave to return to England.

On recovery Robin joined the Welsh Horse in March 1915. He served with the Mediterranean Force from September.

Looking down Kaiajik Dere showing Turkish trenches on the right and Australian trenches on the left of Dere, Hill 60 in in the centre. Suvla Bay and Salt lake are in the distance directly behind Hill 60, looking north west. One of a series of photographs taken on the Gallipoli Peninsula under the direction of Captain C E W Bean of the Australian Historical Mission, during the months of February and March, 1919

He was killed in action on Hill 60, Gallipoli and buried in 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery.

An aerial view of the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli, 1923.

'He was a brave lad', wrote his Commanding Office, 'quite one of my best bombers and a fearless sniper'. 

Above: Robin's Pension Card, which is available via the WFA's Pension Cards and Ledgers

Pension Ledger showing payment to his mother Florence at 128 Seldison Way, Golders Green, London NW11

1098 Private Robin Everingham 

KIA 10 December 1915

Sources: UK, Commonwealth War Graves, Du Ruvignys, UK World War I Pension Ledgers & Cards from The Western Front Association digital archive on Fold3 by Ancestry.