Private Horace Frederick Robinson was a 19 year old clerk from “Roslyn”, Cowper Street Granville. He was born in Kent, England, to John Robinson, and was the younger brother of Henry James Robinson. He enlisted on 20 July 1915 and was assigned to 30 Infantry Battalion. His brother gave his official consent for Horace to enlist as a minor. He embarked with his unit aboard the HMAT “Beltana” A72 from Sydney on 9 November 1915. He embarked from Alexandria aboard the HMAT “Hororata” on 16 June 1916 to join his battalion, and disembarked at Marseilles on 23 June 1916. He was reported missing in France on 19 July 1916. The next day he was reported killed in action in France on 19 July 1916. He was buried in VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France. His name is displayed in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial.
Kimberly Russell – Volunteer Research Assistant, City of Parramatta, Parramatta Heritage Centre, 2017