b. ? 1866 Horbury, Yorkshire. d. 02/1930 Horbury, Yorkshire.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 17/04/1893 St George’s Channel.
Charles was born in 1866 in Horbury, Yorkshire, the eldest child of John and Mary Ann Robinson. He was baptised on 18th February 1866 at St Peter and St Leonard Church in Horbury. He was commissioned Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve on 6 September 1894, and having been promoted Lieutenant, was placed on the Retired List on his own request on 22 January 1906, with permission to assume the rank of Commander. He had married Lilly Augusta Huntley in Norfolk on 13th September 1902. He died in Horbury in February 1930 aged 64.
While the “Teutonic” was steaming at the rate of about 21 knots an hour in St. George’s Channel on the 17th April, 1893, at 6.30 A.M., when few people were about the deck, Mr. ROBINSON noticed a Passenger climbing on to the rail of the ship with the evident intention of jumping overboard. He made an ineffectual attempt to prevent him and then without divesting himself of any of his clothing immediately dived after the man from a height of 25 feet above the water, and only about 30 feet forward of the propellers of the vessel. Mr. ROBINSON reached the man and did his utmost to rescue him, but his efforts were met with violent resistance, and in the end the man succeeded in drowning himself. Mr. ROBINSON ran great risk of being drawn under the propellers, and when picked up was in a very exhausted condition.
BURIAL LOCATION: ST PETER AND ST LEONARD CHURCHYARD, HORBURY, YORKSHIRE.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PRIVATELY HELD. SOLD AT DNW IN MAY 2019 FOR £9,000.
Dix Noonan Webb – Image of the Charles Robinson AM Medal Group.