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24 Hours Apart
The telegrams that reported the deaths of James and his elder brother Thomas Robinson both arrived at Benson Hall in Cumbria at the beginning of October 1917. James was killed by a shell near Ypres in Belgium on September 29 1917. On the following day, many miles away in France, Thomas received a gunshot wound in the head and died from his injuries two days later. James had farmed with his father at Benson Hall but enlisted in January 1915 as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery and was in France for two years before he was killed aged 22. Tom had left the area to become a police constable in Scammonden, Yorkshire. He volunteered for the West Yorkshire Regiment at Halifax in December 1915 but had been transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment when he was killed in France in 1917 aged 31. James and Tom were sons of John and Agnes Robinson who farmed for many years at Hollin Root near Garth Row and Benson Hall and retired to Goldmire Cottage, Scalthwaiterigg. The sons’ names have been added to their father’s grave in Skelsmergh churchyard.