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Name: John Joseph ROBSON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Sergeant Initials: J J Service No.:
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Greenwell Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 23
Unit: 226 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 7 Greenwell Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 20th September 1941
Place of Death: Hook of Holland.
Battle/Campaign: Undertaking air operations.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour. Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Font, at Robert Young Memorial Methodist Church, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Hookergate School Memorial, Highfield, Co. Durham.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery, Holland.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Air Crew Europe Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, 6th February 1942.
Family Details:
Son of James Patterson Robson, and Sarah Robson, of 7 Greenwell Terrace, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : John was baptised on 7th October 1918 at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Crawcrook. He was educated at the local schools of Crawcrook and Ryton and was an Old Boy of Hookergate School. The family were prominently connected with the Methodists at Crawcrook where his late father, James, was a well known local preacher. John enlisted in the RAF on 16th March 1940. He was on board Blenheim Z7310 that was undertaking anti shipping duties when the aircraft was hit by flak. The Blenheim crashed into the sea killing all of the crew. It is believed the aircraft was shot down over the Hook of Holland where John had flown many missions before.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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