Corporal Ethel Isobel Robinson

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by anniemudge, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. anniemudge

    anniemudge Member

    I came across the grave of Ethel Isobel Robinson today at Burnmoor cemetery (near Sunderland) and it intrigued me.

    Her service number was 428394 and she served with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force.

    She died on Christmas Day 1944 - at the age of 24.

    A search of Ancestry has revealed um, well, nothing!! Can anyone shed any light on her, please?
  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Hello Annie

    forum member Tonym will possibly be able to assist further when he logs on next

  3. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day ethel isobel robinson .a sad post die on xmas day,a day of rejoicing.may she rest in peace,regards bernard85 :poppy: :poppy:
  4. Tonym

    Tonym WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hello Annie

    Unfortumately whilst I have her on record I have no further information regarding her death. Will pass on anything that turns up, will be grateful if you hear anything further.

  5. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    At findmypast there are 2 possibilities, but I favour the one born in Durham in 1920. It gave the birth address as Chester Le Street, Durham. I've tried a search using the on line newspapers but can find nothing using either the name or the address.

    Annie, would Ancestry reveal the mothers maiden name for the above birth in 1920?
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007 about Ethel I Robinson
    Name: Ethel I Robinson
    Birth Date: abt 1920
    Date of Registration: Dec 1944
    Age at Death: 24
    Registration district: Durham Northern
    Inferred County: Durham
    Volume: 10a
    Page: 564

    For birth there is only 1 Ethel I Robinson as below BUT there are other Ethel Robinson's

    England & Wales, Birth Index, 1916-2005 about Ethel I Robinson
    Name: Ethel I Robinson
    Mother's Maiden Surname: Wrce
    Date of Registration: Jul-Aug-Sep 1920
    Registration district: Chester le Street
    Inferred County: Durham
    Volume Number: 10a
    Page Number: 1377
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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    For information

    Ethel Isobel ROBINSON
    Corporal, No. 428394, Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force.
    25th Dec. 1944, aged 24 years
    Buried St. Barnabas, Burnmoor, Churchyard. Ref. Sect.f., Row 4, Grave 23.
    CWGC Stone, with RAF badge and 2 urns.

    Perhaps it is worth contacting and ask them for information ??


    edited to add:
    Came across this website whcih shows in the tables only 1 death for WAAF and that was in 1944 - perhaps its your Ethel. I also note the statement:

    "Furthermore, the authors indicate that 91 airwomen (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) died on duty."


    [SIZE=12.800000190734863px]"[/SIZE]I have not, however, been able to find the 91 Women's Auxiliary Air Force casualties, reported by Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everett"
  8. anniemudge

    anniemudge Member

    Thank you so much for everyone who has helped here. Unfortunately, despite checking out Ethel's birth record and trying to trace her family through her mother's maiden name (Wroe), I'm no further forward. Instead, I'll put an appeal in the local paper - and hopefully someone local might be able to shed a bit of light on this. If I get anything, I'll update this post!
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Annie

    Just doing another search on Ancestry for:

    Surname : Wroe born 1895 +/- 10 years
    Married : Robinson 1910 +/- 10 years
    and came up with 1 result

    Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 about Gertrude Wroe
    Name: Gertrude Wroe
    Birth Year: abt 1886
    Age: 29
    Marriage Date: 18 Dec 1915
    Parish: Werneth, St Thomas
    Parish as it Appears: S Thomas Werneth
    Father's Name: James Wroe
    Spouse's Name: Frank Robinson
    Spouse's Father's Name: James Robinson
    Reference Number: L219
    Item Number: 2
    Archive Roll: 902

    She (Gertrude) also appears on the census's - if you need I can give you more details, assuming this is the mother of Ethel.


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