Robinson Family

Normanton / Bottesford

By Andrew Robinson

Stan Robinson
Sidney Robinson
Sid and Eva Robinson in 1962
Vera Robinson
'Beauty Queen Express' for the Coal Queen of Great Britain contest
Now believe that John Robinson was born in 1764 at Westborough near Long Bennington and that Elizabeth Branston was born in 1769 rather than 1789 and 1776

Stanley Bernard Robinson was born in 1923, educated at Bottesford School, married Vera Thurlby from Denton. He was employed by the London North Eastern Railway as a Fireman, then by British Rail as Steam Locomotive Engineer / Driver and as a Diesel Locomotive Engineer / Driver.

As a Fireman, Stan assisted the Steam Locomotive Engineer pulling the Royal Train carrying Princess Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince Charles and Princess Ann from King’s Cross to Grantham.

Sid Robinson, born in 1899 at Easthorpe, Bottesford, married Eva May Leese. Their children were Stan, Sid, Ivan Richard and Patricia.

During the 1st World War, Sid served with the Durham Light Infantry Regiment from 1914 until 1920. Sid was also on the Railway as a Signalman between Bottesford and Normanton. Post retirement, he was employed as the Normanton Village Postman.

Stan at Grantham station about to drive the Skegness train with the girls entering the Coal Queen of Great Britain contest, along with Miss Great Britain and the President of the TUC who were on the panel of Judges in 1972.

This page was added on 13/06/2009.

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for the amendment concerning John and Elizabeth Robinson and for adding this page on the Robinson family to the web site.

    By David Middleton - Editorial Group (23/06/2009)
  • George Bainbridge was employed as a fireman with the LNER Company and British Railways and assisted the Locomotive Engineer pulling the Royal train from Grantham to Edinburgh relieving the Locomotive Engineer and fireman Stan Robinson

    By Andrew Robinson (23/06/2009)
  • Was Sid’s brother Bernard (Ben) Robinson?

    By Wendi Robinson (01/09/2016)
  • Hi Wendi, That’s a good question. I have checked the Bottesford census of 1911, and have found that Thomas ( a lampman on the GNR) and Sarah Robinson lived in a cottage near to Willow Farm in Normanton, and with them in 1911 there were six children: Sydney (aged 12), Winifred (9), Herbert (8), Bernard (6), Marjorie (3) and Stanley (1). Sydney was born in Easthorpe, but Bernard was born at Northampton. They were indeed brothers. I hope this is of help, Best wishes, Neil Fortey (editorial team)

    By Neil Fortey (02/09/2016)
  • Thank you Neil. Did you mean Ben was born at Normanton? Ben was my Grandad Who married Ivy Pearson, they had two son Denys & my Father Peter.
    I have many old photographs if you are interested in seeing them?

    By Wendi Robinson (03/09/2016)
  • Hello Wendi, I have checked the 1911 census on the internet and find that I have indeed made a mistake in transcribing the census – Winifred, Herbert and Bernard Robinson were all born in Normanton, not Northampton. Thanks for spotting that. Neil

    By Neil Fortey (04/09/2016)
  • Thank you. I’m enjoying this site so much.

    By Wendi Robinson (04/09/2016)

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