Robinson, Stanley John Daly (1917-1939)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who have lost their lives in the service of their country, 1919-1939 and 1946 to date.
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Details: Stanley John Daly Robinson (1917-1939), born 3 November 1917, son of Dr Francis Harry Robinson (Old Shirburnian), Ophthalmic Surgeon, P.O. Uitenhage, South Africa.
Attended Park Town Preparatory School, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1931-July 1936; School Prefect; 1st XI 1935, 1936 (captain); 1st XV 1933, 1934, 1935 (captain); 1st XI Hockey 1935; Gym Squad 1933-1934 (captain 1935-36); 1st Class Gym; Camp PT Squad 1935; PT Instructor with Badge; Trebles (1933-36); Captain of Swimming (1936); Captain of Boxing (1936); Sergeant in OTC.
Acting Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force.
Died on 30 January 1939 when his Blenheim Mk.I L1476 of 64 Fighter Squadron RAF crashed on Sykes Moor, Derbyshire during a training flight from RAF Church Fenton.
Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, October 1939:
Robinson, Stanley John Daly. Parry-Jones’s 1931-1936. Died January, 1939. The day after the announcement in The Times of the death of Theodore Carr-Ellison, the School was shocked to read that Stanley Robinson was missing, presumed dead, a presumption which was later confirmed by the discovery of his machine and its two occupants on the Derbyshire Moors, where it has crashed in mist. The son and brother of Old Shirburnians, he was a wonderful athlete and was Captain of the XV, the XI, and of the Swimming and Boxing Teams. He has played for the RAF and seemed destined to attain the highest honours. But he had far more than athletic prowess. Carefree, light-hearted, generous, he never bore a grudge and never did a mean thing, and his death, at the age of 21, has cut short a life full of laughter, friendship and the joy of living, a life given as surely as if he had died fighting in the service of his country.