Born in in 1891 in Beccles, Suffolk to William and Jane Robinson who were living in Denmark Road, Beccles. His father was a printer compositor but sadly died 1898 and his widow became a dressmaker and lodging house keeper. She later lived at 37 Ballygate, Beccles. On the 1911 Census, he was living at 33 Regents Square, St Pancras, London and working as a Club Clerk (Shorthand Typist) at the National Sporting Club. He was said to be living in Welwyn on enlistment.