Full name: Douglas Francis Robinson
Born: August 12, 1864 in Plymouth, Montserrat, Montserrat
Died: January 19, 1937 in Dalston, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Union Club/Standard Athletic Club
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
The son of Irish-born parents, Douglas Robinsonâs father was Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, and his grandfather was Admiral Hercules Robinson. Douglasâ father was the president of Montserrat from 1862, and Robinson was born there. He later lived in the Dominica, the Falkland Islands, Leeward Islands and Western Australia, after his father accepted other postings. Douglas went on to become a notable painter, sportsman and soldier.
He joined the Navy as a midshipman at the age of 13 and rose to the rank of lieutenant-commander but left to study painting in Paris, where he became an expert water colour artist, specializing in landscapes. When the Boer War broke out Robinson joined the Army and went on to become a Major. During World War I he was captured, and during his time as a prisoner-of-war at Loos, he painted many landscapes from his cell window.
A keen sportsman, Robinson was at home on a horse as he was with a cricket bat in hand. Sadly, his cricket record, playing for France at the 1900 Olympics, saw him dismissed for a âpairâ â two ducks. However, as a bowler, he succeeded in claiming the wickets of [John Symes] and [Alfred Powlesland] In Great Britainâs first innings. Robinson died at the German Hospital at Dalston in East London.
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