1. Grave:Highgate Cemetery67. 41041.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.133

Awards & Titles:

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
Medicinae Baccalaureus

Family :

Husband of Mrs. H. Betham Robinson, of 8H, Bickenhall Mansions, Gloucester Place, London. Late of 1, Upper Wimpole St., London.

M.D., M.S., F.R.C.S. Senior Surgeon to St. Thomas' Hospital.

Military :


Unit :Royal Army Medical Corps 
Attached : 
Action :Natural Causes 

Detail :

BMJ Obituary. "HENRY BETHAM ROBINSON, M.S., F.R.C.S., Senior Surgeon to St. Thomas's Hospital. London. WE regret to record the death on July 31st, after some weeks' illness, of Mr. H. B. Robinson, senior surgeon of St. Thomas's Hospital. Henry Betham Robinson was born in August, 1860. He -received hiis school education at Dulwich College and entered St. Thomas's Hospital as a student in 1879. There lhe h'ad a most brilliant ,career both in work and games. As a half-back in the XV he learned- to play the game in a way which stood hiim well in his later life, and enabled hiim to develop that humour, kindliness, willingness, and decision which made hii'm such a good lecturer and teacher of anatomy and surgery. At the London University he won many distinctions, the chlief being the Scholarship and Gold Medal in Medicine at the M.B. and the Gold Medal of the B.S. examinations. In 1893 he was appointed assistant surgeon on the staff of St. Thomas's Hospital. The turn of fortune gave him a long period of probation to serve before his advancement to the senior staff. This period of waiting lie turned to good account. His out-patient clinic was always crowded with students bent on picking up instruction wlich he gave, in a most attractive way. Few can have excelled hiim in this. In 1892 he was elected one of the Hunterian Lecturers of the Royal College of Surgeons, choosing as his subject .Cystic diseases of the breast. The lectures are a mine of information. His later years were more occupied by teaching than publication. In 1901 the Cheselden masonic lodge was started at St.Thiomas's Hospital. Mr. Robinson soon became a member and in masonry found an outlet for his surplus energies. He occupied tlhe Master's chair'of this lodge, when stricken with illness which was to rob the hiospital of a' great teacher, wlhose kindness and geniality went straight to the heart of the student. The greater part of Mr. Robinson's work was done at this hospital, which will long mourn his loss. When the war broke out he took up work at the No. 2 General Hospital, later volunteering his services at the King George Hospital, where he worked witlh keen interest until he found it necessary to save all his strength for his own hospital and its military part, the No. 5 General Hospital, to, which he was attached. The war showed him to his colleagues as one willing to undertake much extra work thus enabling others to go away, sacrificing himself-how,much we now kinow-in its performance. Can it be wondered that so many mourn and feel his loss; or tlhat so many paid a last tribute to hiis memory by attending the servics held in the St. Marylebone Parish Church and the hospital chapel."

He was a member of the East India Club. See also : East India Club Roll of Honour.

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from the Spanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Cheselden No. 2870 E.C.London
Joined : De Grey and Ripon No. 905 E.C. London

19th January 1906
6th March 1906
18th May 1906

Worshipful Master. Initiated into Cheselden Lodge No. 2870 in 1906 and became a joining member of De Gray and Ripon Lodge No. 905 from 1908.

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