War veteran has fought his last battle


Published Date: 22 January 2009
A VETERAN soldier, who fought the Japanese in Burma during the Second World War, has died.
Alan Robson, 88, from Oak Avenue, Cleadon Park, South Shields, received the Burma Star campaign medal for his efforts.

He volunteered to fight when the war broke out, and was assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF) Regiment – the ground fighting force of the RAF.

He saw action in Kohima, on the border between Burma and India, where a lot of men were killed trying to stop the Japanese push into India.

He saw the rest of the war out in Calcutta, and returned home to work for television manufacturer Thorns in Sunderland, where he became foreman.

Mr Robson was born in Hendon, Sunderland, and went to Chester Road Boys' School.

He was a choirboy at Bishopwearmouth Church until he was 16, and a member of the church's boys' club.

He was also a keen footballer, playing in the North Eastern League, and also for the RAF Regiment.

The Sunderland AFC supporter also enjoyed watching the sport on television, and was a regular at Roker Park in his youth.

After the war, he attended annual forces reunions with his friend and companion of 26 years, Ena Spowart, also 88.

They also used to go to Scotland every year in their touring caravan, which they only gave up at the age of 80.

Mrs Spowart said: "We had a great life together. He was a lovely, good man."

Mr Robson had started to suffer from the onset of dementia and had been in hospital since September after having a bad fall at home.

He died of septicaemia on January 6, and his funeral was held on January 16 at South Shields Crematorium.

R.I.P Alan Robson

God rest his soul.

Per Ardua