• S. R. Dennison
  • John R. Presley


Dennis Holme Robertson was born on 23 May 1890, the sixth and last child of four boys and two girls of the Rev. Dr James Robertson and Constance Elizabeth Wilson. His father had been a Classical Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, a Master at Rugby and Harrow and Headmaster of Haileybury. He resigned from the last in 1890 over a lawsuit brought by a parent (who received a farthing damages), even though he had been involved only indirectly — one can see whence Dennis got his own matchless sense of duty and integrity. He was then presented to the living of Whittlesford near Cambridge and between leaving Haileybury and taking up his new duties, spent the summer with his family in rented accommodation in Lowestoft, where Dennis was born. There is an interesting sidelight here. In May 1916 Lowestoft was bombed in a Zeppelin raid, and a letter from Dennis (in the Middle East) to his mother of the 19th reads.

I wonder if my old birthplace was really destroyed; any romance I might have had for it was spoiled by old Mrs — and Miss — (? the landladies), but I’m none the less grateful for all you went through there.


Middle East Liberal Party Lecture Room Downing Street Galley Proof 
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© Miss Esther C. Robertson 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. R. Dennison
    • 1
  • John R. Presley
    • 2
  1. 1.University of HullUK
  2. 2.Loughborough UniversityUK

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