Pvt Tillman Washington Robinson

Pvt Tillman Washington Robinson

Birth
Berrien County, Georgia, USA
Death 6 Oct 1918 (aged 29)
Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Burial Nashville, Berrien County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 54166786 · View Source
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Find-A-Grave did not offer as a choice, the place of death. To the best of my knowledge, I believe it to be Kilchoman, Machir Bay on Islay, Scotland.

His Memorial Reads:

In Memory Of Tillman W. Robinson Born June 8th 1889 Was Drowned Oct. 6th 1918 Off The Coast Of Ireland On The Ill Fated Otranto In Defense Of The United States In The War With Germany Command Ft. Screven September Automatic Replacement Draft C.A.C. Unit No 2
Note: The memorial reads "Ireland" but the wreckage was actually closer to Scotland shores, although Ireland was not far away. The ship was coming into the inlet between Ireland and Scotland when it was destroyed by first, a collision with the ship Kashmir, then monstrous waves.

Note: The American transport steamer Otranto collided with the Kashmir off the coast of Islay, Scotland in high seas. Many of the men on the ships drowned due to these high seas. The dead were collected at the most suitable place and buried there. Do not know if Tillman was brought home after the war ended or if this is just a "memory" marker. His photo is included in the Georgia "Death Book" showing the soldiers from Georgia who died in WWI.

Tillman is also listed as a casualty in the book "Many Were Held by the Sea" (The Tragic Sinking Of HMS Otranto, Many Were Held By The Sea). By R. Neil Scott. On page 105 the author describes the final hours of the ship Otranto. "The end of HMS Otranto then came quite rapidly. The collision with the Kashmir had taken place at approximately 8:40 a.m.; about three hours later, at approximately 11:55 a.m. -- a huge breaker (wave), even more mountainous than the rest, picked her up and dropped her on the reef. Called Botha na Caillieach, or "Old Woman's Reef," the reef is located about three-quarters of a mile from shore, near the entrance to Machir Bay on Islay (Scotland)." He continues, "One massive wave and then another lifted and dropped the Otranto onto the reef, time and again, first breaking her into two large pieces then ripping her bottom clean out. In a matter of only a few more minutes, half of what remained of the ship lay twisted sideways along the reef. Then, yet another massive wave picked this twisted half up and, in the process of rolling it over, threw all still aboard into the sea before carrying the wreckage beneath the waves. The other half of the ship, held fast on the rocks, was then quickly pounded to pieces by the monstrous waves."

The waves were 30 to 40 feet, slamming against the rocky cliffs along the shoreline of Scotland.
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If it is still posted on YouTube, a video of what appears to be the shores Machir Bay on Islay, Scotland. Try to imagine 30 to 40 foot waves slamming the shores. http://youtu.be/sW85_IVv5QU

If you have any further information on Tillman W. Robinson, to include photos, etc., please contact me.

F. Ward
dragonfly7967@gmail.com



Inscription

In Memory Of Tillman W. Robinson Born June 8th 1889 Was Drowned Oct. 6th 1918 Off The Coast Of Ireland On The Ill Fated Otranto In Defense Of The United States In The War With Germany Command Ft. Screven September Automatic Replacement Draft C.A.C. Unit No 2