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PVT James Peter Robertson

PVT James Peter Robertson

Pictou, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 6 Nov 1917 (aged 34)
Passchendaele, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Burial Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Plot LVIII. D. 26.
Memorial ID 6191 · View Source
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World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Nova Scotia, Canada, he served as a Private in the 27th Battalion, Manitoba Regiment, Canadian Infantry. On November 6, 1917, during the assault on Passchendaele, Belgium, Private Robertson’s platoon was held up by uncut wire and a enemy machine gun causing many casualties. He on his own rushed the machine gun, after a desperate struggle with the crew, killed four and then turned the gun on the remainder which were running towards their own lines. He inflicted more casualties among the enemy, then carrying the captured machine gun, he led his platoon to the final objective. There he got the machine gun into action, firing on the retreating enemy and kept down the fire of the enemy snipers. Later, when two of his comrades were badly wounded in front of his trench, he went out and carried one of them in under very severe fire. He was killed just as he returned with the second man. For most conspicuous bravery, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on January 11, 1918.
Service No: 552665
Age: 35
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry, 27th Bn.
Honors: V C

Son of Alexander and Janet Robertson, of 656, 5th St., South East, Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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