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William Robertson

  • Birth 27 Feb 1865
  • Death 6 Dec 1949
  • Burial Portobello, City of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Memorial ID 8105890

Boer War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sergeant Major in the Gordon Highlanders, British Army. On October 21, 1899, at the Battle of Elandslaagte, Africa, during the final advance on the enemy's position, Sergeant Major Robertson led each successive rush, exposing himself to the enemy's artillery and rifle fire. After the main position had been captured, he led a small party to seize the Boer camp. Though exposed to cross-fire from the enemy's rifles, he held on to the position captured and continued to encourage the men until he was wounded. For gallantry of the highest order, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal and later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 20 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8105890
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Robertson (27 Feb 1865–6 Dec 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8105890, citing Portobello Cemetery, Portobello, City of Edinburgh, Scotland ; Maintained by Find A Grave .