James Forbes-Robertson

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James Forbes-Robertson
VC DSO & Bar MC DL
James Forbes-Robertson VC.jpg
Born 7 July 1884
Strathpeffer, Ross and Cromarty
Died 5 August 1955(1955-08-05) (aged 71)
Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
Buried at Cheltenham Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Colonel
Unit The Border Regiment
The Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Gordon Highlanders
16th Middlesex
Battles/wars First World War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Distinguished Service Order and Bar
Military Cross

Colonel James Forbes-Robertson VC DSO MC DL (7 July 1884 – 5 August 1955) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Forbes-Robertson was born in 1884 and was educated at Cheltenham College. When he was 33 years old, and an Acting Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment, during the First World War at the Battle of Estaires, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 11/12 April 1918 near Vieux-Berquin, France: Four times Lieutenant Colonel Forbes-Robertson saved the line from breaking and averted a most serious situation. On one occasion, having made a reconnaissance on horseback in full view of the enemy under heavy fire, he led a counter-attack which was completely successful in establishing our line. When his horse was shot under him he continued on foot, steadying the men and inspiring confidence by his disregard for personal danger. On the second day he lost another horse and again continued on foot until he had established a line to which his own troops could withdraw.

In August 1918 he was given the temporary rank of brigadier general whilst he served as a staff officer, later reverting to his substantive rank. He later achieved the rank of colonel and transferred to the Gordon Highlanders where he ended his career.

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