James Forbes-Robertson

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James Forbes-Robertson
James Forbes-Robertson VC.jpg
Born(1884-07-07)7 July 1884
Strathpeffer, Ross and Cromarty
Died5 August 1955(1955-08-05) (aged 71)
Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire
BuriedCheltenham Cemetery
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1904–1934
Commands held152nd Infantry Brigade
2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
5th Battalion, Border Regiment
87th Brigade
1st Battalion, Border Regiment
1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Battles/warsFirst World War
AwardsVictoria Cross
Distinguished Service Order & Bar
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (3)

Colonel James Forbes-Robertson VC, DSO & Bar, MC (7 July 1884 – 5 August 1955) was a British Army officer and a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest 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. During the First World War, he served as the Deputy Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment, and served as the unit's Acting Commanding Officer during the Battle of Monchy-le-Preux in April, 1917.[1] 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.[2]

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.


  1. ^ Nicholson, G.W.L. (1964). The Fighting Newfondlander. St. John's: Government of Newfoundland.
  2. ^ "No. 30697". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 May 1918. p. 6057.

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