Private James Robertson VC

robertson Private James Robertson VC

Private Robertson, from Medicine Hat Alberta in Canada was serving with the 27th Battalion Canadian Infantry on the 6th November 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

His citation reads:

"For most conspicuous bravery and outstanding devotion to duty in attack. When his platoon was held up by uncut wire and a machine gun causing many casualties, Pte Robertson dashed to an opening on the flank, rushed the machine gun and after a desperate struggle with the crew killed four then turned the gun on the remainder, who, overcome by the fierceness of his onslaught were running towards their own lines. His gallant work enabled the platoon to advance. He inflicted many more casualties among the enemy and then carrying the captured machine gun he led his platoon to the final objective. He there selected an excellent position and got the gun into action, firing on the retreating enemy who by this time were quite demoralised by the fire brought to bear on them. During the consolidation, Pte Robertsons most determined use of the machine gun kept down the fire of the enemy's snipers, his courage and coolness cheered his comrades and inspired them to the finest efforts. Later, when two of our snipers were badly wounded in front of our 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"

He is buried at the Tynecot cemetery at Passchendaele.