Captain Clement Robertson VC
7th Battalion The East Surrey Regiment
|Captain Clement Robertson VC|
He was born at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on 15th December 1890 and won his Victoria Cross on 4th October 1917 at Zonnebeke, Belgium, where he was killed. A memorial is in Oxford Road Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. His mother received the Victoria Cross from Brigadier General C Williams CB, Commanding Dublin District at the Royal Barracks, Dublin, on 27th March 1918.
His Citation reads:-
“For most conspicuous bravery in leading his tanks in attack under heavy shell, machine-gun and rifle fire over ground which had been heavily ploughed by shell-fire. Captain Robertson, knowing the risk of the tanks missing the way, continued to lead them on foot, guiding them carefully and patiently towards their objective, although he must have known that his action would almost inevitably cost him his life. This gallant officer was killed after his objective had been reached, but his skilful leading had already ensured successful action. His utter disregard of danger and devotion to duty afford an example of outstanding valour.”
Date of Act of Bravery