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William Robertson
27 February 1865 – 6 December 1949
The battle of Elandslaagte
Place of birth Dumfries, Scotland
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Resting place Portobello Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit The Gordon Highlanders
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Victoria Cross
Commander of the British Empire

Lieutenant-Colonel William Robertson VC CBE (27 February 1865 - 6 December 1949) 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.



Robertson was 34 years old, and a sergeant-major in the 2nd Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following action took place at the Battle of Elandslaagte for which he was awarded the VC.

At the Battle of Elandslaagte, on the 21st October, 1899, during the final advance on the enemy's position, this Warrant Officer led each successive rush, exposing himself fearlessly to the enemy's artillery and rifle fire to encourage the men. After the main position had been captured, he led a small party to seize the Boer camp. Though exposed to a deadly cross-fire from the enemy's rifles, he gallantly held on to the position captured, and continued to encourage the men until he was dangerously wounded in two places.[1]

Further information

Robertson was later commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders as a Quartermaster with the rank of Lieutenant. He was promoted Captain in 1910, Major in 1915, and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1917. He retired in 1920. After his retirement he became honorary treasurer of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National War Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.


  1. ^ London Gazette: no. 27212, p. 4509, 20 July 1900. Retrieved on 28 November 2009.

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