Sergeant-Major William Robertson

2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders

21st October 1899, Elandslaagte.
william Robertson VC

    At the battle of Elandslaagte, October 21, 1899, during the final and decisive advance on the Boer position, Sergeant-Major Robertson led each successive rush of his battalion, exposing himself fearlessly to the enemy's artillery and rifle-fire in order to encourage the men. When the main position had been captured, he led a small party to seize the Boer camp, which operation was successfully carried out, and though a deadly cross-fire was poured upon him and his men, he continued to hold on to the position, encouraging them until he was dangerously wounded in the body and sustained a compound fracture of the left arm.

   William Robertson, son of Mr. John Robertson, of Dumfries, was Born at Greyfriars, Dumfriesshire, on February 27, 1865. Enlisted in the 2nd Gordons at Devonport, December 1, 1884, rising to warrant rank in 1895, and Quarter-master 3rd Gordons May 12, 1900.
   After some years of service in India, landed in South Africa on October 8, 1899, two days before the Boer Ultimatum to Great Britain, proceeding immediately to Ladysmith, in the defence of which he took part after recovery from his wounds received at Elandslaagte, and for which he possesses a clasp to his medal as well as those for Elandslaagte and Cape Colony.
   On Christmas Day, 1900, after his return home, was presented, in recognition of his bravery and distinguished services, with the freedom of his native town, having, four months previously, received the Victoria Cross from the hands of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle.



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