Clement Robertson VC
Name: Clement Robertson
Conflict: First World War
Gazetted: December 18, 1917
Place/date of birth: Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa/December 15, 1890
Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): 2nd Lieutenant (Acting Captain)
Date of bravery: October 4, 1917
London Gazette citation:
2nd Lieutenant Clement Robertson, late R.W. Surrey R., Special Reserve (T./Lieutenant, A./Captain, Tank Corps)
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.
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Other decorations: N/A
Place/date of death: Near Reutel, Belgium/October 4, 1917
Grave/memorials: Headstone, Oxford Road Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium; memorial plaque, Christ Church, Delgany, Co Wicklow, Ireland; Haileybury College Memorial
Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2022
Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum