Paul Douglas Robertson (1892 – 04/08/1975) was awarded the Albert Medal for his actions at Hornsea, Lincolnshire, on 28/02/1918 while an Acting Flight Commander, Royal Naval Air Service, in command of Hornsea Mere Sub-Station.
“On 28th February 1918, a seaplane got out of control and spun to the ground. Robertson, the observer, jumped from the machine just before he hit the ground and landed safely, as the ground was marshy. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant HC Lemon, was imprisoned in the seaplane, which, on striking the ground, immediately burst into flames, and notwithstanding that the vicinity of the seaplane was quickly a furnace of burning petrol, and that heavy bombs, a number of rounds of ammunition, and the reserve petrol tank were all likely to explode, Robertson returned and endeavoured to extricate the pilot, and only desisted when he had been so severely burned in the face, hands and leg that his recovery was for some time in doubt.”
He exchanged his Albert Medal for a George Cross by post in 1972, since he was not well enough to travel to London for the investiture.
He is buried in Purewa Cemetery, Auckland, New Zealand.
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