Daniel Burges VC, DSO

Daniel Burges (1 July 1873 – 24 October 1946) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the First World War during the battle of Battle of Doiran.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 31067, Page: 14774, reads:

“Maj. (T./Lt.-Col.) Daniel Burges, D.S.O., Glouc. R., Commanding 7th (S) Bn., S. Wales Bord.

For most conspicuous bravery, skilful leading and devotion to duty in the operations at Jumeaux (Balkans) on the 18th September. 1918. His valuable reconnaissance of the enemy first line trenches enabled him to bring his battalion without casualties to the assembly point, and from thence he maintained direction with great skill, though every known landmark was completely obscured by smoke and dust. When still some distance from its objective the battalion came under severe machine-gun fire which caused many casualties amongst company leaders. Lt.-Col. Burges, though himself wounded, quite regardless of his own safety, kept moving to and fro through his command, encouraging his men and assisting them to maintain formation and direction. Finally, as they neared the enemy’s position, he led them forward through a decimating fire until he was again hit twice and fell unconscious.

His coolness and personal courage were most marked throughout and afforded a magnificent example to all ranks.”

He was cremated at Arnos Vale Crematorium in Bristol where his ashes are interred. A memorial plaque was unveiled on 24 October 2006


Crematorium Memorial. Arnos Vale Cemetery

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James Forbes-Robertson VC, DSO, MC, DL

James Forbes-Robertson, 07/07/1884 – 05/08/1955) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 11/12 April 1918 near Vieux Berquin, France.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 30697, Page: 6057 reads: 

“Captain (A./Lt.-Col.) James Forbes-Robertson, D.S.O., M.C., Bord. R.

For most conspicuous bravery whilst commanding his battalion during the heavy fighting. Through his quick judgement, resource, untiring energy and magnificent example, Lt.- Col. Forbes-Robertson on four separate occasions saved the line from breaking and averted a situation which might have had the most serious and far-reaching results.

On the first occasion, when troops in front were falling back, he made a rapid reconnaissance on horse-back, in full view of the enemy, under heavy machine-gun and close range shell fire. He then organised and, still mounted, led a counter-attack which was completely successful in re-establishing our line. When his horse was shot under him he continued on foot.

Later on the same day, when troops to the left of his line were giving way, he went to that flank and checked and steadied the line, inspiring confidence by his splendid coolness and disregard of personal danger. His horse was wounded three times and he was thrown five times.

The following day, when the troops on. both his flanks were forced to retire, he formed a post at battalion headquarters and with his battalion still held his ground, thereby covering the retreat of troops on his flanks. Under the heaviest fire this gallant officer fearlessly exposed himself when collecting parties, organising and encouraging.

On a subsequent occasion, when troops were retiring on his left and the condition of things on his right were obscure, he again saved the situation by his magnificent example and cool judgement. Losing a second horse, he continued alone on foot until he had established a line to which his own troops could withdraw and so conform to the general situation. ”

He is buried in Prestbury Cemetery in Cheltenham. 

James Forbes-Robertson VC, DSO, MC, DL 07/07/1884 - 05/08/1955. Prestbury Cemetery, Cheltenham

Grave Insciption

The Cross of Sacrifice. Prestbury Cemetery, Cheltenham.

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