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Clement Robertson VC

Clement Robertson (15/12/1890 – 04/10/1917) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Zonnebeke, Belgium, On 4 October 1917.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of 14 December 1917, Supplement: 30433, Page: 13222, reads:

“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, machinegun 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.”

He is buried in Oxford Road Cemetery,  Ypres, Belgium.

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Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Memorial

I found the Household Cavalry and Royal Armoured Corps Memorial while visiting the Tank Museum at Bovington in December 2013. The museum is an amazing experience on its own, and the memorial just adds that much more to the experience.

Sadly, this memorial is still being added to, the last names on it date to Iraq 2003, and I am sure that even more will be added as wars never really end.

Roll of Honour

Roll of Honour

At the museum there is also a fibreglass replica of the Royal Tank Regiment Memorial Statue that stands in Whitehall Place in London.

However, it is really the machines that are exhibited at this museum that are the real memorials to the men of the armoured corps, and it should be recognised that the first tank that appeared on the battlefield of World War 1, changed warfare forever.

The Tank Museum at Bovington is well worth visiting if you have an interest in armoured vehicles, it has an amazing collection, and at times a very poignant one, especially when you consider the frailty and sheer inadequacy of some of the tanks that trundled into battle.

The Poppy Field.

The Poppy Field.

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