As a result of a very fortunate contact with Mr Charlie Vincent, the great-grandson of Sir William Robertson, we are able to show some excellent photographs and clippings from his exceptional life. His rise from a Private to Field Marshal is remarkable. You can read elsewhere on this site about "Wully" and his career in more detail; this is a visual record.
Charlie Vincent wrote to the Editor and said, "I am just writing to say how much I enjoyed reading the piece on my great-grandfather Sir William Robertson on your site. It is good to know that his memory is kept alive with sites such as this one".
Charlie was invited to make a contribution to the site to help us learn more about his Great-Grandfather; these extracts from Charlie's Grandmother's scrapbook he has generously supplied make fascinating viewing.
We are very grateful indeed to Charlie Vincent for allowing the WFA to show these images.
1. With the King and Queen 28 June 1916
2. The King sharing a laugh with William Robertson
3. 22 October 1916
4. "Do the right thing and do it on time"
5. March 1917
6. April 1917
7. Date Unknown
8. Date Unknown
9. Date Unknown
10. With Winston Churchill. Date unknown. Charlie comments: "Where do you suppose this photograph was taken? Perhaps it's impossible to say?"
11. A slightly blurred but very atmospheric image of Sir William and Churchill.
12. A newspaper tribute to Sir William following the unveiling of a memorial tablet in his name. 1934
13. Also 1934, linked to the unveiling
14. Charlie comments (and I am sure we all agree): "This last one is fantastic. It is a tapestry worked by the young William Robertson whilst a private in the 16th Lancers in 1878. I suppose they didn't have televisions in hospitals back in those days so what better way to pass the time than praise the regiment!"
View all images as a slideshow (click on the expand button to see it full size; press your "Esc" key to close it.
All images copyright Charlie Vincent 2010.
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