b. 07/07/1884 Strathpeffer, Ross, Scotland. d. 05/08/1955 Bourton on the Water, Gloucs.
Forbes-Robertson was born in 1884 and was educated at Cheltenham College. When he was 33 years old, and an Acting Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment, during the First World War at the Battle of Estaires, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 11/12 April 1918 near Vieux Berquin, France.
Four times Lieutenant Colonel Forbes-Robertson saved the line from breaking and averted a most serious situation. On one occasion, having made a reconnaissance on horseback in full view of the enemy under heavy fire, he led a counter-attack which was completely successful in establishing our line. When his horse was shot under him he continued on foot, steadying the men and inspiring confidence by his disregard for personal danger. On the second day he lost another horse and again continued on foot until he had established a line to which his own troops could withdraw.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BORDER REGIMENT MUSEUM, CARLISLE, CUMBRIA.
BURIAL PLACE: CHELTENHAM CEMETERY, CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier SECTION E1, GRAVE 717
James Forbes-Robertson's medals at Border Regiment, Carlisle (Thomas Stewart).
Border Regiment Memorial, Carlisle