b. 06/03/1896 Southsea, Hampshire. d. 10/01/1937 Durban, South Africa.
Born 6 May 1896, he was 22 years old, and a second lieutenant in the "A" Bty. 50th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, British Army during the First World War when he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
On 1 October 1918 at Ledeghem, Belgium, Lieutenant Gorle was in command of an 18-pounder gun working in close conjunction with the infantry. He brought his gun into action in the most exposed position on four separate occasions and disposed of enemy machine-guns by firing over open sights under direct fire. Later, when the infantry were driven back, he galloped his gun in front of the leading troops and twice knocked out enemy machine-guns which were causing the trouble. His disregard of personal safety was a magnificent example to the wavering line which rallied and re-took the northern end of the village.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON.
BURIAL PLACE: STELLA WOOD CEMETERY, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA.
Robert Gorle's medals including VC on display at Lord Ashcroft Gallery, Imperial War Museum, London
Picture - Derek Walker
SECTION K, GRAVE 144
RA Chapel, Woolwich