Lieutenant Colonel DONALD ROBERTSON

Serviceman Headstone image Serviceman grave marker serviceman image
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Forenames DONALD
Surname ROBERTSON
Initials D
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Sunday, 06 August 1944
Age 38
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From PRESTON, LANCASHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 120761
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Seaforth Highlanders
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 7 Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (15th Scottish Infantry Division)
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location III. B. 20.
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF DUNCAN JOHN AND MARGARET KEIR ROBERTSON; HUSBAND OF JOAN L. ROBERTSON, OF BROUGHTON, PRESTON, LANCASHIRE.

Additional Information

Lieutenant Colonel DONALD ROBERTSON had taken over command of 7 Battalion Seaforth Highlanders from Lieutenant Colonel E. H. G. Grant, Military Cross (MC). Lieutenant Colonel ROBERTSON died from wounds on the 6th August 1944, after an attack to take the village of Lassy, 23 miles (37 kilometers) south-west of Caen in Normandy.

 

The History of the 15 Scottish Division describes the action:

 

At about 3pm the Seaforth went through in advance guard formation, headed by their carrier platoon. No sooner had the leading company topped the crest to go down into the glen, however, than it ran into a hail of fire. Its forward platoons attacked and wiped out the nearer of the German outposts, but the company could make no further headway. Pinned to the ground on the open forward slopes, it was soon reduced to about forty men under one officer.

 

At the same time the suporting Coldstream had a number of their tanks knocked out by well-concealed 88mm guns; and Lieutenant Colonel Robertson, who had recently succeeded Lieutenant Colonel Grant in command of the Seaforth, was mortally wounded.1

 

 

References
1. The History of the Fifteenth Scottish Division 1939-1945, by Lieutenant General H. G. Martin C.B, D.S.O., O.B.E.. William Blackwood & Sons Ltd. Edinburgh and London. 1948. p.98.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph:  
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Additional information provided by: Carl Shilleto

 

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