Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Remembrance...

Remember the many...too many to count...

Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
 Remember the young...too young to die...

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

And when the many becomes to big to comprehend, remember the one.

James Peter Robertson's resting place

Name: ROBERTSON, JAMES PETER
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Unit Text: 27th Bn.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 06/11/1917
Service No: 552665
Awards: Victoria Cross

While in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium, I chanced upon the resting place of this young Canadian. An engine driver, born in Pictou County, NS,  J. P. Robertson was known to his buddies as "Singing Pete".  
He was the son of Alexander and Janet Robertson.

He died for his comrades. For Freedom.
Last year, the town of Stellarton, Nova Scotia officially opened The James Peter Robertson Memorial Park to commemorate his sacrifice.

An extract from "The London Gazette" No. 30471, dated 8th Jan., 1918, records the following:
"For most conspicuous bravery and outstanding devotion to duty in attack. When his platoon was held up by uncut wire and a machine gun causing many casualties, Pte. Robertson dashed to an opening on the flank, rushed the machine gun and, after a desperate struggle with the crew, killed four and then turned the gun on the remainder, who, overcome by the fierceness of his onslaught, were running towards their own lines. 
His gallant work enabled the platoon to advance. He inflicted many more casualties among the enemy, and then carrying the captured machine gun, he led his platoon to the final objective. He there selected an excellent position and got the gun into action, firing on the retreating enemy who by this time were quite demoralised by the fire brought to bear on them. During the consolidation Pte. Robertson's most determined use of the machine gun kept down the fire of the enemy snipers; his courage and his coolness cheered his comrades and inspired them to the finest efforts.
Later, when two of our snipers were badly wounded in front of our trench, he went out and carried one of them in under very severe fire. He was killed just as he returned with the second man."

Rest in Peace Singing Pete.

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