Defence Medal 1939-45, un named as issued. Comes with extensive research and copies of: M. C, medal rolls, Army service papers, R. Service papers, London Gazettes, photographs, 9 & 19 Squadron logs, medical reports and obituary. London Gazette 1 January 1919.
Note there were only 679 A. Squadron Leader Brian Kyte David Robertson. Was born on 25/5/1897 at Horfield, Bristol, he was educated at Sexeys School Bruton and enlisted 4/5/1914 with the 6th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, he was an apprentice Engineer at the time. The Battalion was embodied 5/8/14 but since he had just turned 17 he was retained in England with the 2/6. Attended and passed a Machine Gun Course Colchester 7/6/1915.Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 10/9/1915 to the 3/6 Gloucestershire Regiment which was a home service training Battalion. His obituary states that he served in France from February 1916 as a Machine Gun Officer with the Worcester Regiment however it is more probable that it was with the Gloucesters.
After 3 months he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and qualified as an Observer on 16 May 1916 and was sent to No. C which was equipped with the B. He attended and passed another Machine Gun Course 12 29 June 1916.
Robertson flew reconnaissance and artillery spotting missions during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, assisting XIII Corps on the first day. After 10 months service in France as an observer, he attended pilots school and qualified as a Pilot 16/5/1917 (Certificate 7405) being posted to No 19 Squadron R. The squadron was equipped with single seater Spad S. The Squadron Record Book records his activities 31/8/ - 12/11/1917, including an engagement over Tourcoing on 11 September when in a battle with two enemy aircraft which they drove off to the east, returning'considerably shot about'.Just three days later they were dived upon by a formation of enemy, one of which they managed to attack and drive down damaged. Similar hot action continued, when Robertson may have accounted for an enemy aircraft over Ghulevelt on 18 October. Is not sleeping well, occasional nightmares about crashes. Has not lost confidence in his ability to fly but finds himself worrying the machine may fall to pieces, is affected by seeing numerous crashes at the Aerodrome. He remained in England becoming a flying instructor training such notables as the future Air Commodore D'Arcy Greig, who mentions Robertson in his book My Golden Flying Years. My Flight Commander, Flight Lieutenant B. Robertson, assumed responsibility for me as his pupil.
Brian was a fine example of what a good instructor should be. An excellent Pilot, calm and precise, and possessing a more than ample fund of patience, while his manner at all times would be cheerful and full of confidence. He was awarded the Air Force Cross in the New Years honours list 1/1/1919, for his instructing activities. Squadron (Fighters) and was demobilised 31/3/1919. He was granted a Commission in the R.
F 1/11/1921 and served in Shaibah, Iraq 1925 27 (No 84 Squadron), Staff HQ Coastal Area 1929, promoted Squadron leader 1/2/1932 retiring from the R. F 24/10/1936 on ill health. During WW2 Robertson served with the National Fire Service, Edinburgh District (awarded Defence Medal) and died on the 3/12/1961 in Edinburgh.
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The item "WW1 RFC & RAF AFC FIGHTER PILOT MEDAL GROUP SQUADRON LEADER ROBERTSON 19 SQN" is in sale since Friday, June 4, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectables\Militaria\1914 - 1918 (WWI)". The seller is "jb_military_antiques_14" and is located in 2/135 Russell St, Morley, Perth, WA.
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