Sir William Robert Robertson

(1860—1933) army officer

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(1860–1933). ‘Wully’ Robertson's career was a classic rags-to-riches story. He enlisted as a private in the 16th Lancers in 1877, gained a commission, and was the first ranker to pass through Staff College, of which he later became commandant (1910–13). A rival and contemporary of Wilson (whom he followed as commandant at Camberley), he was a hard-working professional officer, when such types were rare. COS to the British Expeditionary Force in 1915, he later became CIGS, until succeeded by Wilson in 1918. Robertson was made a baronet in 1919 and commanded the British occupation of the Rhineland 1919–20, afterwards being promoted field marshal.

From The Oxford Companion to Military History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Military History.

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