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Robertson, Sir William R.
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Robertson, Sir William R.

( January 29, 1860, Welbourn [Lincolnshire] – February 12, 1933, London), British field marshal and chief of the General Staff. Robertson joined the army as a private in 1877, the first of many steps in his singular rise to field marshal. As a man of excellent intellect and initiative, Robertson was to become the first officer to have risen through the ranks and then passed the military academy. As a staff officer he would soon make his mark. He served as quartermaster gene…

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Bourne, J.M., “Robertson, Sir William R.”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2015

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