11 April 2018Lieutenant Frederick Neal Robertson
Today is the centenary of the death in France of Lieutenant Frederick Neal Robertson of Walls. Frederick was one of the three Orcadians killed on the third day of the German Lys Offensive in April 1918. The situation for the British Expeditionary Force was so desperate that its commander, Field-Marshall Douglas Haig, issued on the 11th his famous "Backs to the Wall" Order of the Day. A new biography of Frederick, drawing on information in his WO 374 Officers' Letters file and the War Diary of his unit, 1/4th Gordon Highlanders, has been added as a pdf to the Walls section of the website. It can be downloaded direct using the link below.