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Field Marshal Sir William - 'Wullie' - Robertson, 1st Baronet, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, DSO was a remarkable man.

At a time when class and family (breeding) plus wealth was everything, Robertson rose from the very bottom of the ladder to the top - enlisting as a private soldier in November 1877 and rising to become Field Marshal (the only British soldier ever to have done so) and ultimately Head of the Armed Services as Chief of the Imperial General Staff.

He was born in Welbourn, Lincolnshire, on 29th January 1860. The house in the village still stands, and bears a plaque commemorating the event.



After leaving school in 1873 he became a garden boy at the local rectory before moving to Deene Park in Northamptonshire at a Footman. His military career almost never happened. When he went to enlist he was under-age and  - as would so often happen a few years later in the Great War - was told by the recruiting sergeant to 'come back in a few days' when he would be 'old enough&#…

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