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"A Miraculous Escape"

Report from a Skegness (Lincolnshire) newspaper in 1941

REGRETTABLE ACCIDENT TO CAPT. R. S. ROBERTSON

A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE

Capt. R. S. Robertson, R.A., a former Skegness builder and contractor, whose wife and children live in Suningdale Drive, was the victim of a serious accident last week when he was shot by a sentry through a misunderstanding, the bullet entering his head.

Blood transfusions and operations have been resorted to in what has been a great fight for his life.  The latest news recieved at his Skegness home reports that Capt. Robertson's progress was in the right direction and his escape is regarded as miraculous.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Capt. Robertson is a former army officer, and set up in business in Skegness as a builder and contractor after being demobilised after 1914-18.  He has been closely identified as an officer of the No. 1 Skegness Coy. of the Boys' Brigade, and holds office in the St. Clement Lodge of Freemasons.

He joined the local Anti-Aircraft unit soon after its formation.  All "News" readers will wish him a complete and speedy recovery.


RAF Hospital Ely, 1941

March 1941

RAF Hospital Ely

Left to Right:-
» S/Ldr. Campbell
» P/O Westgate MBE
» Sister Stephens
» Capt. "Robbie" Robertson
» F/Lt. Goddard (D.F.C.)




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RAF Hospital Ely, 1941

March 1941

RAF Hospital Ely

Left to Right:-
» Capt. "Robbie" Robertson
» Wing/Cmd. Cato
» F/Lt. Goddard (D.F.C.)


RAF Hospital Ely, 1941

March 1941

RAF Hospital Ely

Left to Right:-
» P/O Wesgate MBE
» F/Lt. Goddard (D.F.C.)
» Capt. "Robbie" Robertson
» Sister Ramsey ("Blondie")

RAF Hospital Ely, 1941

March 1941

RAF Hospital Ely

Left to Right:-
» Capt. "Robbie" Robertson
» Matron (Miss Cave)
» Sister Stephens
» F/Lt. Goddard (D.F.C.)
» Wing/Cmd. Cato