Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge

Brian Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson Of Oakridge

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General Brian Hubert Robertson, 1st Baron Robertson of Oakridge, GCB, GBE, KCMG, KCVO, DSO, MC (22 July 1896–29 April 1974), known as Sir Brian Robertson, 2nd Baronet, from 1933 to 1961, was a British Army General.

Between 1953 and 1961 he was Chairman of the British Transport Commission.

Military career

Robertson was the eldest son of Field Marshal Sir William Robertson, 1st Baronet, and his wife Mildred Adelaide (née Palin), and was educated at Charterhouse and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He served with the Royal Engineers in France and Italy during World War I and was mentioned in despatches. After the war he served with the Bengal Sappers and Miners from 1920 to 1925 and took part in the Waziristan expedition of 1923 to 1924. After further training, Robertson joined the War Office in Military Intelligence. He retired from the military as a Major in 1934 and became the Managing Director of Dunlop South Africa Ltd in 1935. With the outbreak of World War II he re-entered military service in 1940 and served in East and North Africa, and Italy until the end of the war, notably as Harold Alexander's Chief Administration Officer in Italy from 1944 to 1945. He was restored to the Active List in 1945 as a Major General and quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a Lieutenant General later that year and a General in 1946.

From 1945 Robertson was the Deputy Military Governor and from 1947...
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