Capt. Douglas Arthur "Robbie" Robinson MC MBE

(S/N 179937)

Capt. Douglas Arthur ‘Robbie’ Robinson MC MBE was born in Preston (Lancashire), formerly a gunner in the Royal Artillery, served with No.6 Commando as a sub-altern from, at least, 4th February 1942.  He was serving as an Acting Troop Captain of No.6 Commando from at least 10th December 1942. He was awarded the Military Cross after the Battle of Steamroller Farm on 26th February 1943.

The citation completed by Lt-Col. Derek Mills-Roberts reads:

‘In an action between No.VI Commando and a Battalion of Herman Goering Jaeger Regiment Capt. Robinson commanded two Troops of the Command with great skill.  During the a critical stage in the action he counter-attacked a vital ridge no less than three times, each time leading the attack.  Capt. Robinson was wounded in the left knee cap, yet he continued to fight on for over 4 hours until his ammunition was practically exhausted. He lead his men back next day after a long march through enemy occupied territory and across a difficult road.  His gallantry and endurance were of exceptionally high order.’

He was promoted to Troop Commander in charge of No.1 Troop by Lt-Col.Mills-Roberts on 21st June 1943 and awarded the Military Cross on 26th September 1943. He remained in command of this Troop (the ‘bicycle’ Troop) on D-Day, 6th June 1944.

Capt. Robinson was wounded in action (WIA) on 10th June 1944 with gunshot wounds to his hands.

He was awarded the MBE in 1970.