Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



Lt Col Tim Robertson

By Lt Col Sam Hesketh


Unfortunately, I would have to say that I'm not in a position to write a full obit for Tim. I know several facts about him but hardly saw him after I left the Squadron in 1978 until his untimely death due to a fall from a ladder at his home in April. The facts I ‘m able to recall are:

Tim was born in May 1945. He went to Wellington school in Berkshire and later on to Sandhurst RMA. At Wellington, he was one of a number of boys who joined the Para Regt TA in London and qualified as a parachutist. He had his wings as a cadet at Sandhurst, which was very rare. Completing his Sandhurst training, he joined the Corps, his father had been a full Colonel in the Sappers. Tim had an elder brother called Mike who was in the RGJ.

Tim first joined the Squadron sometime in the late 1960s, after he had attended RMCS, as the troop commander of 2 Troop.

He married Liz at roughly the same time and they had two children but their names and dates of birth are not known. I remember Liz was pregnant when I left in September 1971.

Tim returned as OC in January 1978 which was 18 months into my tour as 2IC. My next contact with Tim was when he was the Regimental 2IC at Nienburg. He was picked up for Lt-Colonel in 1984/85 and was promoted in 1985/86.

PB7 mishandled his career and he wasn't promoted again. I can't remember the details but it caused a bit of a stir at the time. I left the Army in 1990 and then saw him a couples of times at AEA gatherings/functions. That is my total knowledge of Tim, I'm afraid.

He was a nice bloke and I really liked him. He was my boss twice and was very good at it.



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