|The Story of Robert McBeath VC...|
Robert Gordon McBeath was born in Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, in 1898 but at a young age was adopted by Robert MacKenzie and his sister Barbara MacIntosh and grew up in Kinlochbervie.
Aged just sixteen, and with World War I raging, Robert lied about his age and was accepted into the Seaforth Highlanders.
Two years later he was fighting in France at the Somme and it was during the Battle of Cambrai that his actions earned him that most coveted of decorations, the Victoria Cross.
Pinned down by German machine guns the Seaforths were taking heavy casualties. L/Cpl McBeath volunteered to attack the guns alone, armed with Lewis gun and revolver.
Storming one machine gun nest after the other McBeath succeeded in driving the Germans back into the shelter of a bunker where he captured thirty soldiers and three officers. For this incredible action he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Returning to Kinlochbervie after the war he married Barbara MacKay on 19 February 1918 but the crofting life wasn't for him and they emigrated to Canada, settling in Vancouver where he joined the Police Department.