Certificate of Commission - signed by King George

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Certificate of commission appointing James Alexander Robinson to the rank of Lieutenant, 16 October 1918.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Certificates
CH classification MILITARY Army
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L405 x W303 mm
Weight 71 g including backing and sleeve.
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Support: paper wove cream heavy weight with cotton gauze in centre. Medium: Black printing ink, Calligraphy in sepai ink,, signature black stamps (slighty bleed) red stamp top right (faded),blind stamp top left .
George R.I. \ Temporary \ George, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of \ Great Britain and Ireland, and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, King, Defender \ of the Faith, Emperor of India, etc \ To Our Trusty and well beloved James Alexander Robinson Greeting. \ We, reposing especial Trust and Confidence in your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct do by these \ Presents Constitute and Appoint you to be an Officer in Our Land Forces from \ the Fifteenth day of May 1915. You are therefore carefully and diligently to \ discharge your Duty as such in the rank of Lieutenant or in such higher Rank as \ We may from time to time hereafter be pleased to promote or appoint you to, of which a notification will be made in the London Gazette, and you are at all times to exercise and well discipline in \ Arms both the inferior Officers and Men serving under you and use your best endeavours \ to keep them in good Order and Discipline. And We do hereby Command them to Obey you \ as their superior Officer, and you to observe and follow such Orders and Directions as from time \ to time you shall receive from Us, or any your superior Officer, according to the Rules and \ Discipline of War, in pursuance of the Trust hereby reposed in you. \ Given at Our Court at Saint James, the sixteenth \ day of October 1918 in the Ninth Year of Our Reign. \ By His Majesty's Command. \ <illegible signature> \ <illegible signature> \ James Alexander Robinson \ Lieutenant \ Land Forces
J.A. Robinson \ Lieutenant \ Land Force \ Temporary \ 26th Australian \ Infantry Battalion \ (Queensland and Tasmania) \ 66/3180
History and use
James Alexander Robinson’s service during World War 1 began in May 1915 when he joined the 26th Battalion, the largely Queensland derived infantry unit, and served in Gallipoli and on the Western Front. While on the Western Front he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and mentioned in dispatches several times. In June 1918 he supervised the salvage of German AV7 tank “Mephisto” and subsequently devoted some time to ensuring this war trophy was permanently housed in Queensland. He credited the decision to the Qld Governor Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams, to whom he was Aide de Camp in 1919.

Robinson was appointed Member of the British Empire in June 1966 for services to education in Queensland. Robinson was born in 1888 at Nudgee, Brisbane. He had a long career as an educator, beginning in 1901 when he became a pupil teacher. He was a founding student of the University of Qld (BA, 1915). After serving in WW1 he became principal of Rockhampton State High School and Technical College. In 1935 he became principal of the Qld Teachers Training College, and was instrumental in its move to Kelvin Grove. After overseeing important changes to teacher training methods, he retired in 1954 but continued in an advisory role until 1956. He also served on numerous boards and advisory bodies.
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