Certificate, Distinguished Service Order

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Certificate awarding Major James Alexander Robinson a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) date 25 May 1917.

Heavy paper certificate, folded double with text on one face only. Royal seal embossed into paper. Text preprinted in italic cursive with personal details inserted by hand. Reverse side of paper has brief handwritten note of recipients name, unit and award history.
CH classification DOCUMENTS Certificates
CH classification NUMISMATICS (MEDALS AND OTHER) Military Medals
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L330 x W208 (folded once lengthwise.)
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Paper and ink with embossed royal seal. Support: paper wove cream. Water mark QvR with crown design. Medium: Black printing ink, calligraphy in sepia ink, Kings signature sepia stamp, Lower signature black ink stamp,blind stamp top left .
George R.I. \ George the Fifth, 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, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service \ Order, to our Trusty and Well Beloved \ James Alexander Robinson, Esquire \ Major in the Forces of Our \ Commonwealth of Australia \ Greeting \ Whereas We have thought fit to \ Nominate and Appoint you to be a Member \ of Our Distinguished Service Order We \ do by these Presents Grant unto you the \ Dignity of a Companion of Our said Order \ And We do hereby authorise you to Have, \ Hold and Enjoy the said Dignity as a \ Member of Our said Order, together with \ all and singular the Priviliges thereunto \ belonging or appertaining. \ Given at Our Court at St. James's \ under Our Sign Manual this Twenty Fifth \ day of May 1917 in the eighth Year of Our Reign \ By The Sovereign's Command \ <illegible> \ The Principal Secretary of State \ having the Department of War \ for the time being. \ Major J.A. Robinson \ 26th Battalion \ Australian Infantry.
D.S.O. 1917 \ 3 Mentions in \ Despatches \ 1916-17-19
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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