Robert Shankland, V.C.
London Gazette, No. 30433, 14th December 1917
Lieutenant Robert Shankland, Canadian Infantry
For most conspicuous bravery and resource in action under critical and adverse conditions.
Having gained a position he rallied the remnant of his own platoon and men of other companies, disposed them to command the ground in front, and inflicted heavy casualties upon the retreating enemy. Later, he dispersed a counter-attack, thus enabling supporting troops to come up unmolested.
He then personally communicated to Battalion Headquarters an accurate and valuable report as to the position on the Brigade frontage, and after doing so rejoined his command and carried on until relieved.
His courage and splendid example inspired all ranks and coupled with his great gallantry and skill undoubtedly saved a very critical situation.
(The Victoria Cross, instituted in 1856 by Queen Victoria, is Britain's highest award for military courage in the face of the enemy.)