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Field Marshal Sir FREDERICK SLEIGH ROBERTS

Regiment & Unit/Ship

General Staff

Date of Death

Died 14 November 1914

Age 82 years old

Buried or commemorated at

ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL

United Kingdom

  • Secondary Unit, Regiment and Col.-Commandant, Royal Artillery, Col. Irish Guards.
  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Knight of the Garter, Knight of St. Patrick, Knight Grand Cross of the Bath, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India, Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire, Volunteer Officers' Decoration, Mentioned in Despatches
  • Additional Info 1st Earl of Kandahar, Pretoria and Waterford. Born at Cawnpore, India. Privy Counsellor. Son of the late Gen. Sir Abraham Roberts, G.C.B., and the late Lady Roberts; husband of the late Countess Roberts, C.I., R.R.C., of Englemere, Ascot, Berks. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst and Addiscombe. Commissioned to the Bengal Artillery (Dec., 1851); served throughout the Indian Mutiny 1857 (V.C.); and the Abyssinian (1867-68) and Lushai (1871-72) Expeditions. Also served in the Afghanistan Campaign (1878-80) and Commanded the Kabul-Kandahar Field Force Aug.-Sept., 1880. Commanded the Forces in Ireland (1895-99); Commander-in-Chief in the South African War (1899-1900). Commander-in-Chief in India (1885-93) and at Home (1901-04). Master Gunner of St. James' Park and Colonel-in-Chief of Overseas and Indian Forces in the United Kingdom during the Great War.
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 24th Dec., 1858, records the following:- "On the 2nd January 1858 at Khodagunge, India, on following up the retreating enemy, Lieutenant Roberts saw in the distance two sepoys going away with a standard. he immediately gave chase, overtaking them just as they were about to enter a village. Although one of them fired at him the lieutenant was not hit and he took possession of the standard, cutting down the man who was carrying it. He had also on the same day saved the life of a sowar who was being attacked by a sepoy."

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