Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts

Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts

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Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, Bt, VC, KG, KP, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, KStJ, PC (30 September 1832 – 14 November 1914), was a distinguished Indian born British soldier who regarded himself as Anglo-Irish and one of the most successful commanders of the Victorian era.

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Born at Cawnpore, India, on 30 September 1832, Lord Roberts was the second son of General Sir Abraham Roberts, a native of County Waterford in the south-east of Ireland At the time Sir Abraham was commanding the 1st Bengal European Regiment. Roberts was named Sleigh in honour of the garrison commander, Major-General William Sleigh. His mother was Edinburgh-born Isabella Bunbury, daughter of Major Abraham Bunbury from Kilfeacle in County Tipperary.Roberts was educated at Eton, Sandhurst and Addiscombe Military Academy before entering the British East India Company Army...
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