Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts
Earl Roberts of Kandahar (Wikipedia)
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Field Marshal Roberts was born in Cawnpore, India and trained for the military from a young age. He fought in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 (Sepoy Mutiny) and served in Afghanistan and Abyssinia, rising in rank to General in 1891.
He was in overall command of the British forces in the Second Boer War (1899-02), during which time his son was killed in action. Roberts was instrumental in the relief of the siege of Kimberley and the capture of Bloemfontein and Pretoria. The war was considered to be over and Roberts returned to England in November 1900, Lord Kitchener taking over in command. A guerrilla war continued between the British and the Boers until cruelly put down by Kitchener’s forces by June 1902.
Lord Roberts visited Osborne on 2nd January 1901.
He had his arm in a sling after a fall from his horse and was received at the house where Victoria gave him the Order of the Garter.
14th January 1901, The Queen, near to death, summoned Roberts to visit again and asks him about South Africa. Victoria died just over a week later.
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