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 Frederick Sleigh Roberts

Frederick Sleigh Roberts

Birth
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Death 14 Nov 1914 (aged 82)
Saint-Omer, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
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Memorial ID 11810 · View Source
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Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Cawnpore, India, he was the 1st Earl, Viscount St. Pierre and was the highest-ranking British soldier to have been awarded the Victoria Cross. Serving as a Lieutenant on the staff of the Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General, during the relief at Lucknow, India, he showed gallantry on every occasion. On January 2, 1858, following the retreating enemy at Khodagunge, Lieutenant Roberts saw in the distance two Sepoys going away with a standard. He rode his horse over to them and overtook them just as they were about to enter a village. They immediately turned round and presented their muskets at him and one of the men pulled the trigger, but fortunately the caps snapped and the standard-bearer was cut down by Lieutenant Roberts and he took possession of the standard. Also, on the same day, he cut down another Sepoy who was standing at bay, with musket and bayonet, keeping off a Sowar. Lieutenant Roberts rode to the assistance of the horseman, rushing at the Sepoy and with one blow of his sword killed him on the spot. For these actions, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He later obtained the rank of Field Marshal Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in South Africa and was one of the most successful British commanders of the 19th Century. He died from pneumonia at age 82 in St. Omer, France.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 11810
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Sleigh Roberts (30 Sep 1832–14 Nov 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11810, citing Saint Paul's Cathedral, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .