Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross
The Most Noble Order of the Garter
The Most Illustrious Order of St Patrick
Knight Grand Cross of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
The Order of Merit
Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India
Knight Grand Commander of the Indian Empire
Knight of the Venerable Order of St. John
Volunteer Officers Decoration

Early Life :

The son of a General, Lord Roberts of Kandahar Pretoria and Waterford was born in Cawnpore, India.

Education & Career :

Eton College, Addiscombe Military Seminary, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Governor of Wellington College from 1899 to 1914. Joined the Indian Army. Nicknamed 'Bobs Bahadur' (Bobs the Lion) and later just 'Bobs'.

Military :

Unit :  General Staff 

Action : Natural Causes 

He served during the Mutiny, was awarded the Victoria Cross at Khudaganj, assisted in the siege and capture of Delhi, the relief of Lucknow, and the battle of his birthplace, Cawnpore. In the 2nd Afghan War he took Kabul, entering the city in 1879. It was from there that he led the famous march to Kandahar to relieve the city.

He retired in 1904 and continued to serve the Country: he founded the Pilgrim Society in 1902, was a member of the National Service League, he promoted rifle shooting through his presidency of the National Small-bore Rifle Association (whose targets have a facsimile of his signature to this day), and became vice-president of the Public Schools Alpine Sports Club in 1903. Many of these actions were founded on a belief that there was a need to instill a sense of military training and skill, teamwork, and personal fitness into the population ahead of what he regarded as the inevitable war in Europe
Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from the Spanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Khyber No. 582 E.C.London
Joined : Aldershot Army and Navy No. 1971 E.C. Hampshire & IOW
Joined : Old Wellingtonian No. 3404 E.C. London

24th December 1853
20th January 1854
3rd March 1854

He was initiated into Khyber Lodge No 582 on Christmas Eve 1853, a military lodge founded in Peshawar and was made an honorary member of the Old Wellingtoninan Lodge at its second meeting in 1910. He also joined the Aldershot Army & Navy Lodge No 1971, then ruled by the Duke of Connaught & Strathearn, and Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) No 1 (under the Scottish Constitution).
Past Grand Warden

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