Frederick Sleigh Roberts, Field Marshal Lord Roberts of Kandahar, V.C., K.G., K.P., G.C.B., O.M., G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E. (1832-1914). Commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan from 1881-82; Commander-in-Chief in India from 1885-1893; Commander-in-Chief in the South African War from 1899-1902 and finally, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army from 1901-1904. Lord Roberts was one of the highest ranking and most respected officers in the British Army and is probably best remembered for his services in the Afghan Campaigns of 1878-80, for which he received thanks from both Houses of Parliament and the Indian Government, and was created K.C.B., G.C.B. and a baronet. In 1892 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, was promoted to Field Marshal in 1895 and was created Earl and Viscount in 1901. He became known as General, being the personification of what Kipling thought of as best of the army in India. Kipling wrote two poems dedicated to him, "Bobs" and."Lord Roberts. Lord Roberts died in France in 1914, whilst visiting soldiers on the Western Front.
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