Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, English soldier, c 1910.
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Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts (1832-1914) was born in India and educated at Eton and Sandhurst before entering the Bengal Artillery in 1851. During the Indian Mutiny (1857-1858) he was at the siege of Delhi and won the Victoria Cros at Khudagani in 1858. Created Lord Roberts of Kandahar, Pretoria and Waterford in 1892, he was made a field marshal and commander-in-chief in Ireland in 1895. He is also renowned for his part in the second Boer War, when in 1899 he was sent to South Africa to asume the chief command.