ROBERTS Lord Roberts of Kandahar - Typed Letter Signed 1914
Frederick Sleigh ROBERTS, Lord Roberts of Kandahar (1832-1914)
Typed Letter Signed (“Roberts F.M.”) to R.B. Winch in Edenbridge, thanking him for his “kind response to my appeal for field glasses”.
1 page 4to, Ascot, 13 October 1914.
“I write a line to thank you warmly for your kind response to my appeal for field glasses. Your glasses will be of the greatest possible service to our Non-Commissioned Officers in the field. I am asked by the Commanding Officers of Units which are shortly expected to go to the front to convey their gratitude to the owners of the glasses which will be distributed amongst their men.”
At the outbreak of the war, Lord Roberts was appointed commander in chief of the overseas forces serving in France. The contribution he might have made to averting the blunders of the military hierarchy during that conflict will remain one of history’s might-have-beens; he died of pneumonia in November 1914.
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