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Lieutenant The Honourable Frederick Hugh Sherston Roberts (1872–1899), VC, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, c.1899

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Frederick Roberts was the only son of Field Marshal Earl Roberts (1832–1914), VC. Commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1891, the younger Frederick Roberts was aide-de-camp to General Sir Redvers Buller, the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa, at the start of the Boer War (1899–1902).

Roberts was the first person to be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross after he was mortally wounded in action at Colenso on 15 December 1899. He had previously served on the North West Frontier, being mentioned in despatches during the Waziristan Expedition of 1894–1895. This portrait was painted posthumously.

National Army Museum





oil on canvas


H 128 x W 95 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1960-05-320

Acquisition method

gift from the King’s Royal Rifle Corps

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