Abraham Roberts

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Sir Abraham Roberts
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Sir Abraham Roberts
Born(1784-04-11)11 April 1784
Waterford, Ireland
Died28 December 1873(1873-12-28) (aged 89)
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service/branch British East India Company
Rank General
Unit 1st Bengal European Regiment
Commands held 1st Bengal European Regiment
Lahore Division
Battles/wars First Afghan War
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Relations Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (son)
Frederick Roberts (grandson)

General Sir Abraham Roberts GCB (11 April 1784 – 28 December 1873) was a British East India Company Army general who served nearly 50 years in India.

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Roberts had two sons, who both obtained the highest ranks in the British Army. One son and a grandson would win the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for bravery in the face of the enemy in the British Army.

Early life

Abraham Roberts was a member of a famous Waterford city family. He was the son of Anne Sandys and The Reverend John Roberts, [1] a magistrate in County Waterford and a rector of Passage East.[ citation needed ]

Career

General Sir Abraham Roberts gained the rank of colonel in the service of the Honourable East India Company and was the commander of the 1st Bengal European Regiment and the Lahore Division. [2] He fought in the First Afghan War.

Roberts was invested as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB). He left India in 1853 to live in Ireland with his second wife, who outlived him. [3] He also had a house in Bristol, 25 Royal York Crescent, Bristol, Somerset BS8 – England. [4]

From 1862 to his death he was Colonel of the 101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers). [5]

Family

He married Frances Isabella Ricketts, daughter of George Poyntz Ricketts, on 20 July 1820. [6]

On the death of his first wife he married Isabella Bunbury, daughter of Abraham Bunbury, on 2 August 1830. [7]

Children with Frances Isabella Ricketts

Children with Isabella Bunbury

Footnotes

  1. Lundy, Darryl. "The peerage".[ unreliable source ]
  2. "ny times". The New York Times. 16 January 1897. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  3. "links.org".[ permanent dead link ]
  4. "Will on Genealogy.com".
  5. "101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers)". regiments.org. Archived from the original on 30 March 2006. Retrieved 17 August 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage".[ unreliable source ]
  7. 1 2 3 Lundy, Darryl. "the peerage".[ unreliable source ]


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