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Abraham Roberts

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Awards  Order of the Bath
Battles/wars  First Afghan War

Name  Abraham Roberts
Died  December 28, 1873
Rank  General
Abraham Roberts
Born  11 April 1784 Waterford, Ireland (1784-04-11)
Commands held  1st Bengal European Regiment Lahore Division
Relations  Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts (son) Frederick Hugh Roberts (grandson)
Unit  101st Regiment of Foot (Royal Bengal Fusiliers)

Service/branch  East India Company
Battles and wars  First Anglo-Afghan War

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General Sir Abraham Roberts (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, both who 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. Sir Abraham Roberts lived at 25 Royal York Cres, Clifton Bristol and not 23 as previously stated. The House is privately owned and not opened to the public.

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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, a magistrate in County Waterford and a rector of Passage East.


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. 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. He also had a house in Bristol, which is now open to the public, 23 Royal York Crescent, Bristol, Somerset BS8 – England.

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


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

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

Children with Frances Isabella Ricketts

  • Frances Eliza Roberts
  • Maria Isabella Roberts
  • Major General George Ricketts Roberts.
  • Children with Isabella Bunbury

  • Harriet Mercer Roberts
  • Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts
  • References

    Abraham Roberts Wikipedia

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