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PHOTOGRAPHED ON HIS EIGHTY-SECOND BIRTHDAY: FIELD-MARSHAL EARL ROBERTS, WHO DIED AT FIELD-MARSHAL SIR JOHN FRENCH’S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FRONT, WHILE ON A VISIT 70 THE INDIAN CONTINGENT.
Field-Marshal Earl Roberts died, on Saturday, November ‘4, as he would have died. In the words of Field-Marshal Sir John French, at whose Headquarters he had been before he succumbed to pneumonia, following a chill : ” As he was called, it seems a fitter ending to the life of so great a soldier that he should have passed away in the midst of the troops he loved so well, and within the sound of the guns.” Lord Roberts had gone to France for a few days to greet the Indian troops, of whom he was Colonel-in-
Chief. His loss, it need not be said, is very deeply regretted not only by those near and dear to him, but by the whole Empire. Germany, too, has not forgotten to pay tribute. Most of the papers of the German Press have expressed esteem for the great soldier, and the “Lokal Anzeiger,” of Berlin, says : “Even in war, there are moments when the warrior salutes the enemy with his sword, instead of strikmne with it; and such a moment came with the death of Lord Roberts.”