Lord Frederick Roberts was the most eminent commander of the British Army in the late 19th century. As a young officer he fought to put down the Indian Mutiny, and spent most of his long career in India. He was involved in campaigns in Burma, Afghanistan, and Abyssinia during the hey-day of Imperial Britain. He was finally called out of retirement to lead the British against the Boers in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century.
To Sidney Morse
My Dear Sidney,
I dedicate to you this little book, in which I have tried to tell something of the greatest British soldier of our time. I hope that some day you will be a soldier, as your father was before you.