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THE DEATH OF LORD ROBERTS, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914
THE DEATH OF LORD ROBERTS
HIS LAST SAYINGS. CENSURES THE*CENSORSHIP. DETRIMENTAL TO~ THE COUNTRY. TRIBUTES TcTtHE ALLIES. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, November 15. Lord Roberts's last words arc contained In an interview with Count Do Nue for th* 'Echo de Pari.?' en Tuesday, prior to his depaituro for France. Lord Roberts dc-lared that the primary reaeon for his vieit was to sec hi 3 dear Indian troops. He intended to speak to General French regarding the unnecessary secrecy observed over tho brave deeds of British soldiers. War correspondents ought to be allowed to receive a fair amount of information apart from military movements, which must be kept absolutely secret. He urged that corres-j-.ondentc*should be [remitted to write up details of glorious actions fought by our troops. France with its conscription, could afford to remain silent, but Biitain wanted many more men. and if tlicv failed to inform the Home ;eop)e of the soldiers" brave fights and gallant deeds, how were they going to waken in the souk of young men the high sentiment of emulation which led them to the recruiting offices? They did not know that every minute they were losing by this priceless delay. Perhaps thev were jecpnrdisinu a future battle. Lord Roberts paid a high tribute to General French and his army, and the French generals, paiticularly to General Joffre. As a gunner himself, he commented on th.Tnieiit.-i vt tho French 75-millimetre gun. France would shortly feel the effects of the great support Great Biitain was prepared to give. He added : *• People do iot realise that our men have, been fighting continuously against tremendous odds. They want more men to equalise matters. * The information given regarding the London Scottish Pediment might be repeated about other regiments." "He concluded: " I'll talk to French about it " "I JtUST SEE MY SOLDIERS."' HIS WELCOME ON THE FIELD. "I AM SO GLAD I CAME." LONDON, November 16. "I must 50 and fee my Indian soldiers. It is the most useful thing I can do at the moment," said Lord Rebuts to an intimate friend prior t-> leaving lor France. With this last service done, he passed away. Lord Roberts was recrived bv the Maharajah of Bikanir and Sir I'ertab Singh on Thursday ;\t the Indian headquarters. On Friday he visit.'d the British troops, and on returning t«> headquarters in the evening he felt a ifiiii. llis son-in-law and daughter were with him throughout. In deference to the fanii'v de.-ire.«. the remains will bo buried rrvatrly at All Saints', Ascot, adjacent to his late home. Tho King sent an autograph let lei- of condolence to the widow. Lord Robert- vi.-ited the wounded Indians at Boulogne, and conversed with eome of them in Hinuustuii. He received a, great ovation from the Indians at the front, and fre-ruently said : ,: I am so glad I came." EAGER TO SERVE. TEARS FROM"" OLD TIMERS."' LONDON. November 16 Armv eun-eons and *|>ec.i; : li< 1.:-, ha-tened frem all [.arts of tlu fro.:i- to at*end Lord Roberts, but their fuul was unavailing. When the news of bis tlcath reached the trencher ninny "old tlm/rs" broke down, sobbing bitt-rlr. It is reported from Calcutta that, his death caused a deep -loom everywhere m India, and particularly in military centres. NO REPROACH FROM HIS LIPS. LONDON, November 16. The Bishop of Salisbury, when sneaking on the dsath of Lord Roberts, said: "He was like a vohe crving in the wddcrnees, •warnim; the country «.i the nerd *he was too blind to see. vet when.the storm broke Lord Roberta uttered no reproaching words." MANY" TRIBUTES. LONDON, November 16. (Received November 17, at 8.15 a.m.) There have been many French, Italian, and Danidi tributes to Lord Roberts. MR MASSEY'S TRIBUTE.
WELLINGTON, November 16. In answer to a mtfsa-e from the. editor of the 'Dailv Exr.res-V London, announcing the death of Lord Roberts, the Prime Minister tent the following cablegram: Tho death of Lord Rob rts hr.s re- . moved a most piettac-quc and Wowd personality from tho Le[;lidi Army. Hi* brilliant record of conspicuous service* to the Empire and his intense desire to ensure the prepaieciue-s ot the nation in time of darker -avehim a preeminent place in tlio auctions of not onlv the Mother Country but ot the | Dominions oversea. New Zeulaiift, m • common with other dependencies. U>-cun mourns the loss of the illustrious Colonel-in-Chief of »ho Exp:-l:tioiiiirv lorces. *Fb!c» arc half-masted on the pubic! bniWinas and schools throughout Uie ; Dominion. —(Signed) Mas.si,y, 1 rime Minifiter. HIS I'EACKFUL END AND HIS SIMPLE UVV.. OTHERS. LONDON. November 16. (Received November 17. at 8.-15 a.m.) . It was not till after dinner that Lord I Roberts complained of a slight chid, lie- j iug subject to cho.-t troubles, he retired i early His temperature increased, and the j three doctors who were summoned decided ; that Iris condition was critical. Lord j Roberta complained nt pain, which tha I doctors relieved. Ho then tell asleep with- i out showing any uneasiness, and passed j ftwav as ha slept. ~,„.,.. » » I The funeral will bo at All Saints, Ascot, | where he had been resident for 11 years. | His correspondence up to the end was . enormous. He always wrote his own let- j ters, and conducted morning prayers every j day for the household. Ifo was a, very regular churchgoer, and always walked ! lather than givo hh chauffeur work, j "Everybody at Ascot worshipped him. Lady Roberts has declined tho offer ot the burial of her late husband in Westminster Abbey. TRIBUTES FROM Ut'RMANV. AMSTERDAM, November 16. (Received November 17, at 8.45 a.m.) Practically tho whole of the German Press pay tribute to Lord Hubert <. | ROBERTS AND NOGI. I When Japan aroso ami tho ideate of | the Bushido wero tho talk of Ens;! land, it often became the subject of j djsonsaion whether such devotion and | Ideals existed nmone; IJriti.shers. Tho i resemblance between Roberts and i Nogi, tho Japaneso commander, was i striking. In tho strictness and simplicity of their lives and in their I genius lor war they had much in j common, and while lost his two Bona at Port Arthur, Roberta lost his only son trying to recover the lost guns at Colenso. It is here that the difference b<ltween the pagan and the Christian type, of hero was most marked. Nogi, a piece of human rock, mourned alone, retired within the ma9k. Roberts's griof could not bo hidden nor did ho shrink from tho sympathy of his friends. He had a ' neea for the kindly warmth of human sympathy, but he went on all the more unsparingly with his work. After his Indian wars he had returned famous ■ and with what to many soldiers would Jiava woeuierl a life-work wall done,; but ]
all through tho years that followed he kept spare and lit at tho edge of his Ehyßical and mental keenness in the olief that some day a " call" would come to him at a crisis in tho destiny of tho nation. His friends know how bitter was his disappointment that ho was not send to South Africa at the beginning of the first Boor War. After the news of Colonso enroe ho is reported to have said: "I must go out now." THE "BOBS" LEGEND. It lias been said that Lord Roberts was not really known to tho mass of his countrymen till Kipling's ' Bobs' was written. Tho verses appeared in one of the London magazines; and either on account of a hint from the Earl himself or from tho author's second thoughts there apparently came r decision that the mediocre verses might well be allowed to die. A FIT IMPRESSION. An extract from tho diary of '• Bob's" superior officer (the Into Duke of Cambridge) will not bo malapropos. On October 19. 18S9, the then Commander-in-Chief of tho British Army, wrote: — Saw Sir Frederick Roberts, just returned from India. A man of great intelligence and charming manners. And a few weeks .later: Dined at the United Service Club: a dinner for Sir F. Roberts. Roberts made an excellent speech, very modest and unassuming. IN HIS HOME.
Lord Roberts brought into his private life all that genius for careful preparation which is said to bo " the long suit " of all great soldiers. Tho organisation of his homo at Ascot was as complete as military forethought and precision could make it. In every room, e.g., thero hung n printed card of instructions for tho inmates in case of fire, and every guest had his or her appointed post. And in every ease it was clearly stated whero the host would be in time of danger. In the drawing room stands a glass case containing souvenirs of his military career; and in that wonderful collection thero was an article that "Bobs" always showed with pride and interest to callers. It was a, menu-card proserved between glass plates. On the back of the card, which is dated from Blomfontein, aro the signatures of all tho newspaper correspondents who accompanied Lord Roberts's army on their victorious march from * tho Moddcr to .Blomfontein.
It is not generally known that " Bobs" had one relative iu this Dominion—tho versatile and clever wife of the Hon. Captain Baillie. IM.L.C, who despite her great ago would have been in England to-day 111 all probability as the of her famous relative, as both tho captain and she had fully made up their minds to again visit the Old Loud, but tho outbreak of hostilities prevented the materialisation of their plans.
THE DEATH OF LORD ROBERTS, Issue 15652, 17 November 1914
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