Earlier this year we looked at an example of a Boer War celluloid pin badge depicting Lord Roberts. This was just one example of many dozens of designs available depicting the war leader and today we have another version to look at:
This simpler design merely takes a photograph of the general in his full dress uniform with medals and reproduces it on the badge. The most prestigious medal awarded to Lord Roberts was the Victoria Cross which he won in 1858 during the Indian Mutiny. The citation for his medal reads:
Lieutenant Roberts’ gallantry has on every occasion been most marked.
On following the retreating enemy on 2 January 1858, at Khodagunge, he saw in the distance two Sepoys going away with a standard. Lieutenant Roberts put spurs to his horse, and overtook them just as they were about to enter a village. They immediately turned round, and presented their muskets at him, and one of the men pulled the trigger, but fortunately the caps snapped, and the standard-bearer was cut down by this gallant young officer, and the standard taken possession of by him. He also, on the same day, cut down another Sepoy who was standing at bay, with musket and bayonet, keeping off a Sowar. Lieutenant Roberts rode to the assistance of the horseman, and, rushing at the Sepoy, with one blow of his sword cut him across the face, killing him on the spot
By the Boer War Roberts was a national hero and so it was only natural that he would appear on commemorative badges, this example sitting nicely with my previous example: