- Name: Frederick Sleigh ROBERTS
- D.O.B: 30th Sep, 1822
- D.O.A: 2nd Jan, 1858
- D.O.D: 14th Nov, 1914
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, Bengal Artillery, attached Hope Grant’s Cavalry Division, Honourable East India Company Forces
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
Khodagunge, India 2 January 1858
2 January 1858
The Indian Mutiny 1857-59
After the Battle of Cawnpore, Sir Colin Campbell embarked on a campaign to clear mutineers from the Gangetic Doab, the area between the two Rivers Jumna and Ganges and so restore communications with Delhi and the Punjab to the north-west. To this end, it was important to secure Fatehgarh, which commanded an important bridge over the Ganges, linking the Doab with Oudh and Rohilkhand. Accordingly, Campbell marched north. On 2 January he crossed the Kala Nuddee and defeated a rebel force beyond it and another at the village of Khodagunge. The next day Campbell entered Fatehgarh.
Lieutenant Roberts’ gallantry has on every occasion been most marked. On following up the retreating enemy on the 2nd 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.