|Arms of the Skinners' Company|
|Roberts leading his column from Kabul to Kandahar in 1880. The artist has imagined a very neat and tidy Afghanistan with no dust - Roberts' horse looks as though it is on Rotten Row - and not a fly in sight.|
Hugh also went on to mention that, along with a plethora of other honours, Bobs was a member of the Fishmongers and Merchant Taylors, thereby creating the London link. The reference to Alexander the Great was a link to Roberts' march from Kabul to Kandahar in Afghanistan in 1880 where he followed, in part, the great Macedonian's route of 2,210 years earlier. Kandahar is also a corruption of the Alexander's name.
Finally to sustain perfect symmetry the day of the lunch was the exact centenary of the first competition for the Roberts of Kandahar Cup. This has become the blue riband of Swiss downhill race and first took place in Crans-Montana in 1911,
Even today Alexander's march from Kabul to Kandahar starting in September 330BC and lasting through the winter seems almost unbelievable. Particularly as he is reported to have led 32,000 men through this most inhospitable country with relatively few casualties.