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Young, Mark   (1886-1974)
Young, Mark British Governor of Hong Kong when the territory was invaded by the Japanese in World War II; taken into captivity in 1941, spending the rest of the war in Japanese prison camps.
A listing of two fine letters, handwritten and signed in blue fountain pen ink on  6.5" x 5.25" sheets of headed notepaper (January 22nd 1967 & January 20th 1968). Both are to senior functionaries in the Salvation Army, of which Young is clearly a financial supporter and relate to their Winter Relief Fund.
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ref:10621  £20.00
Beamont, Roland   (1920-2001)
Beamont, Roland British fighter pilot and test pilot for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and the years that followed, later becoming chief test pilot for the English Electric Company, where he test flew the Canberra, Lightning, and TSR2.
A very fine First Day Cover (27th May 1977), commemorating 25 Years of Jet Bomber Training. The covers were flown in a Canberra T4 bomber on the 12th May 1977 by Flight Lieutenant A.D.Gloag , with Flight Lieutenant A.T.Miller acting as navigator.
The cover has been neatly signed in blue ink by Roland Beamont, with A.D. Gloag and A.T.Miller also signing in ink.

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ref:10558  £15.00
Napier of Magdala, Robert   (1810-1890)
Napier of Magdala, Robert Indian Army Officer who achieved his greatest fame when he led the expedition of 1868 against Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia, defeating 9,000 troops at the Battle of Magdala for the loss of only 2 British lives.
A very fine 2-page letter, handwritten in ink (June 18 1888) to a Mr Thomas, thanking him for the "use" of a man called Cecil.

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ref:10500  £30.00
Beresford VC, Lord William   (1847-1900)
Beresford VC, Lord William Irish-born soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Zulu War of 1879.
A bold signature in black ink, on a 5" x 4" piece cut from a letter. The letter was to a member of the Royal Navy, in command of HMS Lapwing, a Redbreast class gunboat at Calcutta, so was clearly from Beresford's later career on the staff of the Viceroy of India. The letter was sent post-1889, the year of HMS Lapwing's commissioning. VERY RARE.

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ref:10411  £125.00
Allenby, Edmund   (1961-1936)
Allenby, Edmund English Field Marshal, nicknamed the “Bloody Bull” and one of the most successful commanders of World War I.
A fine complete envelope (postmarked Warminster, 29th August, 1920), with the address handwritten by Allenby and his initial "A" in the lower left corner.

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ref:10379  £20.00
RAF HEROES OF WORLD WAR II & LATER, A fine collection of 11 ink signatures on printed aircraft display pieces, 3” x 2.75” or larger, of decorated airmen who include Johnnie Johnson, "Cat's Eyes" Cunningham and Harry Burton (one of the first officers of any of the British services to escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during the war.)
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ref:9405  £60.00
Harris, Arthur "Bomber"   (1892-1984)
Harris, Arthur Marshal of the Royal Air Force, forever known as "Bomber Harris".
A very fine signature in blue ink on a 3" x 2.75" display piece featuring the Vickers Virginia bomber. (Arthur Harris in the 1920s was Commander of No.58 Squadron, equipped with this aircraft, at RAF Worthy Down in Hampshire),

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ref:9282  £50.00
Scott Jr, Robert L.   (1908-2006)
Scott Jr, Robert L. American Air Force Flying Tiger air ace; his best-selling autobiography, God is My Co-Pilot (1943) was made into a film in 1945.
A very fine 5.5" x 3.5" card with a printed drawing of a Flying Tiger, nicely signed in black ink by Scott.

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ref:9190  £10.00
Mahaddie, Hamish   (1911-1997)
Mahaddie, Hamish Distinguished RAF officer, bomber pilot and chief recruiting officer for the elite Pathfinder Squadron.
A fine one-page letter on headed notepaper (3rd December 1991) to John Carter of the Victory Services Club in London, thanking him for a kind letter and "your embarrassing remarks about my presentation" at the club. Mahaddie had apparently had to cut it short "in deference to the Chef and his staff" and promised to do better next time. There's a bold signature ("Yours Aye, Hamish") at the conclusion.

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ref:8939  £15.00
Quill, Jeffrey   (1913-1996)
Quill, Jeffrey British airman, remembered as the Chief Test Pilot of the Spitfire.
Two very fine letters, handwritten in blue fountain pen ink on letterheaded paper (Ty Cerrig, Corwen, Clywyd, North Wales), one dated December 19th 1984, the other January 4th 1985.
Sent to John Carter of the Victory Services Club in London, both relate to an invitation to a lunch for the "48th Pilots course", which he is looking forward to "very much indeed". Quill had been invited to give a short talk after the meal and  he is very happy to "have a go....I have never forgotten the five months I spent flying with the Navy, disguised as an RNVR officer - and although it was such a short spell I have been been inordinately proud of it".

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ref:8938  £30.00
De Burgh, John Thomas   (1744-1808)
De Burgh, John Thomas

Irish nobleman and soldier, 13th and 1st Earl of Clanricarde

An extraordinary and important 4-page handwritten and signed letter in ink from a critical time in the war against Napoleon in the Mediterranean.

Written from his headquarters in Elba in February 1797 to Sir William Hamilton, British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples, it explains the circumstances of his decision NOT to evacuate the island.

Most interestingly, in addition to mentioning some of the greatest names of the Napoleonic Wars, including General Charles O’Hara (who had the unique distinction of having been captured by both George Washington and Napoleon himself) and Admiral Sir John Jervis, it refers three times to Nelson’s mistress, Emma Hamilton, wife of Sir William.

A fascinating and genuine piece of history as it was happening, of museum-grade quality and interest.

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ref:8911  £295.00
Hill-Norton, Peter   (1915-2004)
Hill-Norton, Peter British Admiral of the Fleet who took a keen interest in UFOs in later years, asking the Government many uncomfortable questions as a member of the House of Lords.
A very fine signature (Hill-Norton A.F) in blue ink on a 3.5" x 2.25" white card.

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ref:8727  £10.00
Alison, Archibald   (1826-1907)
Alison, Archibald Scottish General who lost an arm at the Relief of Lucknow in the Indian Mutiny.
A fine ink signature (A.Alison), cut from a letter on a piece measuring 3.75" x 2".

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ref:8636  £10.00
Beresford, Lord Charles   (1846-1919)
Beresford, Lord Charles British admiral with an extraordinary career and private life, described as "Admiral Insubordinate" by a biographer.
A fine ink signature, cut from a letter on a piece measuring 3.25" x 1.75".

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ref:8629  £10.00
Butler, William Frederick   (1838-1910)
Butler, William Frederick Irish-born British soldier, writer and adventurer, who served with Wolseley in the Zulu War, the campaign of Tel-el-Kebir and the Sudan.
A fine ink signature, cut from a letter on a piece measuring 4" x 2.75"

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ref:8630  £15.00
Cardwell, Edward   (1813-1886)
Cardwell, Edward British politician, best remembered as Gladstone's Secretary for War between 1868 and 1874 and the introduction of the Cardwell Reforms for the army.
A neat ink signature on a 2.75" x 1.75" slip of paper.

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ref:8634  £8.00
Edward of Saxe-Weimar, Prince   (1823-1902)
Edward of Saxe-Weimar, Prince British Field Marshal with Royal connections, who saw action in the Crimean War.
A fine signature cut from a letter, on a piece measuring 3.25" x 1".

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ref:8633  £10.00
Mansfield, William Rose   (1819-1876)
Mansfield, William Rose British General who served in the Indian Mutiny and later became Commander-in- Chief in India between 1865 and 1870.
A fine ink signature cut from the bottom of a letter on a piece measuring 3.75" x 1.5".

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ref:8631  £10.00
Nicholson, William   (1845-1918)
Nicholson, William British Field Marshal, who fought in the Second Afghan War, the Anglo-Egyptian War and the Second Boer War.
A very fine ink signature cut from a letter on a piece measuring 2.5" x 1.5".

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ref:8628  £15.00
Strathnairn, Baron   (1801-1885)
Strathnairn, Baron British Field Marshal, most famous for his actions in the Indian Mutiny.
The last page (6.5" x 4.5") of a letter handwritten and signed (Strathnairn) in ink.

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ref:8635  £15.00
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