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Details of Lot 927
VICTORIA CROSS: John Manners Smith (1864-1920) Lieutenant Colonel in the British Indian Army, Victoria Cross winner for his actions at Nilt Fort, India, on 20th December 1891. A.L.S., J Manners Smith, three pages, 8vo, Newbury, 7th December 1912, to Lauder. Smith states that he is pleased to hear that his correspondent has been awarded the Royal Humane Society's medal 'for your brave action in saving my life...a cutting about the presentation was sent to us today...I feel it is quite impossible to express how much I owe to you & shall never be able to discharge the debt of gratitude. The more I think of it the more I realise the risk you took for me.'; Thomas Orde Lawder Wilkinson (1894-1916) Canadian Soldier, posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at La Boiselle, France, on 5th July 1916. Rare D.S., T. O. L. Wilkinson, in pencil, one page, small 8vo, n.p., 4th October n.y. (1915). The printed postcard takes the form of a letter giving various message options, the irrelevant ones struck through in pencil by Wilkinson. Signed and dated at the conclusion. Neatly laid down to a page removed from an autograph album; Frederick Roberts (1832-1914) British Field Marshal, Victoria Cross winner for his actions at the Indian Mutiny on 2nd January 1858. L.S., Fred Roberts, two pages, 8vo, Head Quarters Camp, 4th January 1886, to 'My dear Nawab', stating that he was disappointed to learn that his correspondent has to leave Delhi 'just before our manoeuvres commence' and inviting him to the camp tomorrow morning. With blank integral leaf, laid down to a page removed from an autograph album. G, 3
Autograph Auction
Radisson Edwardian Hotel Heathrow
13 February 2010