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The British Naval Captain who commanded the World War II cruiser Adventure declines invitation to a council meeting in 1946. A rare signature!
Typed letter signed: "R. Bowes Lyon", as Captain in the Royal Navy, Director of Welfare Services, in blue ink. 1 page, 6x7½. June 17, 1946, London, England. To "Dear Captain Andrews", Captain A.A. Andrews, OBE, The Comptroller, SSAFA, London, England, in full: "I am very sorry that I will be unable to attend the meeting of the Council on Wednesday as I have an appointment with the Orthop├Ždic specialist as he only comes up from an Army Hospital every fortnight I cannot put him off. Unless I hear from you to the contrary, may I send Second Officer Lang in my place, as you have so kindly permitted on previous occasions? Yours sincerely.". Ronald Bowes-Lyon (1893-1960) served in the British Royal Navy for over 40 years. Joining the Navy in 1911, he rose through the ranks to become captain during World War II. He commanded the cruiser Adventure, successfully capturing 157 German soldiers off the blockade runner Silvaplana. Following his retirement in 1945 he became director of the Welfare Services of the Royal Navy. Bowes-Lyon was a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth's mother. 2½x2 paper loss at lower right corner. Normal mailing folds. Edges and corners slightly creased. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at margins. Secretarial stamps.Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: June 22, 1893 in Netherlands
Died: April 17, 1960 in London, England, United Kingdom

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