ADMIRAL LIONEL HALSEY - TYPED LETTER FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 24203
Sale Price $198.00
LIONEL HALSEY. TLS: "Yrs Sincerely/Lionel Halsey", 1p, 7½x6¾. No place, no date, but 1930. To Rupert L. Preston, Esq., Coldstream Guards, Caterham, Surrey. Neither he nor the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VIII) can attend the meeting of the Household Brigade Flying Club at Heston Air Park, Hounslow, on Saturday, June 21st. As Heston Air Park was opened in 1929 and was purchased by the British Air Ministry in 1937, this letter must have been written in 1930 when June 21st was a Saturday. It was to and from Heston that Prime Minister Chamberlain few to Munich in 1938 to meet with Hitler and Mussolini. Sir Lionel Halsey (1872-1949) was Captain of the Fleet and was on the bridge of HMS Iron Duke at the Battle of Jutland for which he was made Companion of The Order of The Bath. He became Third Sea Lord in 1917 and was Commander in Chief of the Australian Navy from 1918-1920. Upper portion above the body of letter has been cut off. Horizontal fold through signature. Soiled at folds, pinhead-size holes at cross folds.
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