RICHARD AIREY (BARON AIREY)
Clipped autograph sentiment, with a printed biographic clipping
Autograph Sentiment signed: "Yours faithfully/Richard Airey", 4¼x2,
with printed biographic clipping affixed in lower right. Signature sheet affixed
to a larger page (6½x3¼) irregularly cut bearing ink caption. Richard Airey
(1803-1881), a Sandhurst graduate, was commissioned in the British Army in 1821.
Serving as Quartermaster-General in the Crimean War, he was accused of
complicity in the infamous order for the "Charge of the Light Brigade" (October
25, 1854), immortalized by the Tennyson poem. Upon his return to England,
Airey demanded an inquiry, which exonerated him. Airey was Governor General
of Gibraltar (1865-1870), retiring from the army as a full general in 1876.
He was elevated to the peerage as Baron Airey, a title which died with
him. Signature soiled. 1 binding hole at right bottom edge of larger page. Ink
note (unknown hand) at lower margin.
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