29th Jun, 2021 10:00

Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale

  Lot 23

Captain Lord Arthur John Hamilton

Captain Lord Arthur John Hamilton, Irish Guards (1883-1914), a very moving three page typed official account of the death of the gallant army officer and courtier during the First Battle of Ypres on 6th November 1914.

The report addressed to The Duchess of Abercorn (the Captain's mother) and forwarding his personal effects from the battlefield along with a translated detailed report from the German Officer who gave comfort to her dying son on the battlefield and sent on his personal effects. The very moving account shows that even in the midst of battle there were still chivalrous acts. The German Major describing how he offered his hand to the dying Captain who said 'Adieu, mon Comarade' which left a lasting impression on the Major.

The third page is a typed translation of a reply sent by the German Major to a letter from The Duchess giving her some comfort that her son did not suffer and sending her a map of where he fell in order for her to place a memorial tablet. He writes 'I am glad to state that in your son I got to know a soldier who fought and fell as a gallant officer and gentleman'.

Captain Lord Arthur John Hamilton was appointed Deputy Master of The Royal Household on 5th March 1913. He joined the British Expeditionary Force with the Irish Guards in August 1914 and was killed three months later aged 30. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate. He was a pupil of the Reverend Bertram Pollock at Wellington College and this report was presumably sent by his mother The Duchess of Abercorn to him. On the back of the report the Bishop has written in pencil 'The story of Jack Hamilton'. He was used to giving comfort the the parents of his ex-pupils including members of the Royal Family who suffered such dreadful losses of their sons during the Great War.

Sold for £290


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Auction: Royalty, Antiques & Fine Art Sale, 29th Jun, 2021

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