GEORGE V - Autograph Telegram Form Signed to the Prince of Wales
GEORGE V (1865-1936)Autograph Telegram Signed (“G.R.I.”) to the Prince of Wales informing him that “Derek will be Beauquesne tomorrow night”.
1 page folio in pencil on an official Post Office Telegraphs form, n.p., n.d. [but 1916-1918].
Addressed by the King to “Prince of Wales”, the telegram continues “Thanks for your letter. Derek will be Beauquesne tomorrow night & will give you instructions. G.R.I.”
At the start of the First World War, the young Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, was keen to serve on the front line. He was frustrated in this, as officials were deeply concerned at the prospect of enemy propaganda should he be captured. He did, however, succeed in visiting the front line on several occasions, as may have been the case at the time this telegram was sent. Beauquesne, a town not far from Amiens, is situated in a part of France which saw one of the deadliest battles of the war in 1916, during the Somme offensive.
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