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Up to 1914

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1911 Times of India. 'GULF ARMS TRAFFIC. The Fighting at Dabai'

1911 Extract from the Times of India, Jan. 21st 1911: 'GULF ARMS TRAFFIC. The Fighting at Dabai'. Refers to MUSCAT and KOWIT. {Kuwait} Lieutenant Noakes was with the search party in the skirmish at DABAI, Persian Gulf and his conduct was favorably noted by the Admiralty. [Cyril John laugham Noakes RN] Includes a list of 6 British Casualties and 10 wounded. The Arabs lost at least 37 men. [THE DUBAI INCIDENT, 1910: A GUN BATTLE THAT DAMAGED BRITISH RELATIONS WITH THE TRUCIAL COAST] 210 x 350mm. Creased and faults. Ref: 301-139.


Price: £350.00
1857 cover HONG KONG to GB. Abraham Lennox Crimea VC holder

1857 cover from HONG KONG to 'Lady Arthur Lennox', GB and initialled in corner 'AL': Abraham Lennox. Also endorsed "Hong Kong 24th. Aug. '57"and s/r. 3rd. Nov. 1857 receipt p/m. to rear.

OVERSEAS INVESTITURE OF THE VC in HONG KONG by GOC Hong Kong, Lieutenant General T. Ashburton to Lieutenant Abraham LENNOX, Royal Engineers.

[Lt. Col. Wilbraham Oates Lennox (1830-1897), was awarded the Victoria Cross for his valour at the siege of Sebastopol]. He was the fourth son of Lieut.-Col. Lord George Lennox (1793-1873), brother of Lord Arthur Lennox. The cover was to his wife 'Lady Arthur Lennox'.

[He joined the Royal Engineers as a 2nd lieutenant on 27 June 1848. He landed in the Crimea on 30 September 1854 and served there with the army until it reembarked in June 1856. He was present throughout the seige and capture of Sebestopol, gaining the VICTORIA CROSS** for valour during the capture of some rifle pits. He subsequently served in India during the Mutiny and was present at the relief of Lucknow. Ref: 303-110.


Price: £400.00
1911 cover CHINA to GB. Indian FPO No. 1 p/m. Report on MONGOLIA

1911 (15th. Sept) cover and letter from CHINA to GB endorsed 'Via Siberia' with d/r. Indian FPO No. 1 p/m. with CEF o/p. to One Anna adhesives. Chinese Expeditionary Force. To: RMB Otter-Barry Esq. September 11th. 1911. Peking Legations.
My dearest Father, The attach has recommended me to stay on & forwarded on my report on Mongolia. In the covering letter of the latter he again recommended me to stay on, saying I deserve credit for it, and the Minister here endorsed his recommendation. He seems very pleased with my report, and so they ought to be as it cost me 60 and nearly 4 months toil altogether. Phoebe and I went for a Saturday to Monday picnic in the hills 27 miles away last weekend - with the Russian Minister, his daughter, a Russian officer and another Russian lady Perry-Ayscough and a man called George. It was very jolly. P rode with me and the pony strained for her, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and also my talk with the Russian Minister which rather opened my eyes about the Chinese Russian question. They look upon Mongolia as a buffer state & say it is really under Mongolian Rule, which is as a matter of fact a "lie" as it is ruled purely by Chinese officials and Mongolian Princes have no authority whatsoever. 

WITH THE RUSSIANS IN MONGOLIA: Perry-Ayscough of the Chinese Postal Service, FRGS, and Capt. Otter-Barry (B. 1879) of the Royal Sussex Regiment, FRGS, [Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society] travelled through Mongolia at different times, the latter in 1911, just before the Chinese Revolution.

Ref: 306-090.


Price: £475.00
1843 entire IRELAND to 'The Earle of Haddington, First Lord of the Admiralty'

1843 (April) entire from IRELAND to 'The Earle of Haddington, First Lord of the Admiralty, London' regarding the death of seaman serving on HMS Herald, China - involved in the First Anglo-Chinese War. Mrs C. Burns requesting details of a will made by 'John Dumphey alias Murphy .. in the Military Hospital of Macoa in China and duly attested by Surgeon Allen and Mr Diamond'.

[John Dumphey, aged 44, Able Seaman belonged to HMS Herald; taken ill in Canton River; sick or hurt, intermittent fever quotidien; put on sick list 30 Aug. 1841, died 25 Oct. 1841]

Including written response drafted inside from The Earl. The original entire was from the Navy (Office of Inspectors of Seaman's Wills) dated Jan. 1843. [For margined SG8 1d. tied by very fine Cootehill Maltese Cross] The First Sino British War, or Opium War. HMS Herald was paid off at Chatham in May 1842. Ref: 313-152.


Price: £500.00