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Archive of General Sir Archibald Hunter GCB GCVO DSO TD LLD
at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, Lancaster.

Hunter and General Higginson

Letter to Hunter from General Sir George Wentworth Higginson, dated 9 Jul 1919

General Sir George Wentworth Alexander Higginson, GCB, GCVO, KCB. Born on 21 Jun 1826, he joined the Grenadier Guards in 1845 and served as Adjutant in the Crimean War. In Lady Butler’s well known picture ‘The Roll Call’ it is Higginson who figures in the foreground.
He spent his childhood in West London when it was a series of villages and fields. Educated at Eton College as a young Grenadier he fought throughout the Crimean War and was twice promoted for services in the field. During his career he travelled extensively on military affairs to Ireland, Canada, France, Italy and Russia.

From the date of his appointment as Colonel of the Worcestershire Regiment in 1893 Sir George Higginson associated himself closely with every aspect of regimental life, and when he died on 1 Feb 1927, there was no one actually serving with the Regiment who could remember the days before him. With the passing of a grand old soldier in his 101st year the work of one who had come to be regarded as an institution was ended.

Following his retirement from the army, Sir George became chairman of the governors of Sir William Borlase’s School, Chairman of the directors of Marlow Water Company, vice president of Marlow Regatta, vice president of Marlow Institute and Horticulture Society, president of the Marlow British League branch and vice president of the Marlow Cottage Hospital. In 1926 the General Reached his 100th birthday and it was only a few months later, in Feb 1927, that he died. His funeral was reported as being the grandest affair Marlow had ever seen. Flags in the town were all at half-mast, shops were shut and blinds were drawn. Hundreds of people lined the route of the funeral procession. Eight guardsmen in full uniform escorted the coffin, on top of which lay the general’s sword and plumed hat, to his final resting place at All Saints Church on the riverside.

Accession Number: KO2686/073

Letter to Hunter from General Sir George Wentworth Higginson, dated 14 Jul 1919
Accession Number: KO2686/074

Letter to Hunter from General Sir George Wentworth Higginson, dated 19 Nov 1919
Accession Number: KO2686/075

Letter to Hunter from General Sir George Wentworth Higginson, dated 7 May 1920
Accession Number: KO2686/078

Letter to Hunter from General Sir George Wentworth Higginson, dated 24 Nov 1924
Accession Number: KO2686/084

General Sir George Wentworth Higginson GCB GVO
Report of Speeches at Dinner given in Strangers’ Dining Room, on Tuesday, July 25th, 1922, by General Sir Archibald Hunter, MP.

Accession Number: KO2686/133

‘Copied from a book in the Library of the House of Commons’
‘Total destruction by Fire of the House of Lords and Commons’ 16 Oct 1834.

Accession Number: KO2686/134

Table Plan for the Dinner in the House of Commons, 25 Jul 1922 in honour of General Sir George Higginson.
Accession Number: KO2686/135

Press cutting regarding dinner to General Higginson.
Accession Number: KO2686/136

Invitation card, blank, to dinner in honour of General Sir George Higginson.
“To have the honour of meeting His Royal Highness Field Marshall the Duke of Connaught, KG, KT, KP.
General Sir Archibald Hunter, requests the honour of the company of ____ at Dinner in the Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, on Tuesday 25 Jul at 7.45pm. General Sir George Higginson, GCB, GCVO will be present. He was a witness of the fire which destroyed the Houses of Parliament on 16 Oct 1834.
RSVP to 11 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1.”
Accession Number: KO2686/137

Order of service for funeral of George Wentworth Alexander Higginson, 1 Feb 1927
Accession Number: KO2686/138


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