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

Royal Household Correspondence

Letter dated 10 Nov 1887 from Balmoral.
Dear Sir
I enclosed the name of Prince Henry of Battenberg’s child
Yours faithfully
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To S Walford Esq

8 Alexander Mountbatten, Marquis of Carisbrooke, born 3 Nov 1886 and died 23 Feb 1960.
Accession Number: KO2686/127

Letter dated 9 May, possibly 1910 as there is a black mourning border to the paper, letter from Charlotte….

Sandringham, Norfolk
Dear Sir Archibald,
The Queen, Princes Victoria and myself are all delighted with your photographs and I ought to have told you this long ago but really had not one spare moment, so please forgive me.
Believe me,
Yours very sincerely,
Princess Victoria wishes particularly to know how your Wife is!!!
Accession Number: KO2686/166

Letter to Lady Hunter, in Gibraltar, dated 19 Feb 1912 from Louise, Princess Royal, on board HMS Powerful, regarding the death of the Duke of Fife her husband.

On 13 Dec 1911 while sailing to Egypt, the Princess Royal and her family were shipwrecked off the coast of Morocco on the SS Delhi, of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. Although they escaped unharmed, the Duke of Fife fell ill with pleurisy, probably contracted as a result of the shipwreck. He died at Aswan, Egypt in January 1912, and Princess Alexandra (his daughter) succeeded to his dukedom.
Accession Number: KO2686/057


Copy of telegram from the King to General Sir Archibald Hunter dated 1 Dec 1924. “The Queen and I are so grieved to hear of you irreparable loss and we offer you our deep sympathy in your sorrow. George R I”
Accession Number: KO2686/085

Letter to Hunter from Clive Wigram, York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk dated 2 Dec 1924.

“My dear General
Thank you so much for your letter. You are indeed in our thoughts, and when talking to my wife on the telephone last night we were saying that a gap your dear wife will leave in your life and in the lives of her many friends.
She was always so kind and friendly towards my wife and myself. The moment I arrived here yesterday both the King and Queen referred to her sad death and how much they felt for you.
I need hardly say, my dear General, how great our sympathy is with you.
I wish I could be in London to pay my last respects at the funeral.
Yours sincerely,
Clive Wigram”

Clive Wigram, first Baron Wigram (1873-1960), soldier and courtier.
In 1910, upon the accession of King George V, Colonel Clive Wigram exchanged a promising military career to be equerry and assistant private secretary to the King. Wigram was appointed private secretary to the King after the death of Arthur Bigge, Lord Stamfordham, in 1931.
Accession Number: KO2686/086

Letter to Hunter from Clive Wigram, Craig Gowan, Balmoral, Ballater, dated 16 Jul 1935.
“My dear General
You have always been a real good friend to me and thank you so much for your kind congratulations and good wishes.
I well remember those Poona days when I was with George Richardson. I do hope that you are enjoying decent health and that we may meet again some day.
Yours sincerely,
I have been deported for a rest”
Clive Wigram was made a peer on 25 Jun 1935
Accession Number: KO2686/087


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