This page is about the son of Prince Arthur, Duke of
Connaught. See here for the 1st Duke.
Prince Arthur married Alexandra, Duchess of Fife in 1913.
They had one son, Alistair Arthur, born the following year.
A correspondent has kindly sent me this picture of Princess
Alexandra. The signed photo and a gift had been given to someone she
had worked with in a hospital during the war.
Prince Arthur died four years before his father and so never
inherited the title of Duke of Connaught, which passed to his son
Alistair, who thus became the 2nd Duke of Connaught.
collector has found an old
autograph book once owned by Captain Vaughan of the White Star Line's
RMS Majestic. The book contains a fascinating collection of signatures
of the famous and not-so-famous. Among the signatures are Arthur and
Alexandra, and it is reasonable to assume that these are Prince Arthur
and his wife, the signature of Alexandra matches that of the portrait
Whether the third signature has any connection with them is not clear
as the page contains several other signatures.
Sean Rumage has
written from the USA :
I have come into possession of a sterling silver match safe made in
1917 and inscribed in 1918. On one side it reads "Bagshot Park May 20th
1918". On the other side it has a crown over the letters AW. The A
being overlaid on the W. [Jun 15 X]
My guess is that
this is a prize or keepsake from an event, perhaps a competition, that
took place on that date in the grounds of Bagshot Park - the only thing
against that theory is that the war had not ended and would such events
have taken place then? The Royal Family had changed its name
Windsor (from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) the year before. Both the Duke and his
son had the Christian name Arthur, so both might be considered to have
the initials AW as Sean describes in the monogram. But I
that the Duke is likely to have styled himself as HRH The Duke of
Connaught, so on balance I think this may relate to his son, Prince
Arthur. But I have no idea what might have been going on on
May 1918 to warrant this.
a remarkable cooincidence, two other correspondents had written
describing identical match safes in their possession. Margaret
wrote that the one she has was awarded to her father who was serving
with the Canadian Army and stationed at the time at a camp established
on Smiths Lawn, Windsor Great Park. Writing home he described the
circumstances "Well, we are getting along pretty well with baseball. We have played 10
games and won 7 of them. A week ago today we played at the Duke of
Connaught’s and had a very nice time. We received a silver match safe
each for winning the game and the Duke and Princess Patricia gave us the
presents. The Duke of Connaught is the brother of the late King Edward
and an uncle of the present king. He was quite a jovial old fellow and
shook hands with all of us and told me I had “some rare smoke” on the
ball. He used to be Governor General of Canada you know, and knows quite
a little about baseball. Princess Pat is quite good-looking, but rather
tall. She was not a bit frigid looking, but on the contrary looked to be
rather jolly."  [vi 06] [15020 X]
Unfortunately I have now lost contact with all three correspondants.
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