Harold Alexander of Tunis

H R Alexander

Reference number:

12572B
£150.00

Description:

An original typed letter dated September 29th 1954 on Ministry of Defence stationary, clearly signed at the conclusion in ink by H R Alexander

Certification:

AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

24x19cm Letter

Condition:

Good. View Image. Folded twice

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About Harold Alexander of Tunis

Harold Alexander of Tunis

FIELD MARSHALL H R ALEXANDER OF TUNIS d1969. British Army officer who served with distinction in both WW1 and WW2 and afterwards as Governor General of Canada. He was educated at Harrow before moving to Sandhurst for training as an army officer of the Irish Guards. He rose to prominence through his service in the First World War, receiving numerous honours and decorations and continued his military career through various British campaigns across Europe and Asia. In World War II, he oversaw the final stages of the Allied Evacuation from Dunkirk and subsequently held high-ranking field commands in Burma / North Africa and Italy, including serving as Commander-in-Chief Middle East and commanding the 18th Army Group in Tunisia. He then commanded the 15th Army Group for the capture of Sicily and again in Italy before receiving his field marshal's baton and being made Supreme Allied Commander Mediterranean. In 1946 he was appointed as governor general by King George VI on the recommendation of  the Prime Minister of Canada and he occupied the post until succeeded by Vincent Massey in 1952. Alexander proved to be enthusiastic about the Canadian wilderness and was a popular governor general with Canadians. He was the last non-Canadian-born governor general before the appointment of Adrienne Clarkson in 1999, as well as the last governor general to be a peer. After the end of his viceregal tenure, he served as the British Minister of Defence in the Cabinet of Winston Churchill. He retired in 1954 and died aged 77 in Buckinghamshire on June 16th 1969

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H R Alexander

Reference number:

12572A
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Description:

A very desirable single sided personal letter in ink written & signed by H R Alexander on Headquarters Allied Armies in Italy headed paper (dated November 30th 1944)

Certification:

At this time H R Alexander was in command of the 15th Army Group. As well as its successor, the Allied Armies in Italy for most of the Italian Campaign until December 1944. He relinquished his command and took over as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces Headquarters, responsible for all military operations in the Mediterranean. From the family collection of RJA. Family member Joan B A ran the Secret Intelligence Centre for Winston Churchill during WW2. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

20x13cm Letter

Condition:

Good. View Image

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