"East Indian Command", 1916-01 - 1917-07
Scope and Contents
Written from the British Residency at Cairo and the Residency at Alexandria in Egypt, Viceregal Lodge at Simla in India, Queen's House, Colombo in Sri Lanka, the Yacht 'North Star', The Palace at Khartoum in Sudan and The Berkeley Hotel in London.
Subjects include the difficulties of taking up a new command, the defence of the Suez Canal, the education of their daughter, the Hon. Alice Elizabeth Millicent Erskine-Wemyss, "the kitten" [later Alice Cunnack], the aftermath of the Dardanelles campaign, the German attack on Verdun, Wemyss' unsuccessful attempt to relieve the besieged Major-General Sir Charles Townshend in Kut-el-Amara [later Al-Kut] in Iraq, Wemyss' opinions of the British "Tommy" and of black soldiers, the sinking of HMS Hampshire and the resultant death of Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener 1st Earl Kitchener, the battle of Jutland, the death of Sir George Warrender 7th Baronet, the Russian revolution and Wemyss receiving the Legion of Honour.
Includes mention of Alexander Battenberg, Marie Antoinette Pauline Princess of Hohenlohe née Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Ludwigsburg "Princess Wittgenstein", Aubrey Herbert, Bonar Law, Sir Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Arthur Henry McMahon and Reginald Wingate 1st Baronet.
Also in the file, a bookplate with the Wemyss crest and motto.
- 1916-01 - 1917-07
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Language of Materials
Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Wemyss, Rosslyn Erskine, 1864 - 1933 (1st Baron Wester Wemyss, Admiral of the Fleet) (Person)