CLARENCE, Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of. 17169



Part Document Signed ‘Albert Victor, Major Commanding X Royal Hussars’, the lower section of a “Descriptive Return of a man proposed for enlistment”, in this case for William Robert Bulcock, aged 18 years and 3 months, and above the signature the Duke has written: “I will take this Man.” 6½ x 8½ inches, folds, in good condition. Dublin, 19 October 1891. The uncommon signature of ‘Eddie’, Albert Victor Christian Edward, Duke of Clarence (1864-1892), first son of Edward, Prince of Wales, and grandson of Queen Victoria. Fabricated rumours about him included a connection with the Jack the Ripper murders, and an association with the Cleveland Street scandal. Just as plans for both his marriage to Princess Mary of Teck and his appointment as Viceroy of Ireland were under discussion, Albert Victor fell ill with influenza in the pandemic of 1889–92. He developed pneumonia and died at Sandringham House in Norfolk on 14 January 1892, less than a week after his 28th birthday.