VICTORIA CROSS. Count von Gleichen (China, 1856). 20006



Autograph Letter Signed ‘Gleichen’, to Knatchbull Hugessen at the Colonial Office, making arrangements for him to meet Mr. Brassey. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, black edges, with the original envelope (initialled G), both very fine. St James Palace, 26 April 1872. Count von Gleichen (1833-1891), naval officer, sculptor, courtier. In 1856 he was appointed Flag-Lieutenant to Sir Harry Keppel in China and took a prominent part in the fighting, being present at operations in the Canton river, and at the destruction of a flotilla of war junks in Fatshan creek. For his services in China, Prince Victor was mentioned in despatches London Gazette 1 August 1857, and recommended for the Victoria Cross.