Victoria Cross. TEESDALE, Major General Sir Christopher Charles. 18951



Autograph Letter Signed, to Frederick Young, writing on behalf of the Prince of Wales, requesting Young to call on Mr. Knollys. A good one page example, 7 x 4 inches, with an integral blank leaf. Marlborough House, 13 January 1885. Major General Sir Christopher Charles Teesdale VC KCMG CB (1833 –1893) was the first South African-born recipient of the Victoria Cross, awarded for gallantry at Kars in 1855. Teesdale was wounded at the battle of Kars, taken prisoner and held in Russia until he was released in 1856. He was awarded the Légion d’honneur and made an Honorary CB in the same year. A talented water colourist, he was responsible for illustrations in book on Battle of Kars by Humphry Sandwith, MD, the regiment’s doctor at Kars. The illustrations were possibly done whilst Teesdale was in captivity. He was decorated with the VC by Queen Victoria in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle on 21 November 1857. Sir Frederick Young KCMG (1817 –1913) was a British traveller and writer on imperial affairs.