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1901 - EDWARD VII APPOINTS A LT-COLONEL OF THE IMPERIAL YEOMANRY
AS A COMPANION OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER
ISSUED SHORTLY AFTER HIS CORONATION IN HIS FIRST YEAR OF REIGN
COUNTER SIGNED BY THE EARL OF MIDLETON, ST. JOHN BRODRICK, SECRETARY OF STATE
Dated the 26th of September, 1901, In the First Year of Edward's Reign
 


 


Appointment to be a Companion of
Our Distinguished Service Order

Edward VII Stamped Signature


St. John Brodrick, 1st Earl Midleton
autographed signature


Edward VII  as King of England &
St John Brodrick as Secretary of State with the Department of War
 

Document is stamp signed by Edward VII and personally signed "St. John Brodrick" as The Principal Secretary of State having the Department of War for the time being, partially printed document with manuscript annotations, conferring a Companion of the Most Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on Bertram Firman, Esquire, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Imperial Yeomanry, with embossed seal in fine condition. Most documents from this period are offered with the stamped signature of Edward. A very nice signed document from England's most controversial Sovereign of the Twentieth Century and his equally controversial Secretary of State.
 

Historical Note

William St John Fremantle Brodrick, 1st Earl of Midleton (1856-1942)

Commonly known as St John Brodrick,  the 1st Earl of Midelton came of a Surrey family who in the 17th century, in the persons of Sir St. John Brodrick and Sir Thomas Brodrick, obtained grants of land in the south of Ireland. Sir St. John Brodrick settled at Midleton, between Cork and Youghal in 1641; and his son Alan Brodrick (1660-1728), speaker of the Irish House of Commons and lord chancellor of Ireland, was created Baron Brodrick in 1715 and Viscount Midleton in 1717 in the Irish peerage. In 1796 the title of Baron Brodrick in the Peerage of Great Britain was created. The English family seat at Peper Harow, near Godalming, Surrey, was designed by Sir William Chambers. William Brodrick, 8th Viscount Midleton was a conservative in politics, who for a few years had a seat in the House of Commons, and who was responsible in the House of Lords for carrying the Infants Protection Act. After being at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, and serving as president of the Oxford Union, Brodrick entered Parliament as Conservative member for Surrey West in 1880. From 1886 to 1892 he was financial secretary to the war office; Under-Secretary of State for War, 1895-1898; Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1898-1900; Secretary of State for War, 1900-1903; and Secretary of State for India, 1903-1905.

His sister, the Hon. Marian Cecilia Brodrick, married Sir James Whitehead, who was to become the British Ambassador to Austria. Their daughter Agathe was the first wife of Georg Ritter von Trapp; the story of their children and his second wife, Maria von Trapp was the basis of the musical The Sound of Music.

Document Specifications:  This is an authentic, official Royal Notice of Appointment by King Edward VII on buff, heavy, wove paper and measuring 8" wide x 13" tall (210mm x 333mm). It is in Fine Condition and bears the stamped signature of Edward, R.I. as King of England on the top left of the first page and the autograph signature of St. John Brodrick signing as the Secretary of State on the bottom right of the page. It is dated the 26th of September, 1901, In the First Year of Edward's Reign as his Coronation had just taken place in August. Printed in calligraphic text with handwritten particulars on one page only of a bifolium (single larger sheet folded in half to form four sides or pages) with an light blue paper over wax embossed seal. The condition of this very early Edwardian Appointment is only fine as there are several tears at the folds and heavy creasing, none affecting signatures. It is however an authentic, original, official Royal Appointment that was executed in the first year of Edward VII's reign, as such it is scarce.

 Offered by Berryhill & Sturgeon, Ltd.
 

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