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George V Autograph
Personal Autograph
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George V

King George V personally signs the Appointment of John Downey Pitman, Esquire Captain (acting Major) in the Forces of Our Dominion of Canada, Canadian Ordnance Corps to be a Companion of Our Distinguished Service Order

Dated January 1st 1918

Countersigned:   "Derby"
[stamped signature] by the Secretary of State for War Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

Secretary of State for War Winston S. Churchill signs a Notice of Mention for Canadian Forces Major. J. D. Pitman, Canadian Ordnance Corps pursuant to a Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, K.T.,G.C.B., K.C.I.E., G.C.V.O. Despatch, on November 7th 1917.

Young Winston Churchill

Winston S. Churchill
Stamped Signature
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George V Authentic Autograph on this Document

George V Stamped Signature from same period

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(3 June 1865 20 January 1936)

The first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor (formerly known as the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha). As well as being King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1927, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and King of Ireland) and the Commonwealth Realms, George was also the Emperor of India. George reigned from 6 May 1910 until his death, which included World War I (1914-1918). While the vast majority of signings by George V from this period were stamped facsimiles, this is a handwritten autograph by the King and not a reproduction or facsimile. A nice Less common Royal Appointment to a Canadian War Hero twice mentioned in Field Marshall Haig's Despatches in 1916 and 1917.

Document Specifications for the King George V Appointment: This is an authentic, official Royal Notice of Appointment by King George V on buff heavy "Turkey Mill" paper (click here for more information) watermarked "J Whatman/Hand Made/1917" and measuring 8" wide x13" tall (210mm x 333mm). It is in Very Fine Condition with very slight corner wear and bears the autograph signature of George, R.I. as King of England and is dated the 1st of January 1918. Printed in calligraphic text with handwritten particulars on one page (folio) only of a bifolium (single larger sheet folded in half to form four sides or pages) with an albino embossed seal.

Winston S. Churchill stamped signature

Secretary of State for War from January 10, 1919 to February 13, 1921

This is an Authentic, Official and Original Document issued on March 1st, 1919 by the British War Office. Following World War I it was common to acknowledge heroic and extraordinary actions by individual soldiers during the war. This Acknowledges that Major J. D. Pitman, Canadian Ordnance Corps, was mentioned in a War Despatch by Commanding General Sir Douglas Haig, K.T., G.C.B., K.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., on November 7th 1917. He had previously been ,mentioned in another Haig Despatch as a Captain and dated 13th November 1916. An attractive and less common - War Office Royal Notice of Mention in Despatch - to a Canadian War Hero appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.

Document Specifications for the Churchill Notice of Despatch:  This is an authentic, official Royal Note of Recognition on behalf of King George V on buff stock (heavy weight paper) measuring 8" wide x 7" tall (220mm x 185mm).  It is in Extremely Fine Condition and bears the stamped facsimile signature of Winston S. Churchill as Secretary of State for War and is from the War Office, Whitehall, S.W. and dated 1st March 1919.  PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL AND ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF WINSTON CHURCHILL'S SIGNATURE, AND WAS APPLIED IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF BUSINESS IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WAR, IT IS NOT CHURCHILL'S PERSONAL HANDWRITTEN AUTOGRAPH. THIS SIGNATURE, IN OUR OPINION, WAS APPLIED BY A FACSIMILE STAMP AND IS SOLD AS SUCH.  STILL IT IS A DESIRABLE ARTIFACT AND DOCUMENT COMMEMORATING WORLD WAR I AND WHICH IS AUTHENTIC, ORIGINAL AND UNIQUE IN ALL OTHER RESPECTS.

 Offered by Berryhill & Sturgeon, Ltd. .................................  $ Listed on eBay

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