Lumsden. Telegram on Appointment as Acting Adjutant Genera1874


Lumsden. Indian Telegraph message informing General Lumsden. You are appointed Acting Adjutant General our Hearty Congratulations. The telegram on an official form, 11 x 9 ins,  is dated Calcutta, and stamped as being received RAWALPINDEE 25.8.74. It is sent by Major General Sir Henry Wylie Norman [1826-1904] who was Military Member of the Viceroy’s Council at this time.  Pasted to an old card album sheet. apr19/2   SOLD 3rd May 2023

Provenance: From a large archive of the General’s papers passed down through descendants of his brother, General Sir Harry Lumsden. Lumsden himself had no children.

General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.C.B., C.S.I.. A.D.C. [1829-1918] had a very distinguished career in India, China, and Afghanistan and was the author of the standard work on his brother’s regiment Lumsden of the Guides. He joined the Bengal Army in 1847 and first saw action on the N.W.F. in 1851. In 1857 he was on a special mission to Kandahar and served in the China War with Napier., Bhutan War 1854, QMG India 1868-72, acting Resident Hyderabad 1873, Chief of the Staff in India in 1879 and headed the British Commission for the Demarcation of the N. W. Boundary of Afghanistan 1884-5.  He was made G.C.B. and an ADC to Queen Victoria.