A letter printed on paper with additional handwritten details

A letter printed on paper with additional handwritten details was sent to Major General Sir Peter Lumsden, G.C.B. as a receipt for the return of the Military Division Riband, Badge, and Star of the Most Honorable Order of the Bath. The letter, which was signed by Albert W. Woodd Garter, is dated November 16, 1885 and was sent from the College of Arms in Queen Victoria Street. During Victorian times, it was common for higher ranks of orders to be returned, although they could be kept for a fee. The item's provenance is from an archive of General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden's papers, which were passed down through descendants of his brother, General Sir Harry Lumsden. General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden had a notable 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 saw his first action in 1851 on the N.W.F. He went on to serve in the China War with Napier, the Bhutan War in 1854, QMG India from 1868-72, was the acting Resident of Hyderabad in 1873, and was Chief of Staff in India in 1879. Additionally, he headed the British Commission for the Demarcation of the N. W. Boundary of Afghanistan from 1884-5. General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden was made G.C.B. and served as an ADC to Queen Victoria.


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