“One muddle and waste of life after another” – a royal voice on the Dardanelles

HRH Princess Louise (1848-1949), one of the daughters of Queen Victoria, and aunt of both King George V of England and the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, was also aunt by marriage of Ralph Glyn and his sisters, as she had married the Duke of Argyll, eldest brother of Lady Mary Glyn. She wrote to Ralph with some frank comments on the Dardanelles.

Sept 2nd [1915]

Kensington Palace

Dearest Ralph

I was delighted to get a letter from you, & to know how you are getting[on]. The Dardanelle business has indeed been one muddle & waste of life after another. Young Morse has been well spoken of & was in that first landing business, he has a DSO & poor old Mrs Morse at home, you must remember her as a boy, is[really?] delighted & he is one in command of a small cruiser I believe, so he is very proud.

Letter from Princess Louise to Ralph Glyn (D/EGL/C15/2)

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