“The last time I saw Sturdee was at the Falkland Islands”!

The American Commander in Chief, General John Pershing, British Admiral Doveton Sturdee and General William Birdwood were all granted honorary degrees from Cambridge after the war.

29 Barton Road
27 July ‘19

My very dear Smu

[Visiting Southwold, Suffolk] On Thursday 10th there came, with their crews, 2 armoured cars, which had been serving in Russia: and in the photographs sold in the shops next day, we recognised unmistakeably Mr and Mrs Image.

I see that I’ve only left a few inches to describe the Honorary Degrees on Wednesday 23rd – so I’ll enclose the paper I found on my seat. The figure I was most anxious to see was Admiral Sturdee. He looked like a Dean or an Archdeacon – an ecclesiastic of high degree. Just in front of me was a naval Lieutenant in uniform (with a pretty young wife) – so I appealed to him. He gave me all information quite simply – and as we rose to go, and watched Sturdee leave the Senate House, he said, “the last time I saw Sturdee was at the Falkland Islands”!! I was delighted to see a fellow who had been in that fight.

Pershing looked capable of sternness.

The u.g.s (who were all in their khaki) chaired Birdwood.

Our kindest remembrances to ye both.

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Letter from John Maxwell Image to W F Smith (D/EX801/2)

Horrible news

The naval Battle of Coronel, fought off the coast of Chile on 1 November 1914, was one of the Royal Navy’s less successful encounters in the war. Admiralty official Henry Vansittart Neale’s wife Florence was distressed at the earliest reports. HMS Canopus, mentioned here, missed the battle but went on to glory in the Battle of the Falklands.

5 November 1914
Dot very anxious and no wonder. Hope Charlie is safe. Awful battle going on. Germans coming up & up to trenches…

Horrible news. Our two battleships by Chile done for, Cape Good Hope & Monmouth. Captain Cradock did not wait for “Canopus”.

Diary of Florence Vansittart Neale (D/EX73/3/17/8)