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King George V: Letter to Soldiers of The United States - April 1918

One of the pleasantest features of the debarkation of the American soldiers in England is the greeting given them by King George. Every soldier upon landing is given an envelope with these words on it, "A Message to You from His Majesty King George."

The inside of the envelope holds a sheet of paper with the royal arms engraved upon it. Under this, in facimile handwriting, is the message of King George.

These letters are now being reasured by soldiers as one of the most valuable souvenirs of the war. (Note 1)

Letter to Soldiers of The United States from King George V - April 1918

Image 1: Letter to the soldiers of the A. E. F. by King George

Windsor Castle

Soldiers of the United States, the people of the British Isles welcome you on your way to take your stand beside the Armies of many Nations now fighting in the Old World the great battle for human freedom.

The Allies will gain new heart & spirit in you company.

I wish that I could shake the hand of each one of you & bid you God speed on your mission.

/s/ George R. I.

[ His Majesty King George V ]

April 1918

Envelope - A Message To You From His Majesty King George Vth

Envelope containing the King George Letter to the soldiers of the A. E. F.

Information on Letter

  • Date: April 1918
  • Written by: H.M. King George V of the United Kingdom
  • Dimensions of Letter: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Dimensions of Envelope: 13.8 x 10.2 cm

FAQ on the King George Letter:

My family has recently passed and in looking through the World War I articles we came across the "letter to the soldiers" signed George RI. Could you tell us where we can gain more information, (i.e. how many are there?, is this really signed by a king?, etc.). We appreciate in advance any help you can provide.

To the best of my knowledge, there is only one original - probably in an archive located in the UK. It was presented to the soldiers of the A.E.F. similar to a proclamation with copies distributed (typeset) to the men. The closest approximation to current technology would be a photocopy. King George is believed to have been the signer of the original document. Over a million copies were distributed to the men who crossed the UK during World War One.

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King George's Letter To U. S. Soldiers

One of the pleasantest features of the debarkation of the American soldiers in England is the greeting given them by King Geoge. Every soldier upon landing is given an envelope with these words on it, "A Message to You from His Majesty King George."

The inside of the envelope holds a sheet of paper with the royal arms engraved upon it. Under this, in facsimile handwriting, is the message of King George.

[Text of letter above]

George R. I.

April 1918

These letters are now being treasured by soldiers as one of the most valuable sourvenirs of the war.

New York Times

1 September 1918

Note 1: King George's Letter to U.S. Soldiers, Article in the New York Times Published 1 September 1918 © The New York Times


HAS KING'S GREETING

Mrs. T. A. Angus Gets Interesting Note from Son with Replica of British Ruler's Writing

Ari interesting note from the field of war was received by Mrs. T. A. Angus from her son, Howard Angus, a few days ago. It is a letter reproduced in the hand-writing of King George pf England, bearing the coat of arms of Windsor Castle, and says:

[Text of letter above]

George R. I.

April 1918

The Arcadia Journal, Published Weekly
Arcadia, Los Angeles County, California
Saturday, August 17, 1918


THE KING'S GREETING

Gettyburg Soldier among those who were Honored

Mrs. John H. Tawney has received a facsimilie of the message written by King George V to the American Soldiers as they were passing through London. Mr. Tawney was a member of a trench mortar battery which was honored by receiving the message.

At the extreme top of the letter engraved in a red die is the seal of Great Britain, and beneath this the two engraved words in the same color, "Windsor Castle." The letter follows.

[Text of letter above]

The envelope in which the letter was mailed has printed on the upper left hand corner these words. "A message to you from His Majest King George V." On the envelope flap is also the seal of Great Britain.

The Gettysburg Times
Gettysburg, PA
Saturday, August 24th, 1918

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