CRASH AND WRECK MAIL / SOUTH AFRICA 1918 (May 1)

£185.00

Cover from Cape Town to London franked 1d, with enclosed lettter which includes “I wonder if you will come across Mr Burton. He leaves tomorrow to attend the coming Conference on behalf of the Government. General Botha was to have gone over but owing to the political unrest he does not think it wise to leave”, the envelope and letter both waterstained, having been recovered from the S.S. “Kenilworth Castle” which collided with an escorting destroyer in the English Channel on June 3rd. The Hon. H. Burton, Minister of South African Railways (mentioned in this letter) was travelling on the liner on his way to attend the Imperial War Conference.

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