1917 – December Footnotes

[1] The “Lansdowne Letter” called for Britain to negotiate a peace with Germany during the First World War. It was published by a London newspaper (The Daily Telegraph) and written by Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, a former foreign secretary and war minister . Lansdowne came under withering criticism with few supporters and the government rejected the proposal.

[2] Annie Louisa Robinson Swynnerton ARA (1844 – 1933) was a British painter best known for her portrait and symbolist works, but who was also a capable landscapist. John Singer Sargent appreciated her work and helped her to become the first elected woman member at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1922. Swynnerton was a close friend of leading suffragists of the day, notably the Pankhurst family.

[3] “What posterity may think of us” – A letter from General Robertson to Colonel Fagalde, a French Army officer, a liaison officer in 1917.

[4] HMS Antrim was a Devonshire-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. Upon mobilisation in mid-1914 her squadron was assigned to the Grand Fleet and spent much of its time patrolling the northern exits from the North Sea. She was paid off at the end of 1917, but was recommissioned in mid-1918 as a convoy escort.

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