92 year old World War One letter from King George

Letter from King George of England to the United States Expeditionary Forces in France

I have researched this item, and found that it was not the original hand-written one, which resides in a museum.  However, copies of the original letter were given to all the American soldiers that had come to fight in France during World War One to thank them for their help in the war. This one belonged to my Grandfather, who DID fight in this war, and so that makes it an antique for sure.  1917 is the date the Expeditionary Forces landed in France, so it is about ninety-two years old.

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Antique World War 1 Letter from King George to The U.S. Expeditionary Forces

It says:

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

George R.I. (R.L.?)    April, 1918

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  1. […] Letter from King George of England to the United States Expeditionary Forces in France . . . not the original hand-written one, which resides in a museum. However, copies of the original letter were given to all the American soldiers that had come to fight in France during World War One to thank them for their help in the war. This one belonged to my Grandfather, who DID fight in this war, and so that makes it an antique for sure. 1917 is the date the Expeditionary Forces landed in France, so it is about ninety-two years old. . . . […]

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