Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

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    liverpool annie New Member

    Arthur William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn

    (1.5.1850 - 16.1.1942)
    place of birth: London, England
    Generalfeldmarschall: 9 September 1906

    Seventh child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, his name was given to him by his godfather the Duke of Wellington, hero of Waterloo. Having such a role model of course made a great impression on young Arthur, so he was early on destined for a military career.

    Arthur entered the service as a 16-year old, and his career took him to places such as Canada, Egypt, South Africa and India. In 1874, his mother pronounced him Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, and in 1879 he married Princess Lousie Marguerite, grand-niece of Kaiser Friedrich III. of Prussia. In September 1906 he received ceremonial promotion to field marshal of the Prussian Army. His relatively heavy involvement in German affairs is most likely the reason that Arthur was sent to Canada from 1911 until 1916 where he served as Great Britain's Governor General and Supreme Commander while the situation with Germany deteriorated. Arthur died at Baghshot Park, Surrey, in January 1942 at the age of 91.

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