Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to the Special Constabulary Chelsea Company

Letter No.: 
Nov 24th [1914]

Notice as Sergeant in the Special Constabulary
13 Cheyne Walk,
Chelsea, S.W.

(1) The South Fulham Constitutional Club 163 New King's Road has offered the use of its rifle range free except for the price of ammunition to members of our Company Showing their Warrant Cards every evening from 7.30 to 10.30 pm.
It is hoped members will avail themselves of this as it is proposed to arrange shooting competitions between the various companies.
(2) Arrangements have been made to take a photograph of the Chelsea Company on Sunday Dec: 6th at 12 noon.
It is hoped that all members will attend on that date at the Station Yard of the Chelsea Police Station.
(3) Cars carrying bright lights head-lights are not to be stopped but their No is to be reported to the Superintendent.
(4) Any Constable making a report in the Post Note book must see that a copy of that report reaches the Sergeant or a Sub Inspector before 10 am the next morning.
(5) If you were on duty at the Opening of Parliament will you kindly let me know.

R. Vaughan Williams


General notes: 

VW joined the Special Constabulary at the outbreak of War and had become a Sergeant by 29th August. By the end of the year he had joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. See R.V.W.: a biography, pp. 115-116. This letter was sold at Sotheby's on 21 November 1990, lot 3987.
In Adeline VW's hand, signed by VW.

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