Thursday, November 13, 2014

Duke of Cumberland made insane by war

November 13, 1914

Prince Ernst August, Duke of Cumberland, has been discovered "wandering about in a demented condition," according to a dispatch sent from Copenhagen to the London Standard, and reported by the New York Times.

The Duke of Cumberland is the father of the Duke of Brunswick, who is married to the Kaiser's only daughter, Viktoria Luise.

It is reported that the "horrors of war" have affected the Duke of Cumberland's brain, and he is now "confined to an asylum."

The Duke of Brunswick has been reported "missing" for several weeks.

A Parisian newspaper reported on November 11 that the Duke of Brunswick "had been missing for a considerable time," and an official search :among the dead and wounded German soldiers had failed to find him."  He "suddenly disappeared from his regiment" on October 20.   One report stated that he had been taken prisoner.  The Duchess of Brunswick has visited her father's headquarters to "make inquiries."  She is the mother of an eight-month-old son."

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