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Colwyn Erasmus Arnold Phillipps, Captain, Royal Horse Guards. Born Dec. 11, 1888, Killed in Action near Ypres, May 13, 1915. 2nd Ed., xiii+128pp., 2 portraits. Smith, Elder. 1915  #57836
[HLMainPic] Colwyn Phillipps was born in 1888, educated at Farnborough School, Eton & Sandhurst, commissioned into the Royal Horse Guards in 1908. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1909. He joined his regiment in France at the beginning of November 1914, was killed in action east of Ypres on 13th May 1915 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. He was twenty-six and was Mentioned in Despatches. Includes poetry and prose compositions by the subject (some with war themes), and forty pages of extracts from letters from the Front, November 1914-April 1915 (mostly written to his mother). During the First Battle of Ypres he wrote: "We are taking part in a most amazing battle: we are holding a V that sticks out into the German lines; the result is that we have two fronts facing different ways and shells come from all directions… all our fighting is in these beastly trenches, forty-eight hours at a time and up to your knees in water. It is not cold but horrid wet… The first thing we learn out here is to forget about 'Glory.' Your regiment is no good when it is dead, and your job is to retire rather than be wiped out… we have no chance of really beating the Germans here, and if we hold on the Russians may win for us…"Vellum binding, gilt titles to sp. & front, little discoloured but VG with inscrip. from his father to half-title "Merial Howard 1916. From Lord St. Davids." See illustration on our website.   £65




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