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BIGLAND (Editha Blanche Hinde) The Soldier Squire: A Memoir with Portraits of Second-Lieutenant George Braddyll Bigland of Bigland of the 1/4th King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, the Immortal Fifty-First Division. By his Mother. Edited by Alfred Fell. 1st Ed., [xi]+72pp., 230x152mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates including memorial tablet, example of a musical score composed by the subject and two of juvenile handwriting. Ulverston: Kitchin & Co. 1923  #66650
[HLMainPic] 2nd Lieutenant Bigland was born at St. Louis, Missouri, but returned to England aged two, was privately educated & took over running the Bigland estate at an early age, his father having died in 1902. He received a commission in the 4th Bn. Royal Lancaster Regiment (TF) in August 1914, joined in September & left for the front with his battalion on 3rd May 1915. Six weeks later he was Killed in Action, leading his platoon in the Battle of Festubert on 15th June 1915. An account of his childhood & youth largely recalled by his widowed mother, to whom, as an only child, he was naturally close, & of his military training. His death is described in letters from officers & men of his battalion. He was twenty-three years old & had married in the spring of 1915, Audrey Hampson; a daughter, also Audrey, was born after his death. He is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Orig. red cloth, gilt to front (title & coat of arms), VG, rare & touching memorial. See illustrations on our website.   £145


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