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Army Service Corps   12 Books
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AGATE (Capt. James E.) L. of C. (Lines of Communication): Being the Letters of a Temporary Officer in the A.S.C. 1st Ed., xii+288pp. Constable. 1917  #42216
Impressions during training & service in France. Orig. green cloth, sp. dull o/w about VG.   £28
BADCOCK (Bt. Lt.-Col. G.E., CBE, DSO) A History of the Transport Services of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force 1916-1917-1918. 1st Ed., 388pp., portrait frontis., fldg. maps, several sketches & tables. Rees. 1925  #56458
[HLMainPic] Detailed account of camel, donkey & mechanical transport, with personal reminiscences & a useful roll of the officers of each unit. Falls, in a lengthy review, writes: "...He has written an interesting & witty account of the transportation services, but in some respects must be said to have missed a great opportunity, for he deals rather with composition than organisation... filled by detailed accounts of the merits & demerits of particular vehicles, & of the methods by which the demerits were overcome in the workshops.... So that, while the details he gives are a tribute to resource & ingenuity, they are not particualrly useful to the student of transportation problems." Orig. blue cloth, gilt, some staining to sp. o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
BEATSON (A.M., Temp. Lt, ASC) The Motor Bus in War: Being the Impressions of an A.S.C. Officer during Two & a Half Years at the Front. 1st Ed., 224pp. T. Fisher Unwin. 1918  #52872
[HLMainPic] Service with the Mechanical Transport Supply Column of an Indian Cavalry Division on the Western Front from end of 1914 inc. Bethune Sector, Battle of the Somme &c. Scarce & much of interest on L-of-C work. Orig. green cloth, gilt, lacking ffep, little spotted o/w VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £90
GILLAM (Major John Graham, DSO) Gallipoli Diary. 1st Ed., 328pp., 13 plates. Allen & Unwin. 1918  #55500
[HLMainPic] ASC 29th Division throughout the campaign; a detailed day-to-day diary/commentary of events. Rare 1st Ed., orig. cloth, VG with bookplate & signature of Admiral Sir [Thomas] Hugh Binney (KCB, KCMG, DSO, Gunnery Officer aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth during Dardanelles campaign; Governor of Tasmania, 1945-51, &c.). See illustration on our website.   £125
GILLAM (Major John Graham, DSO) Gallipoli Diary. Reprint, 341pp., frontis., ep maps. VG in dw. Strong Oak Press/TDP. 1989  #56032
[HLMainPic] ASC 29th Division throughout the campaign; a detailed day-to-day diary/commentary of events. This edition with valuable Foreword & Dramatis Personae contributed by Peter T. Scott. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
ITS COMMANDER [Pseud. of CLIFTON-SHELTON (A.)] On the Road from Mons with an Army Service Corps Train. 2nd Ed., xii+164pp., 2 diagrams of supply arrangements, facsimile telegram, fldg. map. Hurst & Blackett. 1917  #59308
[HLMainPic] Personal account by CO of the Supply Train of 19th Infantry Brigade, describing the nature of their work & experiences at Mons & Le Cateau, the Retreat & Battle of the Aisne. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG indeed: a nice example. This copy with two additional, modern, col. photos. of a cpl. & a private or the Royal Wagon Train, 1808 & 1811 respectively. See illustration on our website..   £75
JONES (Lt. [Henry] Paul [Mainwaring]) War Letters of a Public-School Boy. With a Memoir by His Father. 1st Ed., vi+280pp., portrait, 7 plates. Cassell. 1918  #59251
[HLMainPic] Henry Paul Mainwaring Jones was born in 1896, ed. at Dulwich College & Balliol College, Oxford. Poor vision prevented a combatant commission, but he joined the Army Service Corps in April 1915 & served in France from July that year, initially as Requisitioning Officer of the 9th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division: almost one year later he was transferred to the Divisional Supply Column as Supply Officer (this was an unwelcome posting: "I told my colonel I didn't want the job and beseeched him to leave me with my brigade. He was adamant.") Relief came when he was moved again, to command an ammunition working-party on the Somme. After the battle Jones was appointed to another Cavalry Brigade, then in February 1917 he secured a transfer to the Machine Gun Corps Heavy Branch – the Tank Corps – & served with "C" (or 3rd) Battalion at Arras & was killed in action on 31st July 1917 (first day of the Third Battle of Ypres): "when advancing with his tank north-east of Ypres, he was killed by a sniper's bullet." He was incredibly unlucky as, according to Cpl. Jenkins, the second-in-command of his tank, the bullet entered the tank through a port-hole and hit him in the head. He was buried "at a point west of Zonnebeke" but his grave was evidently destroyed in later fighting as he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. Contains detailed biographical notes and some 120pp. observant war letters including fairly unusual account of a supply officer for eighteen months at the front. Orig. green cloth, titled in black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
LELAND (Lt.-Col. F.W., CBE, DSO) With the M.T. in Mesopotamia. 1st Ed., xiv+253pp., 47 illus. Forster Groom. 1920  #55281
[HLMainPic] Full descriptions of the units, vehicles & operations, with roll of awards, lists of units & officers. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
LEVY (Stanley J.) Memories of the 71st & 83rd Companies, R.A.S.C., M.T., 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 176pp., frontis., 20 photos., 25 sketches. Printed for Private Circulation in an Edition of 200 copies by The Abbey Press, Westminster. 1931  #57042
[HLMainPic] Finely produced record of these Mechanical Transport units of the ASC on the Western Front, with much interesting & intimate detail on their work & experiences. Operations include 1st, 2nd & 3rd Ypres; Neuve Chapelle; Loos; Battles of the Somme, &c. Orig. half blue morocco, cloth boards, gilt to front & spine, little rubbed, generally VG indeed. This example, No. 112 of just 200 produced, presented to former comrade W. Fieldhouse. A particularly rare & informative record. See illustration on our website.   £225
SELIGMAN (V.J.) Macedonian Musings. 1st Ed., 188pp. VG in chipped dw. Allen & Unwin. 1918  #59311
[HLMainPic] Impressions of an Army Service Corps officer with 60th Div. Seligman was a young officer who left Charterhouse early in the war. Falls writes: "His book consists of a series of sketches, most of them slight in nature, of conditions during the campaign in Madeconia. One o two of the papers are of a more serious kind, & all give a good notion of the atmosphere of this curious campaign of many nationalities." Orig. wheat cloth, titled in brown, near fine in rather worn but neatly renovated & scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £145

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