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Lancaster Regiment   11 Books
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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  #61853
[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, with lengthy presentation inscrip. from his mother to front paste-down: "This short memoir of her only Son, is presented to Mrs Salmon by his very proud, but life-sorrow stricken Mother Editha Blanche Hinde Bigland of Bigland - He lived nobly, he died nobly, he went to his death, a Gentleman, Unafraid..." See illustrations on our website.   £175
HARRIS (John) Covenant with Death. 1st Ed., 448pp. VG in sl. chipped dw. Hutchinson. 1961  #63210
[HLMainPic] Fine novel of the raising, training & services of the Sheffield City Bn. (12th York & Lancs), until its destruction at Serre on the Somme, 1/7/1916. The author worked on a Sheffield newspaper in the 1930s & knew some of the remaining 'originals' of the City Battalion, enabling him to write this evocative account of the two years it took to raised & train them and the ten minutes it took for the battalion to be destroyed. VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
HODGKINSON (Capt. A.) The King's Own T.F. Being a Record of the 1/5th Bn. The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) in the European war 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 184pp., portrait, 13 maps. Lewes: Lewes Press. 1921  #63925
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Feb. 1915 to the Armistice then Brussels & Germany to Sept. 1919. 2nd & 3rd Ypres, Loos, Cambrai &c. Roll of Hon., awards, officers &c. Fine depiction of a TF bn.'s war experience compiled by the Quartermaster. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG, plus loosely inserted appealing colour printed statement of services. See illustrations on our website.   £50
PRIESTMAN (E.Y.) With a B-P Scout in Gallipoli: A Record of the Belton Bulldogs. 1st Ed., xv+311pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates, num. sketches. Routledge. 1916  #58708
[HLMainPic] Memoir, letters and sketches of Lt. Edmund Yerbury Priestman (born 1890), Scoutmaster of the 16th (Westbourne) Sheffield Boy Scouts. He was commissioned October 1914 in the 6th (S) Bn. York & Lancaster Regiment, trained at Belton Park & Godalming then went to Gallipoli with the battalion: landed Suvla Bay in August 1915 & was KiA on 19th Nov. when, whilst engaged in improving a front line position at night, his party was rushed & wiped out by the Turks. The next night the position was recaptured and Priestman's body was recovered. The recaptured position was renamed Priestman's Post in honour of his gallant defence. He was buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
PRIESTMAN (E.Y.) With a B-P Scout in Gallipoli: A Record of the Belton Bulldogs. 2nd Ed., xv+311pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates, num. sketches. London: Routledge & NY: Dutton. 1917  #64122
[HLMainPic] Memoir, letters and sketches of Lt. Edmund Yerbury Priestman (born 1890), Scoutmaster of the 16th (Westbourne) Sheffield Boy Scouts. He was commissioned October 1914 in the 6th (S) Bn. York & Lancaster Regiment, trained at Belton Park & Godalming then went to Gallipoli with the battalion: landed Suvla Bay in August 1915 & was KiA on 19th Nov. when, whilst engaged in improving a front line position at night, his party was rushed & wiped out by the Turks. The next night the position was recaptured and Priestman's body was recovered. The recaptured position was renamed Priestman's Post in honour of his gallant defence. He was buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli. Second edition jointly imprinted on tp for Routledge & Dutton: this copy with Dutton named at foot of sp. & on jacket. Rare dw, with publishers' endorsement: "...the book is full of the cheeriest kind of fun; the irrepressible outburst of a youth who is blessed with the ability always to see the grotesque side of life. The book will teach you to respect Tommy Atkins as a man aside from his ability as a soldier." Orig. brown cloth, titled in black, near fine in neatly renovated & VG dw. See illustration on our website.   £245
ROBERTS (Eric S.) Passing Along. 2nd Ed., enlarged & corrected, xi+167pp., 8 plates. VG in dw (head of sp. repaired with loss). Sheffield: J.W. Northend Ltd. 1930  #63022
[HLMainPic] Memoirs of the Western Front. The author was Ed. Harrow, enlisted Sheffield City Bn. 1914, comm. 2/4th Hallamshires 1915 but found unfit in 1916 & became a recruiting officer in Doncaster, finally left to join the Hallamshires at the Front in August, served at Arras, Gavrelle &c. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, VG in worn dw (head of sp. with loss but neatly repaired). The short Foreword to this second edition states: "The first edition of this little book of memories was printed by my father's desire, & was for private circulation. It was so kindly received by my friends that I am now venturing to publish it, & in so doing I have added a chapter on my parents & made a few necessary alterations." Rare in any edition, especially in dw (illustrated with a portrait of the author in sheepskin jacket & Tommy's helmet). See illustrations on our website.   £165
ROBERTS (Eric S.) Passing Along. 1st Ed., [xi]+168pp., frontis., 6 plates. Sheffield: J.W. Northend Ltd. 1925  #63936
[HLMainPic] Ed. Harrow, enlisted Sheffield City Bn. 1914, comm. 2/4th Hallamshires 1915 but found unfit in 1916 & became a recruiting officer in Doncaster, finally left to join the Hallamshires at the Front in August, served at Arras, Gavrelle &c. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £85
SPARLING (R.A.) History of the 12th Service Bn. York & Lancaster Regiment. 1st Ed., xv+149pp., 17 plates, fldg. map. Sheffield: Printed by J.W. Northend Ltd. 1920  #59535
[HLMainPic] The Sheffield City Bn., devastated at Serre, 1/7/16. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. cloth, faded (as usual) but generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
WADHAM (Lt.-Col. W.F.A.) The Fourth Bn. The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) & the Great War: Early Days. 1st Ed., card covs., 23pp. No imprint. 1920  #58333
[HLMainPic] Notes on the training & preparation period in the UK 1914-15 & first few months in France, by the then CO. Roll of officers on mobilization in 1914 & who proceeded overseas in May 1915. Orig. card wraps., staples rusted o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
WADHAM (Lt.-Col. W.F.A.) & CROSSLEY (Capt. J.) The Fourth Bn. The King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) & the Great War. 1st Ed., 136+xxiiipp. No imprint.  #58128
[HLMainPic] Western Front 1915-18: Festubert, Arras, 3rd Ypres &c. Roll of Hon., awards, officers. Orig. cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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