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1st Bn. The Prince Albert's Somerset Light Infantry. The Sergeants' Mess Rules. Rawal Pindi January 1900. Orig. printed cloth covd. wraps., 25pp. (& blank interleaves). Eureka Printing Press, Rawal Pindi. Contemp.  #63705
[HLMainPic] Details of messing arrangements, accounts, &c. Small pocketbook, orig. green printed cloth covd. wraps., gilt, VG & doubtless scarce survival. See illustration on our website.   £25
56th Infantry Brigade (19th Division): Presentation of King's Colour to 9th (S) Bn. The Cheshire Regt., 8th (S) Bn. The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire) Regiment by HRH The Prince of Wales. Dec. card wraps., 16pp. Aldershot: G&P. nd (c.1919).  #61834
[HLMainPic] Attractive souvenir of the presentation includes short history of the brigade's service in France, also that of each bn. & rolls of officers & WOs on 11/11/18 of the 9th Cheshires, 1/4th KSLI & 8th North Staffs. See illustration on our website.   £25
Extracts from the Standing Orders of The Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry). [v]+55pp. Devonport: Swiss & Co. nd (c.1908).  #63706
[HLMainPic] Customary regimental routines, regulations &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
Incidents with the Seventh Battalion The Somerset Light Infantry in France & Germany from June 1944 to June 1945. 1st Ed., 74pp. No imprint/date [Germany, c.1946].  #61045
[HLMainPic] Anonymous account (by "B" Coy. commander) which conveys well the confusion in Normandy & the bleak outlook. With the arrival of an effective CO the bn's. confidence returned but days later he was killed. A third CO was killed within a few more days then the author was wounded at Mont Pincon & evacuated to the UK. Rejoined in 1945 in time for the Rhine crossing & final operations. Contemp. red cloth, blind, no publication details but evidently manufactured in Germany c.1945-46. Stain to front o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
Keeling Letters & Recollections. Edited by E.T. [Mrs E. Townshend], with an Introduction by H.G. Wells. xvi+329pp., 3 portraits. (one as Serjeant-Major, D.C.L.I.). Allen & Unwin. 1918  #62853
[HLMainPic] Frederic (but known variously as "Frank", "Fred" or "Ben") Hillersdon Keeling was born in 1886, Ed. at Winchester & Trinity College, Cambridge, travelled in Europe & was reading for the Bar when war came in 1914. He enlisted in the 6th (S) Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 14th (Light) Division, served in France from May 1915, disdained to accept a commission because of socialist principals, was awarded the Military Medal & became a Company Serjeant Major. He was KiA on the Somme on 18th August 1916 & is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. H.G. Wells wrote that "Ben" Keeling, "was a copious, egotistical, rebellious, disorderly, generous, and sympathetic young man. His egotism is the prime cause of this book; he wrote abundant letters, and they were often about himself..." Contains around 100pp. letters written in training with the New Army (August 1914-April 1915) & at the front (May 1915-August 1916). Concludes with letters of condolence from his CO & another officer. Orig. blue cloth with paper label to spine, label chopped, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Scrap Book of the 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (13th Foot) being a chronicle of their experiences in the Great War, 1914-1918, contributed by officers & other ranks... [And:] Cambrai... A Supplement to the Scrap Book of the 7th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. With a Foreword by Col. C.J. Troyte-Bullock, DSO. 1st Ed., 156pp., plate, 2 maps. Aylesbury: Fredk. Samuels Ltd., The Kingsbury Press. 1932  #60123
[HLMainPic] 61st Bde., 20th (Light) Div., Western Front 1915-18: Somme (notably capture of Guillemont), 3rd Ypres (inc. capture of Langemarck, Eagle Trench), Cambrai &c. A fine collaborative effort organised by Capt. H.A. Foley, MC, who served with the bn. 1915-18 (PoW, March 1918) & whose brother was killed with it in May 1917. Orig. blue cloth gilt, VG & very rare, inscribed by "E.F. Eberle, late Lieut: Somerset Light Infantry. December 1932" - who served in the battalion & is mentioned within - plus signatures of 14 former comrades in H.A. Foley, A.A. Andrews & others, some of whom were contributors to the book. See illustration on our website.   £225
The History of the Corps of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Vol. 4: The Shropshire Militia & Volunteers. 1st Ed., xii+479pp., foolscap. dup. typescript, num. illus. No imprint/date.  #60190
[HLMainPic] One of series of substantial histories produced by the regimental museum in the 1970s. Orig. green paper wraps., printed title to front & in ink tp sp., VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
The Light Bob Gazette: Regimental Journal of The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) Vol. XXXVIII, No.3: The Royal Silver Jubilee & 250th Anniversary Number, July 1st, 1935. Orig. dec. wraps., 80pp., 4to, several col. plates, num. photos. Taunton: Goodman & Son. (for the SLI). Contemp.  #62557
[HLMainPic] This special number includes numerous historical notes & a wide range of photos. of uniforms & campaigns (inc. WW1, with portraits of wartime battalion commanders) &c. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25
The Outpost: Magazine of the 17th Service (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce) Battalion Highland Light Infantry. Five Vols., I-V, six numbers to each Vol., i.e. 30 issues altogether,each issue c.40pp. (i.e. some 1200pp.in all), num. portraits, many photos., sketches & cartoons. [Together with Vol. VII & two original issues from Vol. VI] Glasgow: Clark. Contemp.  #60252
[HLMainPic] Excellent, very attractive & uncommon bound original issues of a fine & surprisingly enduring service battalion magazine containing much regimental news & material redolent of their service on the Western Front, photos. & details of many of their casualties, details & portraits of those awarded decorations, num. amusing articles & cartoons, photos. of locations visited on active service, articles on active service experience, &c. Publication commenced at Troon early in 1915, continued at other training camps in the UK then On Active Service in France & Flanders from the end of the year & on thoughout the war. Printed for the battalion throughout its existence by David J. Clark, Glasgow with different & very appealing cover design for each volume. The orig. wraps. are not bound-in in this set of the first five volumes (of seven in all), but the volumes here offered are magnificently bound in full red morocco, gilt spines with raised bands, being a run from No. 1, February 1915-October 1917 in quite superb state throughout, evidently personally bound for a senior officer or dignitary, & housed together in a fitted cloth case, with interior to match the marbled end-papers of the volumes. The exterior of the box is stained, however the volumes are all fine & this outstanding set is offered together with a clothbound copy of Volume VII (the final volume) & two original paper-bound issues from Vol. VI. See illustrations on our website.   £450
The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion) Record of War Service 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 136pp., 30 plates, map. Glasgow: Clark. 1920  #61444
[HLMainPic] A 'Pals' battalion; F&F 1915-18 (Somme 1/7/16 at Mouquet Farm where Sgt. Turnbull won a VC; Beaumont Hamel; Messines; Passchendaele &c.). Nominal roll, awards. Orig. grey & red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45

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