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126 Heavy Battery, R.G.A., 1915-1919. 1st Ed., 83pp., 2 portraits. No imprint/date (Printed by W.P. Griffith & Sons., London EC4, c.1919).  #63045
[HLMainPic] Largely based on unit War Diary, maintained by Sgt. G.H. Porter until he was KiA at Queant, 12/9/18 (his portrait appears as frontispiece). Also includes rolls of officers, Roll of Hon. (with details of where killed), statistics of Rounds Fired, awards roll, citations for DCM, MM & MSM awards. Unit was formed at Camberwell in May 1915 & served on the Somme 1916, Lens Front in 1917, Ypres & Final Advance. Orig. red cloth, gilt, small but useful & rare history. See illustration on our website.   £75
14th Heavy Battery R.G.A. War Diary, List of Honours & Awards to Officers, N.C.O.'s & Men Whilst Serving with the Battery, List of Officers who have Served with the Battery & Battery Roll of Honour. 1st Ed., 108pp., 7 photos., fldg. map (showing positions & dates where the Battery was in action, 1915-1918). Robert Scott. 1919  #58852
[HLMainPic] Contains Battery history, War Diary & various rolls as stated in the title. Roll of casualties includes the wounded, inc. place & nature of wounds; roll of awards includes citations inc. MMs; officers' service roll includes dates of service with unit & other details. Served at the Somme 1916, Arras 1917 &c. Orig. paper covd. boards with title & coloured cloth onlay to front (formation sign), nice copy & scarce, with comp. slip from the OC & Officers loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £75
A History of the 10th (Service) Bn. The East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xix+204pp., 40 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket + 4 in text. Hull: Brown. 1937  #57130
[HLMainPic] France March 1916 after brief service in Egypt, involved in preparation for the attack at Serre 1/7/16 but were not called upon as the preceding waves failed so completely. Arras & Vimy Ridge 1917, German Spring Offensive, Final Advance &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
A History of the Seventy-First Siege Battery South African Artillery: From June, 1915, the date of its formation at Cape Town, to the 11th November, 1918, when "Cease Fire!" sounded at Lesdain, on the Escault Canal, near Tournai, Belgium. 1st Ed., 55pp., 4to, frontis. with 4 portraits of Battery Commanders, 9 other photos. No imprint, Printed by J. Miles & Co. Ltd. London. nd (c.1919).  #63105
[HLMainPic] After final training in England the Battery served in France from April 1916 & operated on the Somme (apart from a short visit to Ypres to support a Canadian counter-attack at Hooge in June) throughout that summer; Bullecourt, 3rd Ypres & Cambrai 1917; March Retreat & La Bassee sector 1918. Battery roll of all ranks (noting original members), details of officers services & awards. "Although it was during that period an element of the British Army, the Batt. kept its South African identity & the men continued to wear South African gunner cap badges. This booklet [sic] chronicles in commendable detail its activities from April 1916 onwards in the major actions of the following two years..." - Perkins. Orig. full green morocco, sp. chipped with loss o/w VG, rare & appealing history, presumably printed for the author or a regimental committee soon after the Battery returned from France as the Foreword notes that "the weary weeks of waiting for demobilisation" had provided time to compile the history. See illustration on our website.   £145
A Short Diary of the 11th Service Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. 1914-1919. Compiled by "Some of Them." 1st Ed., [vii]+105pp., col. frontis. (Bn. patch), 48 photos. Hull: Goddard, Walker & Brown Ltd. 1921  #61214
[HLMainPic] Appealing history of 2nd Hull Pals inc. training in UK, Egypt 1915-16 then Western Front from March 1916 inc. Somme, Arras, Vimy, Gavrelle, Lys &c. Rolls of awards, officers & senior NCOs. Many interesting privately taken snapshots inc. views inside dugouts &c. on Somme & elsewhere. Orig. red cloth, cloth dampstained & titling neatly re-inked, o/w VG & very rare. See illustration on our website.   £220
A War Record of the 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 277pp., frontis. Privately published. 1927  #60893
[HLMainPic] France & Flanders from March 1915 with 47th (London) Div. inc. Loos, Vimy Ridge, Somme, Ypres, Bourlon Wood & 1918 battles. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. green cloth, titled in silver gilt with regimental crest & red bands to front, VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
Battery Record. "D" Battery 1915-1916-1917. [A Short Diary of "D" Battery 242nd (Army) Bde. R.F.A.] Unpublished typescript history. [x]+75pp. No imprint/date but. c.1920 with small label at rear of Cambridge Univ. Typewriting Office.  #63172
[HLMainPic] New Army Battery raised at Tidworth in April 1915 & proceeded to France at the end of July & operated on the Somme front (with 48th Div.) throughout 1916 & the spring of 1917 when they supported the Canadian attack at Vimy Ridge, then in the Salient for Messines, after the second day of which battle this account closes (the writer presumably being a casualty of that event.) An informative day-to-day record including notes of officers & men who were casualties. Includes rolls of officers & sergeants who served with the Battery, roll of awards & Roll of Honour. Original typescript of unpublished history retained by cord in khaki cloth binding, VG & unique. See illustrations on our website.   £375
Dan: A Memorial. 1st Ed., 283pp., 202x150mm, portrait frontis., 21 photos. & sketches. Printed for Private Circulation by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh. 1918  #62405
[HLMainPic] Daniel Edward Bradby, born at Rugby in 1896, the son of a Rugby School housemaster (H.C. Bradby, compiler of the volume) & educated there, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in 1914 & joined the 9th (S) Bn. in France in Dec. 1915; became O.C. "B" Coy. in September 1916 (after the Battle of Flers-Courcelette) & wasKiA near the Harp Redoubt during the Battle of Arras on 9th May 1917. He was twenty years old & is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery. Contains around 175pp. letters from the front, also lengthy extracts from various letters of condolence etc. Interestingly contains a (fairly indistinct) photograph of Bradby and another officer near the Harp Redoubt taken on the day of his death. In his final letter to his Mother, written on 8th April 1917 and left with a colleague ("I am giving this letter to some one or other who is staying behind to post if I get knocked out, so I hope you will never read it!") he wrote: "If I am killed you will at any rate know that I died trying to do my duty, and thinking always of you at home who I love so dearly." Orig. grey paper covered boards with wheat cloth backstrip & paper sp. label, little rubbed, generally VG with presentation inscrip. from his parents: "W.D.C. from H.C.B. & V.A.B. Easter 1918." Rare. See illustration on our website.   £250
France Sheet 57cSW Ed. 4A 1:20,000. German trech systems around Le Sars, Butte de Warlencourt, Martinpuich & some of their reserve lines at Le Transloy &c. Trenches corrected to 7/10/1916. VG See illustrations on our website.  #59109
[HLMainPic]   £90
France. Sheet 36B Edition 6. 1:40,000. Linen-backed fldg. British Army GSGS road map dated 1917. St. Pol. eastwards to Bully-Grenay & north to Bethune &c. VG. See illustration on our website.  #61454
[HLMainPic]   £20

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