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178 Siege Battery R.G.A., B.E.F. France 1916-1918. 1st Ed., viii+127pp., 4 plates. Chorley & Pickersgill Ltd., Printers, Leeds. 1919  #59674
[HLMainPic] 6-inch Howitzer battery formed 1916: to France in October & immediately in action on the Arras front, inc. supporting a raid at Blangy in Jan. 1917, Battle of Arras inc. supporting attacks on Monchy-le-Preux &c., later at 3rd Ypres, Cambrai, Spring Offensive &c. Nominal roll of original Battery, another at demobilization, Roll of Hon. (inc. wounded & gassed), awards. Useful account with much interesting detail on the work of the battery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
2nd Lieut. Charles Douglas Lucas Hill, 9th (S) Bn. Royal Sussex Regt., formerly 28th London Regt. (Artists' Rifles): Killed in Action 14th February 1916. Hard covered "Partridge & Cooper's" pocket diary during service in France with the 9th Sussex from 31/10/15 to 31/12/1915, 157x100mm, with short but interesting daily entries (see extracts below). 2/Lt. Hill was Killed in Action 14/2/1916 when he & his entire platoon were buried alive by the explosion of a German mine. He is buried in Menin Road South Cemetery, near Ypres.  #58346
[HLMainPic] Hill landed in France on 31/10/15 & joined 9th Sussex the following day (the battalion had arrived in France just two months before, on 1/9/15). He was posted to command No. 15 Platoon, "D" Coy. (Lt. Robertson) & spent the winter in the trenches of the Ypres Salient apart from a one week bombing course (14-20/11/15) & machine gun course (20-25/12/15). Experiences in & out of the line typical of the period. Some extracts: 1/11/15: "Left Hazebrouck for Poperinghe but break journey at Godeswaersvelde & from there proceeded by motor bus to Reninghelst to find Regt. up in trenches. Report to Adjutant but sent back to spend the night at Dickebusche"; 6/11/15: "Start away at 2.45 pm for the trenches. Arrive at trenches about 7.30 pm. We relieve the R. West Kents"; 7/11/15: "Spend quiet day in trenches. Not much doing. Trenches in very bad state & need a great deal of attention. Slept with Shaw in his dugout, but very uncomfortable"; 11/11/15: "Try & improve my portion of trench. Get some of superfluous water away. Bosche sends a few whizz bangs over. A very wet night, & turn in wet. Dugout starts to leak"; 16/12/15: "Orderly dog. Inspect & mount guards at nine, billets & turn out guard at 12. Complaints round at 12.45. Staff parade 9. Turned out guard at 10.30. Lecture on trench tactics given by Major"; 17/12/15: "Parade at 9.00. Give lecture on trench orders. Practice gas helmet drill. Bomb competition in afternoon. 13 & 14 [platoons] win first round. Raining"; 18/12/15: "Parade at 9.30. Finish bomb throwing competition. 13 defeat 14 very close finish. Soccer match between B & D, B win by 3-0. Knight & Matthews come over & stop for tea." Useful but brief diary, mentioning a dozen or so other officers of the battalion, together with photocopies of Hill's personal file & WD extracts. See illustrations on our website.   £275
332 Siege Battery R.G.A. An Account of its Adventures in the Great War, 1917-18. Compiled from Notes & Recollections of Officers of the Battery. 1st Ed., ix+134pp., 22 photos., 5 fldg. maps. Windsor: Oxley & Son, Printers. nd  #59946
[HLMainPic] 6-In. How. Battery formed Jan. 1917: F&F from May starting in Ploegsteert Sector then 3rd Ypres, down to Bertrancourt for March Retreat & Final Advance from Mericourt to Bois l'Evecque. Detailed history. Roll of officers & WOs (with brief services), Roll of Hon. Orig. dec. blue cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
A Memoir of Tom Edgar Grantley Norton, Second Lieutenant, 1st Batt. East Surrey Regiment, Who fell mortally wounded on Hill 60 near Ypres, Tuesday, April 20th, 1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates, sketch map. Privately printed, nd (c.1916).  #58150
[HLMainPic] TEGN was a trainee architect, ed. at Uppingham & Magdalen College, Oxford. He was commissioned in 1914 & went to France in Jan. 1915. Includes extracts from letters during his brief front line service, also details of the action in which he lost his life, together with a sketch map of the trenches at Hill 60, contributed by a brother officer. These are followed by several obituaries & a selection of his articles on architecture & other matters written for various journals. Plates include the memorial to him erected in Eglwysbach Church, Denbighshire: "...killed near Ypres... while gallantly holding the crest of Hill 60 against the Germans and was buried on the field of battle." He lies in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
Harrow Memorials of the Great War. Vol. II. c.210pp., 4to, portraits throughout. Medici. 1919  #59064
[HLMainPic] Obituaries & full page tipped-in sepia portraits of the 100 Harrovians who fell between March 31st, 1915 & September 11th, 1915. Orig. paper covd. boards, wheat cloth backstrip., paper labels to front & spine. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £35
History of the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles. 1st Ed., xvi+489pp., col. frontis., 26 photos., 14 maps. Printed for the Regt. 1921  #53057
Detailed history: 1st Bn. Western Front 1915-18; 2nd Bn. F&F briefly then Palestine & back to France in 1918. Nominal roll, awards &c. VG ex-IWM lib.   £25
James Colin MacLehose 2nd Lieut., Rifle Brigade 1897-1917. 1st Ed., 39pp., 5 portraits, 2 other plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation at the University Press. 1918  #57831
[HLMainPic] MacLehose was elder son of J.C. Maclehose, publisher to Glasgow University, & his wife Mary. Ed. at Rugby 1911-16; from school he went to the 4th Cadet Bn. at Oxford, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in November & joined 16th (S) Bn. in France in Jan. 1917. He was KiA in a night raid east of Ypres on 14th Feb. - rather less than six weeks after arriving - his last words as he was wounded being "Carry on, men, carry on." He was leading a raiding party and had not even reached the German wire when mortally wounded. The raid failed, the wire being uncut by the artillery preparation. Brown cloth with leather sp. label, another version seen, bound in brown paper covd. boards with gilt title to sp. VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Northamptonshire Regiment 1914-1918. 1st Ed., [ix]+366pp., end-pocket map. Aldershot: G&P. nd (c.1925).  #59542
[HLMainPic] Mostly Western Front from Mons onwards, also Gallipoli & Palestine. Roll of awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, eps renewed o/w VG & sound throughout. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £165
The Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1918. 1st Ed., vi+352pp., 2 fldg. maps. For the RB. 1919  #59858
[HLMainPic] This edition includes war diaries of all regular & service bns. for the year 1915, various useful rolls of officers, awards, several good letters from the front, officers' obituaries &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45

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