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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   803 Books
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Victor Gordon Tupper, A Brother's Tribute. By R.H.T. 1st Ed., [vii]+66pp., 199x138mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates. Printed For Private Circulation Only at the Oxford Univ. Press. 1921  #58623
[HLMainPic] Gordon Tupper was born in Ottawa in 1896 but moved to British Columbia where he was Ed. at University School, Victoria, & Highfield, Hamilton: He was the youngest son of the Hon. Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, KCMG, and Lady Tupper, of Vancouver. "In the summer of 1914 he sat for the entrance examination into the Royal Military College at Kingston" but the result of this is not related and with the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, a draft from which helped form the 16th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Canadian Scottish. He was promoted to corporal and was in action at Festubert and Ploegsteert Wood in 1915, then to the Cadet School at St Omer, obtaining a commission in his own regiment in September. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1916 and was Killed in Action commanding No. 3 Coy. on 9th April 1917 during the Battle of Arras, aged 21. He is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St Eloi. Contains numerous extracts from his letters from the Front. Orig. blue cloth, paper spine label, VG with presentation inscrip. from Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper, the subject's father, to Lt.-Col. J. Kenton Mackay. See illustration on our website.   £145
H.M.S. Spenser: With the Harwich Force in the War, 1917-1918. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 32pp., 31 photos. Printed for Private Circulation by the Criterion Press, Leicester. nd (c.1919).  #57584
[HLMainPic] Completed at Thorneycroft's yard at Woolston, 1st Dec. 1917, proceeded on sea trials then Tenth Destroyer Flotilla of the Harwich Force & on continuous operations throughout 1918. Includes roll of ship's complement by branches as at 1st Dec. 1918. Interesting letterpress description of the ship's services with equally interesting photos.. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
Field Notes on the Belgian, French & German Armies. Prepared by the General Staff, War Office. 1914. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 68pp. Printed by Harrison & Sons for the War Office. August 1914  #51762
[HLMainPic] Guide to the organisation of formations, war establishments, uniforms, notes on marches, outposts & billets, &c. Very nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
The German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Wipers Times: A Complete Facsimile of the Famous World War One Trench Newspaper. Incorporating the New Church Times, The Kemmel Times, The Somme Times, The B.E.F. Times, the Better Times. Foreword by Henry Williamson. Reprint, xx+377pp., 4to, ep maps. VG in dw. Davies. 1973  #55597
[HLMainPic] This edition with intro., notes & glossary contributed by Patrick Beaver. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
Canada in Khaki: A Tribute to the Officers & Men now serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Vol. 3. Orig. dec. wraps., xlvi+154pp., 4to, numerous photos., sketches & cartoons (some col.). Canadian War Records Office. 1919  #57239
[HLMainPic] Appealing compilation of recollections, stories, humorous pieces & verse from the CEF, with good sketches. Numerous interesting & informative articles. Final number, chipped & sl. torn covers. See illustration on our website.   £35
Roland Philipps, Boy Scout. 2nd Ed., revised & enlarged, 75pp., 220x140mm, portrait frontis., 13 other photos. inc. further portraits, his grave with the original wooden cross and later headstone. Roland House, Stepney. 1933  #59570
[HLMainPic] The Hon. Roland Erasmus Philipps, son of the 1st Viscount St. Davids (and brother of Colwyn Erasmus Philipps), was born in 1890, Ed. at Winchester & New College, Oxford. He took a very great interest in the Boy Scout movement, becoming Commissioner for East and North East London. He was gazetted to the 9th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in 1914, was wounded & awarded the MC in the spring of 1916 and KiA at Ovillers on 7th July 1916. He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. An account of his life and interests with several extracts from letters from the front, also a 'brief historical sketch of development to 1933' of Roland House in Stepney, a Georgian property that Phillips bought in 1914 and bequeathed to the Scouts. Green cloth, gilt to spine and front. VG. See illustration on our website.   £85
The Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. Pearson. (c.1938).  #57527
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Letters of Major Henry Bentinck, Coldstream Guards. 1st Ed., vi+138pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. Robert Scott. 1919  #58554
[HLMainPic] Henry Duncan Bentinck was ed. at Harrow & Trinity College, Cambridge. Commissioned Coldstream Guards in 1903, served in Egypt/Sudan 1903-1911 & 1913-1915 (with XII Sudanese). He joined the 2nd Coldstream in France in April 1915 & Died of Wounds on 2/10/1916, of wounds received on the Somme. Contains a memoir & his letters including those from France April 1915-Sept. 1916. Of interest for life in trenches, Guards characters, &c. Orig. red cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95

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