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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   627 Books
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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
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
Ypres 1914: An Official Account Published by Order of the German General Staff. Translated by G.C.W[ynne]. 1st Eng. Ed., xxiv+136pp., 7 sketch maps. Constable. 1919  #58512
[HLMainPic] Translation of the German official account of 1st Ypres. Intro. & notes by the Historical Section (Military Branch), Committee of Imperial Defence. Orig. blue cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., E.C., Fourth Memorial Service For Those members of The House of Cook, Son & Co. Who Have Laid Down Their Lives for Their Country. Friday, 15th November, 1918. Memorial service programme inc. roll of 148 employees who had fallen up to 4th Nov. 1918. Attractive survival. See illustration on our website.  #51833
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War Poems by "X" (i.e. T.W.H. Crosland). 1st Ed., viii+96pp. Martin Secker. Oct. 1916.  #56357
[HLMainPic] Dedicated to "The Artists' Rifles... in the First Battalion of which I have many friends." Reilly p.100. Orig. red cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
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
Christian Creswell Carver. 1st Ed., 376pp., real photo. portrait frontis. Birmingham: Printed for Private Circulation by Cornish Bros. 1920  #57557
[HLMainPic] Christian Carver was born in 1897, Ed. Rugby & the RMA Woolwich: he was commissioned in April 1915 & served with D Batt., 84 Bde., 18th Div. Artillery, proceeding to France with the unit at the end of July 1915. On reorganisation in May 1916 his battery was renamed C Batt., 85th Bde., & in Dec. 1916 his entire section was sent to A Batt., 83rd Bde. Lt. Carver was wounded by a shell 23/7/17 near Ypres & Died of Wounds at 10.50 p.m. the same day at 17th CCS, Remy Siding, Lijssenthoek. His grave is in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Contains interesting & touching letters full of domestic detail, notes on life in the trenches (where he was often placed as a FOO) & his work in the Battery. On 1st July 1916 he was Liaison Officer with the 8th East Surreys during their attack on Montauban & was commended for this work. Concludes with extracts from letters of condolence from brother officers. Orig. grey paper covered boads with wheat cloth spine with paper label. VG & rare, inscribed "To May Green from Annie J.H. Carver, January 1931." See illustration on our website.   £245

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