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Letters from Mesopotamia in 1915 & January 1916 from Robert Palmer, who was Killed in the Battle of Um El Hannah, June 21, 1916, Aged 27 Years. 134pp., several sketches. Printed for Private Circulation. nd 1916  #60367
[HLMainPic] Robert Stafford Palmer was the son of the 2nd Earl of Selborne, K.G., G.C.M.G., P.C., and the Countess of Selborne, of Blackmoor, Liss, Hants. He was Ed. at Winchester and University College, Oxford (President of the Union), travelled in India and worked in the East End boys clubs. Commissioned in the 6th (Territorial) Battalion Hampshire Regiment, he accompanied the battalion to India in 1914 and was attached to the 1st/4th Battalion in Mespotamia in August 1915. He was severely wounded in a charge at the Battle of Umm-Al-Hannah on 21st January 1917, picked up by the Turks & tended in their hospital but died the same day. He was twenty-seven and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. This memorial contains detailed letters throughout the time he was at the front, several with sketches of trenches at Amarah. Letters of condolence & notes concerning the battle in which he died also included. Orig. blue cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £225
London District Orders August 1914-March 1920 [For Official Use Only]. A complete run for the Great War from 4th August 1914 to 31st March 1920 (with the exception of Sept. 1915 & July-Dec. 1918, which are missing): 25 bound volumes, 4to, approximately 7,500pp. in all, + separate bound, typed Index for the period Aug. 1914-Dec. 1915.  #58370
[HLMainPic] A very rare run of the official organ of the London District [Command] in which appeared all changes in rules & regulations pertaining to matters within the District; also all movements & postings of officers in the District (including courses of instruction attended, &c.); changes in establishment, &c. The Orders also reproduce all the London Gazette notices re appointments & promotions in London regiments (TF) & other regiments based within the District (i.e., all regiments of the Brigade of Guards & supporting gunners, medical officers, engineers &c.). Citations for all awards with a District connection also reproduced. Examples of the multifarious subject matter include Waste Tea leaves (collection of, wet or dray & payment for same); Courts Martial; Railway Passes; List of names of officers taken on strength of the District; Courses of Instruction & Training in Machine Guns; Anti-Gas; Medical Boards; Canteens &c. Printed by Harrison & Sons (400 copies in 1914 rising to 900) & published three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Each numbered & dated & varying in length from one or two pages to around 20pp. Contemp. red, black, or maroon cloth, gilt, generally VG & a magnificent source on the London Regiment &c. See illustrations on our website.   £600
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #51759
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
A Subaltern's Share in the War: Home Letters of the late George Weston Devenish, Lieut. R.A., Attached R.F.C. Intro. & Notes by Mrs. Horace Porter. 1st Ed., xviii+178pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates. Constable. 1917  #60338
[HLMainPic] Regular officer RFA (commissioned 1913 after Charterhouse & Woolwich), letters & diary from France Aug.-30 Oct. 1914. He joined 6th Bty., 40th Bde. RFA on the Aisne & was wounded near his OP at Fauquissart, on the Indian Corps front, 28.10.14; in France again June 1915-Apr. 1916 (around 'Plugstreet' &c.) when trans. to RFC as Artillery Observer for four months in France, then pilot training & KiA flying as a pilot in 35 Squadron: shot down in flames, on 6th June 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras (Flying Services) Memorial.. Contains lengthy extracts from entertaining & informative letters describing his active service experiences in Flanders & later over the Western Front. Orig. paper covd. boards, sp. sl. rubbed, sl chipped but comparatively VG (more often found very chipped/torn due to the nature of this binding). See illustration on our website.   £225
Essays, Poems, Letters by Bernard Pitt, M.A. (Assistant Master Cooper's Company's School), Lieut., Border Regiment, Attached Trench Mortar Battery, Killed in Action, April 30th, 1916. 1st Ed., ix+202pp., 217x144mm, portrait frontis. Francis Edwards. 1917  #60360
[HLMainPic] Bernard Pitt was born in 1881 and was an assistant master at the Cooper's Company's School. He was Killed in Action by the explosion of a German mine between Souchez and Givenchy at 7 p.m. on 30th April 1916. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was thirty-four. Includes 50pp. interesting and atmospheric letters from France & Flanders between December 1915 and April 1916, serving with 47th Trench Mortar Battery, notable for rare account of trench mortar work in the front line (Pitt describes the phenomenon, known well to infantrymen, of mortar men turning up in their trench, loosing off a few rounds then clearing out before the inevitable retaliation). The letters are followed by poems (including one war poem) and various prose pieces on the nature of poetry, comedy, and so forth. Superb superior copy, bound in full green morocco, gilt to sp. with raised bans, sp. just a little tanned o/w VG throughout. See illustration on our website.   £225
The Gallipoli Campaign: An Outline of the Military Operations. By A Student. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 87pp., 4 maps. Sifton, Praed & Co. 1923  #57320
[HLMainPic] Lucid concise account of the operations designed for use by officers studying for promotion exams &c. Sp. sl. chipped, near VG. Uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £25
A Wreath of Memories. 1st Ed., v+107pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates. Humphreys. 1917  #60366
[HLMainPic] Hon. George Joachim Goschen was born in 1893, son of George Joachim, 2nd Viscount Goschen, & Evelyn, his wife, of Seacox Heath, Hawkhurst, Kent. Ed. at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. In September 1914 he was commissioned in the 1/5th Bn. East Kent Regiment (Territorial Force) & sailed with the regiment for India soon after. At the end of 1915 it was transferred to the Mesopotamia, proceeding up the Tigris, and on 7th Jan. 1916 Lieutenant Goschen was wounded during the Battle of Sheikh Saad, Died of Wounds on the 19th inst. & buried in Amara War Cemetery. He was twenty-two and was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches. Includes biographical notes, wartime letters from India and the journey from Bombay to Mesopotamia, a few from the Tigris front followed by letters of condolence from officers and men of his regiment &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with family inscription. See illustration on our website.   £225

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