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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   726 Books
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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
Friends of France. The Field Service of the American Ambulance Described by its Members. 1st Ed., xix+298pp. frontis., approx. 30 photos. Smith, Elder & Co. 1916  #59903
[HLMainPic] The organisation & work of the Ambulance in France & Flanders 1914-15, together with portaits & service details of various members of the unit. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The ANZAC Book: Written & Illustrated in Gallipoli by men of ANZAC. 1st Ed., xv+169pp., 4to, 11 col. & 2 b/w plates., illus. throughout. VG in dw. Cassell. 1916  #61084
[HLMainPic] Collection of stories, rhymes, recollections of Gallipoli &c., sold for the benefit of patriotic funds connected with ANZAC. Attractive work, very nice copy in sl. chipped (but scarce) dw with oval cut-out to front revealing the heroic wounded yet still fighting Aussie from the coloured illustration on the front cover. See illustration on our website.   £120
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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From Dug-out & Billet: An Officer's Letters to His Mother. 1st Ed., [iii]+190pp. Hurst & Blackett. 1916  #59928
[HLMainPic] Anonymous letters (signed "Chota") supposedly of a regular major, product of Wellington & Sandhurst, whose death is reported in a WO telegram, there also being condolence letters from his colonel & servant, but quite possibly a work of fiction. Atmosppheric of the period & rather scarce. Orig. grey cloth, gilt, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
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
The History of the Old 2/4th (City of London) Bn. The London Regiment Royal Fusiliers. 1st Ed., 190pp., c.40 photos., 3 fldg. maps. Westminster Press. 1919  #61125
[HLMainPic] Good account of Gallipoli with fldg. trench map (Southern Zone) & series of privately taken photos. (landed at Helles 15 Oct. & attached to 1st Bde., RND, until the evacuation), later Egypt & disbanded in France June 1916. Records of service of all ranks. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt, VG with presentation inscrip. from the CO: "Yours very sincerely Vickers Dunfee 7.2.22." See illustration on our website.   £45
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
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

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