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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   781 Books
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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
The Proceedings of The Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Official Texts. Prepared in the Division of International Law of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Under the Supervision of James Brown Scott, Director. The Conference of 1907: Vol. I, Plenary Meetings of the Conference; Vol. II, Meetings of the First Commission; Vol. III, Meetings of the Second, Third & Fourth Commissions [And:] The Conferences of 1899 & 1907: Index Volume. 1st Ed., 4 Vols. (including index Vol.), xxvii+703, lxxxi+1086, xci+1162 & viii+272pp. NY: Oxford Univ. Press. 192021  #56427
[HLMainPic] Monumental record of the discussions & decisions of the Hague Peace Conference of 1907, complete with detailed index volume (which also includes index for the 1899 Conference). Orig. maroon cloth, VG ex-reference lib. with just neat & minor markings. Rare set, especially with the Index. See illustration on our website.   £165
Gallipoli Memories: A Plain Diary By A Plain Soldier. With an Introduction by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Barry-Doyle, CF. 1st Ed., 86pp., photo. frontis. (A Corner of Main Street, Chanak), orig. printed wraps., small format (156x114mm). Published by S. Dirmikis & Sons, English Booksellers, Constantinople. nd (c.1920)  #60710
[HLMainPic] A most curious item, stated to have been Printed in Germany, but certainly not a work of propaganda as the Author's Preface records that it contains "the impressions of one who occupied a very humble position in the ranks of a battalion that formed part of 'the incomparable 29th Division.'... if they serve to keep alive in the minds of some memories of what the British Expeditionary Force did in circumstances of unparalleled difficulty they will satisfy." In the text the author reveals that he belonged to the 1st Bn. Border Regiment, was warned for service in the Dardanelles with that unit in May 1915, joined it towards the end of that month & remained on the Peninsula for three months until evacuated to Gibraltar due to sickness. Contains much interesting detail on trench life & the battle for Boomerang Redoubt on 28th July. No copies on JISC/Library Hub (formerly COPAC) & just as a double check, not in BL catalogue. Appears not to be recorded in any of the usual bibliographies & online search gives no results. A truly lost book. Orig. printed wraps., somewhat chipped, marked & worn, generally VG & evidently a great rarity. See illustrations on our website.   £325
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #59102
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
Letters of Arthur George Heath, fellow of New College, Oxford, & Lieutenant in the 6th Batt. Royal West Kent Regiment. With Memoir by Gilbert Murray. 1st Ed., [viii]+222pp., portrait frontis. Oxford: Blackwell. 1917  #58580
[HLMainPic] Arthur George Heath was born in London in 1887 & educated at the Grocers' Company's School & New College, Oxford, becoming, after graduation, a Fellow of the College, then travelled in France and Germany for a year before settling down to teaching modern philosophy. He obtained a commission in the newly raised 6th (Service) Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment in 1914, went to France in 1915 & was KiA on 8th October 1915, aged 28, in an attack on Gun Trench near La Bassée. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. Contains a memoir, letters in training 1914-15 and from France & Flanders June-October 1915, with much of interest on regimental routine & Active Service: "I would rather have a man take a little risk now and then, firing at what he thinks a loophole or a periscope, than remain forever huddled down behind the sandbags quite indignant if anyone on his side fires a shot, for fear that the Germans shall reply. That is the attitude of a lot of the ex-regular N.C.O.'s especially. This trench life in any case is not good for morale. How does anyone suppose the troops will face the open after it? I think I must take more men out on little expeditions at night, just to get them used to the absence of a parapet…" Orig. apple green cloth, titled in green to spine & New College crest to front. See illustration on our website.   £145
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
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
Alec Rowan Herron. Born July 30th, 1893. Educated at Braeside School, West Kirby, 1902-1905; Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, 1905-1911; New College Oxford, 1911-1914. 2nd Lieutenant, King's Royal Rifle Corps, August 15th, 1914, Killed in Action at Givenchy, March 10th, 1915. 1st Ed., 79pp., portrait frontis. Liverpool: Henry Young & Sons., For Private Circulation. 1915  #58508
[HLMainPic] Herron, a member of the OTC at New College, applied for a commission immediately war was declared, was gazetted to the Special Reserve of the KRRC & by the end of the month was with their 6th (SR) Bn. at the Isle of Sheppey; he joined the 1st Bn. at the end of November ("Off to the front at last!") & was KiA leading a charge against the German trenches at Givenchy three-&-a-half months later. The book consists entirely of his letters written between Aug. 1914-March 9th 1915, followed by letters of condolence from officers in his bn., &c. His letters catch vividly the mood of the times - patriotic & optimistic in spite of the news of reverses in France & of the deaths of friends - & also provide good descriptions of the routine of trench life in this early period & the constant threat from snipers. When his sgt. was killed he wrote: "The bullet was meant for me, as he had just shown me a loophole from which the whole of their line could be seen, & I took a good look through, & unfortunately he just glanced through it after me & was hit." A very moving & evocative memorial, also one of the earliest published. Orig. grey paper covd. boards, wheat cloth backstrip, gilt to front & spine, VG. See illustration on our website.   £165
Fundraising for the Dardanelles: Mrs Cara Leland Broughton. (i) Printed 'form' letter from Jean Hamilton (with recipient's name: Mrs Broughton, in pencil) acknowledging gift to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; (ii) Receipt issued to Mrs Broughton by the Lady Hamilton Dardanelles Fund for gift of £15, signed in ink by [Lady] Jean Hamilton; (iii) Handbill issued by Mrs Moncrieffe's Fund, "Urgently required for the Dardanelles: The 'Gallipoli' or Improved Bell Stretcher Tent... These stretcher tents meet a want that has been created by the peculiar position on the Gallipoli peninsula where the wounded have not at their disposal field ambulances... but are obliged to lie on the ground without shelter, & tormented by flies..."; (iv) Another similar regarding the increased costs of improved Stretcher Tents (dated 10th Sept. 1915); (v) & (vi) printed letter & official receipt (signed by Marie Michell, Hon. Sec.) re Cara Broughton's gift of £30 to towards Stretcher Tents; (vii) Orig. 3pp. ms. letter (with OAS envelope, Passed by Censor &c.) from 245 L/Cpl. A. Forbes ASC, 2nd Mtd. Div. in Gallipoli to Mrs Broughton, thanking her for gifts of cigarettes.  #61081
[HLMainPic] During the Great War, especially during the early years, citizens, rich & poor, were exhorted to subscribe to a cornucopia of relief funds, ranging from those for Belgian Refugees to small comforts for the men in the trenches. Many of the organisers were 'society' ladies, & the campaign at Gallipoli was not without its sponsors, including Lady Hamilton, wife of Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton, with her Lady Hamilton Dardanelles Fund, and Mrs Moncrieffe (Gen. Hamilton's sister-in-law) with her "Mrs Moncrieffe's Fund" whose St. Marylebone War Hospitals' Supply Depot had a "Dardanelles Account." The small collection of documents here offered are a rare survival of these funds for men at the Dardanelles. The letter from the soldier (L/Cpl. Forbes) shows that Mrs Broughton also sent comforts to individual soldiers: "I am just writing a few lines in my dug-out, to thank you very much for the cigarettes which you are sending me every two weeks. I don't think there is a better tonic, as the chaps say, for our nerves when the shells & shrapnel come whistling over our heads..." (he goes on to describe some close shaves &c.). Note: Cara Leland Broughton, or Mrs Urban Hanlon Broughton, was an American heiress who married a relatively impecunious English engineer, Urban Broughton, when he was working for her father, the tycoon Henry Huttleston Rogers (of Standard Oil &c.) in 1895. Broughton became rich & successful in his own right, but the couple became enormously wealthy on the death of his wife's father in 1909. They lived in Park Street, Mayfair, & at a country house at Englefield Green. Two sons were ed. at Harrow & Urban was MP for Preston, 1915-18. Mrs Broughton made many generous gifts to various war charities. All items VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
A Short History of the National Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell, Notts., 1915-1918. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 16pp., 6 photos. For Private Circulation Only: Not For Publication. nd (c.1919).  #60827
[HLMainPic] A brief but useful account of the work & immense output of the largest shell-filling factory of WW1, probably produced as a souvenir for departing employees at the end of the war. Some interesting illustrations including the July 1st 1918 explosion at the factort, which is also described in the text. Orig. blue wraps., printed in gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75

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