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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

     


 

 



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