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GLADSTONE (Viscount) William G.C. Gladstone, A Memoir. 1st Ed., [vii]+143pp., 6 plates. Nisbet & Co. 1918  #59993
[HLMainPic] William Glynne Charles Gladstone, grandson of William Ewart Gladstone & himself a MP, was born in 1885, Ed. at Eton and New College Oxford, commissioned in the Royal Welch Fusiliers (SR) in 1914, attached to the 1st Bn. in France and killed by a sniper near Laventie on 13th April 1915. Initially buried where he fell, his body was then brought home & reinterred at the family seat, Hawarden, following a showy and elaborate funeral procession through the town, provoking controversy over use of privilege that ensured that almost no other soldier's body was subsequently repatriated during the Great War and establishing the principle that endured until the Falklands conflict that British soldiers are buried among their comrades on the field of honour. Contains biography, inc. recollections of some who knew him in the House of Commons (Member for Kilmarnock Burghs from 1911 until his death), and about 12pp. letters from the Front during the month he spent there followed by extracts from various appreciations &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, some staining to cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60


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