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British Army Manuals (1914-18) British Army Manuals, Text Books and Handbooks (1914-1918)   70 Books
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In Memoriam. Alexander Roxburgh Murray, 2nd Lieut., 17th Highland Light Infantry. Born at Chungking, West China, on Christmas Day, 1897. Killed, leading his men into action, near Beaumont Hamel, on the morning of 18th November, 1916. 1st Ed., 59pp., 170x122mm, portrait frontis. & 47 photos. No imprint or date (c.1917).  #66582
[HLMainPic] Alexander Roxburgh Murray was educated at Glasgow Academy where he excelled at athletics and Rugby Football. Leaving school in 1915 he was commissioned in the 17th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry (The Glasgow Chamber of Commerce battalion) and went to France in July 1916. He was just eighteen when he fell on 18th November 1916 and is buried in New Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel. This small book, printed on art paper throughout, contains a 'photographic essay' of his young life, growing up in China and Scotland, and later in uniform, followed by several pages of extracts from letters of condolence. Orig. purple cloth, silver gilt to front board with H.L.I. badge & "In Memoriam." VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £165
Training and Manoeuvre Regulations, 1913. General Staff, War Office. 168pp. Printed by Harrison & Sons for HMSO. 1913  #65092
[HLMainPic] Orig. rust cloth covd. boards, gilt. Little worn, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
Manual of Siege & Garrison Artillery Exercises. 1879. Corrected to June 24th, 1882. ix+683pp., several plates, num. sketches & drawings in text. HMSO. 1882  #65387
[HLMainPic] A substantial & well illustrated work of instruction containing sections on: Gunnery; Ammunition; Siege Artillery; Garrison Gun Drills; Material & Appliances; Elementary Instruction; Machines; Mounting & Dismounting Ordnance; Sleighs; Sheers & Derricks. Orig. red cloth, blindstamped & gilt, covers somewhat serviceworn, generally VG, sound & Complete. 1000 copies printed of this edition. See illustration on our website.   £95
Regulations for Engineer Services-Peace. 1910. Reprinted with amendments published up to 1st May 1915. Part I. vi+193pp., 15 tables. Printed for HMSO by Mackie & Co. Ltd. 1915  #65407
[HLMainPic] Organisation of the Engineer services, Personnel, Administration, Stores, Tools & Works, Control of Expenditure, &c. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG with contemp. ink ownership inscrip. of A.R. Gibbs. See illustration on our website.   £45
Instruction in Military Engineering. (Part V.) Miscellaneous. Compiled at the School of Military Engineering, Chatham. 5th Ed., viii+98pp., 33 plates. HMSO. 1898  #65409
[HLMainPic] Encampments; Hutments; Boring for Water; The Steam Traction Engine, &c., with good diagrams & sketches. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, somewhat serviceworn, generally VG with contemp. ownership inscrip of F.A. Ferguson. See illustration on our website.   £35
Military Engineering. (Provisional.) (Vol. III.) Bridging. 1921. Military Bridging-General Principles & Materials. General Staff, War Office. 1921. 307pp., 137 photos. & dioagrams (some fldg.). HMSO. 1921  #65410
[HLMainPic] Detailed & very well illustrated work, much expanded from earlier editions, incorporating lessons of WW1 relating to pontoon bridges used in Flanders & other matter. Orig. red cloth, worn but sound. See illustration on our website.   £25
Signal Training Volume V. Signal Office Organization & Procedure 1938. 186pp., fldg. map & several diagrams. War Office. 1938  #65411
[HLMainPic] With loosely inserted 3pp. amendments dated 1939. Orig. brown cloth, titled in black, contemp. ownership inscrip. Sig. Clark, R.W., 2587258, No. 2 Coy. 8th Corps Signals. Somewhat serviceworn, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Manual of Physical Training. (Reprint 1908 with Amendments published in Army Orders to 1st December, 1914.). 275pp., sketches & diagrams. Printed by Harrison & Sons for HMSO. 1914  #66225
[HLMainPic] Orig. brown cloth, titled in black to sp., somewhat serviceworn, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Richard Vincent Sutton: A Record of His Life Together with Extracts from His Private Papers. 1st Ed., [ii]+195pp., 290x217mm, portrait frontis., 3 other portraits, 2 further plates (one of HQ Staff, 4th Army, 1917, all subjects identified), several small sketches and diagrams. Printed [for private circulation] by George W. Jones, Gough Square, Fleet Street. 1922  #66399
[HLMainPic] A fine & rare memorial volume. Sir Richard Vincent Sutton, sixth Baronet of Norwood Park, county Nottingham, and Benham Valence, Berkshire, "Dick," was born in 1891 and Ed. at Eton. Failing to gain entry to Oxford University he was granted a commission in the 1st Life Guards in 1910, doing duty in London and Windsor when not shooting on his estate or travelling in europe. He served abroad with the Life Guards in October 1914, when after three weeks in Flanders, he was slightly wounded near Zandvoorde on the 25th. This first period of active service is described in lengthy daily diary entries. Sutton returned to his regiment in March 1915 and was wounded again on 13th May near Hooge. Out again in August and joined IV Corps Staff for several months then 4th Army Staff, where he remained for twenty-five months as ADC to Sir Henry Rawlinson, including the planning and execution of the Battle of the Somme. In September 1917 he was then reclaimed by his regiment as Adjutant, then served with the Guards Machine Gun Regiment in 1918. Surviving to the end, he was struck down by influenza after the armistice and died in Base Hospital at Wimereux on 29th November 1918. He was buried in the Terlincthun British Military Cemetery, was twenty-seven years old and held the Military Cross. This lavish memoir includes lengthy extracts from his letters to family and friends throughout his service on the Western Front. Blue/grey paper covered boards with wheat cloth backstrip with paper label, VG.. See illustrations on our website.   £350
Poems by Claude L. Penrose, with a Biographical Preface. 1st Ed., vi+271pp., 4to, portrait frontis., 51 photos. & other illus. inc. several of Penrose's decorative designs & watercolours of Western Front scenes, 3 text decorations. Privately printed by Harrison & Sons. 1919  #66403
[HLMainPic] A misleadingly titled very substantial memorial to a regular gunner, Major Claude Quayle Lewis Penrose, M.C. & Bar. He was born in Florida in 1893 & in early youth had a disturbing method of "experimenting on his powers of endurance by knocking his curly head against a wall & persisting in the exercise until he made himself cry." His family returned to Europe when he was four & he was educated at the United Services College & the RMA Woolwich. Commissioned in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1913, he went to France in November 1914, served with 119th Heavy Battery from January 1915 & was attached to 4th Field Survey Company on the Somme, planning counter-battery work & preparing panoramic photographs (he was awarded the MC for this work). Later he was appointed to command 245th Siege Battery (XIX Corps Heavies), won the Bar to his MC during the March Retreat & was mortally wounded by a shell which hit his Battery Command post on 31st July 1918 east of Ypres, then aged twenty-four. He died of wounds the following day at the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station & his grave lies in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery. The first 173 pages consist of extracts from his voluminous and detailed letters and material contributed by colleagues to give a full account of his life & services, including much on the Somme 1916, also various extracts from his diaries, followed by 90pp. of his poetry; the last eight being on war themes. Orig. delicate cushioned glazed purple cloth binding, a comparatively VG copy as most encountered are dry & worn due to the delicate nature of the binding, sp. sunned o/w nice copy. See illustrations on our website.   £275

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