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British Army Manuals (1914-18) British Army Manuals, Text Books and Handbooks (1914-1918)   79 Books
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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
Dennis Ely, Captain Durham Light Infantry. 1st Ed., 40pp., 204x138mm, portrait frontis. Oxford, Frederick Hall, Printer to the University. 1916  #66458
[HLMainPic] Slim but moving memorial volume to Dennis Herbert James Ely, born in 1896 and Ed. at Ayr Academy, Whitgift (where he was a segeant in the OTC). Enlisted in Public Schools Brigade 1914 then gazetted to the Durham Light Infantry on 31st October 1914. In October 1915 he was sent with a draft to the 15th (Service Battalion, was slightly wounded in January 1916, wounded again then Killed in Action on 1st July 1916. He has no known grave, is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, and was twenty years old. Memoir and extracts from letters in training and from France 1915-16, also an account of the 15th DLI on 1st July 1916 "derived partly from the notes written by his Colonel on his death-bed... partly from the letters of brother officers & men." Orig. pale blue paper covered boards with wheat backstrip, blocked black to spine, VG, nice copy. See illustrations on our website.   £165
Lest We Forget: A Book of Remembrance, Being a Short Summary of the Service & Sacrifice rendered to the Empire during the Great War by one of the many Patriotic Families of Wessex, The Popes of Wrackleford, Co. Dorset. With a Foreword by Thomas Hardy, OM. 1st Ed., 152pp., 16 portraits, plate (view of Wrackleford House). Privately Printed "For the Use of the Family" at the Chiswick Press. 1919  #66424
[HLMainPic] Portraits & war records of ten sons, four daughters & three sons-in-law of Alfred Pope, (together with a memoir of their energetic father & portraits of both parents). Three sons died: Lt.-Col. Edward Alexander Pope, DSO, who raised & commanded the 12th (S) Bn. Welsh Regt., 1914-17, but was commanding the 3rd (SR) Bn. at the time of his death in 1919 as a result of "disease contracted on active service." A veteran of the Boer War, he was wounded & won the DSO during his Western Front service; Capt. Charles Alfred Whiting Pope RAMC was drowned when the troopship Transylvania was torpedoed in the Med. on 4/5/17; 2nd Lt. Percy Paris Pope, 3rd attd. 1st Bn. Welsh Regt. was KiA in France on 2/10/15 during the battle of Loos (includes an account of this action by his CO). The husband of Evelyn Grace Pope, Lt.-Col. A.R. Haig-Brown, DSO, was KiA 25/3/18 commanding 23rd Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Others included three regular officers, Capt. Albert Victor Pope, 14th Hussars (extracts from his letters from Mespot. are included in the book), Major Decimus Pope, MC, 18th Hussars & Capt. Cyril Pope of the 1st Bedfordshire Regt. (PoW in Nov. 1914 at First Ypres); Lt. John Allen Pope, 11th KRRC served in France until invalided from the Somme with shell shock. Several daughters served as VADs. A remarkable family war record, the services of each individual described in some detail, several with extracts from letters &c., each with a fine portrait. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & rare with loosely inserted presentation letter from the compiler, Alfred Pope, to J.S. Udal of the Inner Temple, who was author of Dorsetshire Folklore, with his ownership inscrip. Lacks the frontis. portrait of Mrs Alfred Pope o/w complete. See illustrations on our website.   £265
An American Soldier: Letters of Edwin Austin Abbey, 2d. 1st Ed., [ix]+174pp., 202x134mm, portrait frontis., map (Vimy Ridge, showing location of his grave). VG in partyial dw. Houghton Mifflin, Boston & New York. 1918  #66405
[HLMainPic] Edwin Austin Abbey the Second, son of William Burling Abbey and Katharine Eleanor Abbey of Philadelphia, enlisted 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion Oct. 1915, served in Flanders March-April 1916 when he was wounded. Commissioned in 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, returned to the Front in Dec. 1916 & Killed in Action by a sniper at Vimy Ridge on 10th April 1917. Contains lengthy letters written during training in Canada & on active service during 1916-17, these giving a very good impression of his life in France and Flanders, both in and behind the lines. They are followed by several letters of condolence, one of them containing a detailed account of his final hours and the location of his body (which had been plundered by the Germans for identifications), with a map showing the location of his battlefield grave. Orig. brown paper covered boards with cloth backstrip, gilt to spine and title to front, VG in dw (latter scarce example, but lacking sp. panel). See illustration on our website.   £125
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
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 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
Leaving Rouen for The Somme, le 22me. Janvier, 1917. Diary of 2nd Lt. A.E. Coles, 1st Som. L.I. 1917. 1st Ed., 163pp., 6 pen-&-ink sketches (inc. frontis., all but one by Coles), self portrait sketch (dated 11/vi/17), sketch map. No imprint or date, but contemp., with label to front paste-down of Whitby, Light & Lane, Ltd., Printers & Stationers, Bridgwater.  #66479
[HLMainPic] Albert Edward Coles, son of Albert Edward & Ida Belle Coles, of The Gables, Hamp, Bridgwater, Somerset, was Ed. at Keble College, Oxford (Matriculated 28th March 1916), commissioned in the Somerset Light Infantry & was posted missing, later presumed Killed In Action, on 4th October 1917. He has no known grave & is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. This work was not known to me when I published my bibliography of Great War memorial volumes, otherwise it would have been included. It contains Coles's interesting & detailed diary from 12th Jan. 1917, when he bid adieu to his family & entrained for Plymouth, thence to Southampton & sailed for France, arriving at Le Havre on the 14th, the customary 10 days or so at the IBD at Rouen follow & he joined the 1st SLI on 26th Jan., spent a month at the 4th Div. School, commanded a dump supplying ammunition, Verey lights &c. to the front line as needed during the Battle of Arras, was later posted to 11th TM Battery until his death near Ypres. An unvarnished & absorbing day-to-day record of the experiences of a subaltern in France in 1917, evidently privately printed at Bridgwater by his family as a memorial. Orig. dull morocco, gilt to front, little marked, VG with a loosely inserted signed portrait photo. of Coles & inscribed "To Donald In Remembrance" (i.e., Donald Croker, a friend who is mentioned in the text). See illustration on our website.   £345
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
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

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