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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   791 Books
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Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #51759
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War. 1st Ed., xxiv+408pp., folio, col. & b/w plates throughout, sketches &c. Bell. 1920  #60043
[HLMainPic] A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Dan: A Memorial. 1st Ed., 283pp., 202x150mm, portrait frontis., 21 photos. & sketches. Printed for Private Circulation by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh. 1918  #58579
[HLMainPic] Daniel Edward Bradby, born at Rugby in 1896, the son of a Rugby School housemaster (H.C. Bradby, compiler of the volume) & educated there, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in 1914 & joined the 9th (S) Bn. in France in Dec. 1915; became O.C. "B" Coy. in September 1916 (after the Battle of Flers-Courcelette) & wasKiA near the Harp Redoubt during the Battle of Arras on 9th May 1917. He was twenty years old & is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery. Contains around 175pp. letters from the front, also lengthy extracts from various letters of condolence etc. Interestingly contains a (fairly indistinct) photograph of Bradby and another officer near the Harp Redoubt taken on the day of his death. In his final letter to his Mother, written on 8th April 1917 and left with a colleague ("I am giving this letter to some one or other who is staying behind to post if I get knocked out, so I hope you will never read it!") he wrote: "If I am killed you will at any rate know that I died trying to do my duty, and thinking always of you at home who I love so dearly." Orig. grey paper covered boards with wheat cloth backstrip & paper sp. label, this sl. chipped o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £245
178 Siege Battery R.G.A., B.E.F. France 1916-1918. 1st Ed., viii+127pp., 4 plates. Chorley & Pickersgill Ltd., Printers, Leeds. 1919  #59674
[HLMainPic] 6-inch Howitzer battery formed 1916: to France in October & immediately in action on the Arras front, inc. supporting a raid at Blangy in Jan. 1917, Battle of Arras inc. supporting attacks on Monchy-le-Preux &c., later at 3rd Ypres, Cambrai, Spring Offensive &c. Nominal roll of original Battery, another at demobilization, Roll of Hon. (inc. wounded & gassed), awards. Useful account with much interesting detail on the work of the battery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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 Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. VG in dw. Pearson. nd (c.1938).  #59714
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG in sl. chipped dw & scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £45
St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, Queen Victoria St., E.C., Fourth Memorial Service For Those members of The House of Cook, Son & Co. Who Have Laid Down Their Lives for Their Country. Friday, 15th November, 1918. Memorial service programme inc. roll of 148 employees who had fallen up to 4th Nov. 1918. Attractive survival. See illustration on our website.  #51833
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Roland Philipps, Boy Scout. 2nd Ed., revised & enlarged, 75pp., 220x140mm, portrait frontis., 13 other photos. inc. further portraits, his grave with the original wooden cross and later headstone. Roland House, Stepney. 1933  #59570
[HLMainPic] The Hon. Roland Erasmus Philipps, son of the 1st Viscount St. Davids (and brother of Colwyn Erasmus Philipps), was born in 1890, Ed. at Winchester & New College, Oxford. He took a very great interest in the Boy Scout movement, becoming Commissioner for East and North East London. He was gazetted to the 9th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in 1914, was wounded & awarded the MC in the spring of 1916 and KiA at Ovillers on 7th July 1916. He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. An account of his life and interests with several extracts from letters from the front, also a 'brief historical sketch of development to 1933' of Roland House in Stepney, a Georgian property that Phillips bought in 1914 and bequeathed to the Scouts. Green cloth, gilt to spine and front. VG. See illustration on our website.   £85

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