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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   763 Books
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India's Services in the War. Volume I: General [bound with:] Volume II: Indian States. Facsimile reprint of 1922 1st Ed., vi+190+ixpp. & [v]+256+vipp., 136 photos. VG in somewhat worn dw. Delhi: BR Pubg. Corp. 1985  #59523
[HLMainPic] Reprint of contemp. histories with much on the employment of the IA overseas, various statistics, the services of numerous Indian princes & chiefs, the contribution of various states to the war effort (supply of men, materiel, &c.). Much of interest. See illustration on our website.   £35
The Gallipoli Campaign: An Outline of the Military Operations. By A Student. Revised Ed., orig. printed wraps., 87pp., 4 maps. Sifton, Praed & Co. 1930  #64166
[HLMainPic] Lucid concise account of the operations designed for use by officers studying for promotion exams &c. Sp. sl. chipped, near VG. Uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £30
R. Cecil Hopkinson, Lieutenant, R.E. Memoir & Letters. 1st Ed., [vii]+152pp., portrait frontis., 33 photos., 2 sketches (divisional signal coy. organisation). Cambridge: Printed at the University Press. 1918  #63192
[HLMainPic] Rudolf Cecil Hopkinson was born at Wimbledon in 1891; became an enthusiastic & successful competition skier, also taking an interest in sailing & natural history. He was Ed. at St Paul's School & Trinity College, Cambridge, & on graduation in 1913 joined Sir Charles Parsons' Engineering Works at Newcastle as an apprentice. In August 1914 he applied for a commission in the Royal Engineers & became Signals Officer of the 35th Brigade, 12th Division: to France in May 1915 & wounded in the head by shrapnel on 24th November. He initially walked down the line but as paralysis set in & loss of blood weakened him his men carried him. He was transferred to Leicester War Hospital where he spent four months, then to his mother's home in Cambridge, where "his life ended after ten months of fluctuating hopes" on 9th Feb. 1917. Lieutenant Hopkinson, who was twice Mentioned in Despatches for work in France, is buried in St Giles and St Peter Church, Cambridge. Contains lengthy memoirs by his mother & others, followed by his letters from the Front, firstly in & around 'Plugstreet' then in the Loos sector, including interesting detail on his work as a signalling officer laying telephone cables etc. During this time he was also experimenting with wireless telegraphy & his brother sent out various items such as telephone transformers purchased from GEC at his request. Orig. grey paper ccvd. boards with title to front, small stain to leading edge, neatly rebacked (in the style of the original cloth backed binding) with dilt tile to sp. VG thus & rare with ink presentation inscrip. "To Dr. E. Barnes - Cecil's great Teacher - from Evelyn Hopkinson in abiding remembrance and gratitude. Cambridge. June 1918." See illustration on our website.   £225
A German Deserter's War Experience. 1st UK Ed., translated by J. Koettgen. 254pp. Grant Richards. 1917  #63251
[HLMainPic] The author, it is stated, 'escaped from Germany after fourteen months of fighting in France... [a] vivid description of the life of a common German soldier in the present war' - Preface. Orig. black cloth, minor wear, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
H.M.S. Spenser: With the Harwich Force in the War, 1917-1918. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 32pp., 31 photos. Printed for Private Circulation by the Criterion Press, Leicester. nd (c.1919).  #57584
[HLMainPic] Completed at Thorneycroft's yard at Woolston, 1st Dec. 1917, proceeded on sea trials then Tenth Destroyer Flotilla of the Harwich Force & on continuous operations throughout 1918. Includes roll of ship's complement by branches as at 1st Dec. 1918. Interesting letterpress description of the ship's services with equally interesting photos.. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
The German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25
Kenneth Gordon Garnett MC, RFA, 30 July 1892-22 August 1917. 1st Ed., 62pp., portrait frontis., 11 plates. Privately printed at the Chiswick Press. 1917  #63213
[HLMainPic] A memoir by his Mother with selections from his letters from the Front followed by customary extracts from obituaries & letters of condolence. Garnett was born in 1892, Ed. at St. Paul's School & Trinity College Cambridge (rowed in the triumphant boat in the 1914 boat race). He was commissioned in the Royal Field Artillery in Jan. 1915 & proceeded to France the following month, only to be accidentally wounded in March. He returned to the Front in Oct. 1915 & spent the winter in the Ypres Salient then, on 24th August 1916, during a bombardment of Delville Wood, he was shot in the neck & paralysed. He was convalescent in England for a year before his death from a relapse of his spinal wound & is buried in Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery. Orig. brown paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip, titled in black to front & spine, VG. See illustration on our website..   £165
Kenneth Gordon Garnett MC, RFA, 30 July 1892-22 August 1917. 2nd Ed., orig. printed paper wraps., 62pp., portrait frontis., 11 plates. Privately printed at the Chiswick Press (Published for the YMCA). 1918  #63214
[HLMainPic] A memoir by his Mother with selections from his letters from the Front followed by customary extracts from obituaries & letters of condolence. Garnett was born in 1892, Ed. at St. Paul's School & Trinity College Cambridge (rowed in the triumphant boat in the 1914 boat race). He was commissioned in the Royal Field Artillery in Jan. 1915 & proceeded to France the following month, only to be accidentally wounded in March. He returned to the Front in Oct. 1915 & spent the winter in the Ypres Salient then, on 24th August 1916, during a bombardment of Delville Wood, he was shot in the neck & paralysed. He was convalescent in England for a year before his death from a relapse of his spinal wound & is buried in Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery. Second edition, published for the YMCA, bound in printed paper wraps., titled in black to front & spine, VG. See illustration on our website..   £125
Noel Ross & His Work. Ed. by His Parents. 1st Ed., xiv+210pp., portrait frontis. Edward Arnold. 1919  #63238
[HLMainPic] Noël Ross was born at Dunedin, New Zealand, & Ed. at the Terrace School, Wellington & Christ College, Christchurch. He joined the staff of a New Zealand newspaper & later wrote for The Times & Punch. He enlisted in the ranks of the Canterbury Rifles & served at Gallipoli where he was severely wounded by a shell at Anzac Cove. He was discharged, but reaching London obtained a commission in the Royal Artillery. He was still unfit, however, and medically boarded. He died of illness in England on 19th December 1917. Contains a memoir including details of his military service and examples of his prose including an account of the landing at Gallipoli written for The Times. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website   £145
List of British Officers Taken Prisoner in the various Theatres of War between August, 1914 & November, 1918. Facsimile reprint of 1919 Ed., 218pp., printed card covs. LSE/Toad Hall. 1988  #64125
[HLMainPic] Valuable listing of nearly 8000 officers PoWs noting date missing & repatriated, successful escapes noted also if interned to Holland, died &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25

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