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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   713 Books
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Geoffrey Watkins Smith. 1st Ed., 219pp., 197x133mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates. Oxford: Printed for Private Circulation. 1917  #57832
[HLMainPic] Geoffrey Watkins Smith was born in 1881 at Beckenham, Kent. He was a Scholar at Winchester and New College, Oxford, taking a First and becoming a Fellow and Tutor at New College. A distinguished zoologist, he was commissioned in 13th (Service) Battalion, Rifle Brigade, in 1914 & commanded "A" Coy. in France until his death on the Somme on 10th July 1916 during the battalion's attack at Contalmaison. He was thirty-four years old and is buried in Pozieres Military Cemetery. This memorial contains around 60pp. letters in training & at the front; also biography, lists of scientific publications &c. Grey paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip. Number 116 of 125 individually numbered copies printed, "Each copy is to be numbered & presented to a near relation or intimate friend & the name inscribed." This copy presented to G.F. Simonds, who also was at New College & served in the war at a Lt. with 2/4th Berkshire Regt. & MGC until invalided in August 1916. Minor wear, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
Field Notes on the Belgian, French & German Armies. Prepared by the General Staff, War Office. 1914. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 68pp. Printed by Harrison & Sons for the War Office. August 1914  #51762
[HLMainPic] Guide to the organisation of formations, war establishments, uniforms, notes on marches, outposts & billets, &c. Very nice clean copy, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
James Colin MacLehose 2nd Lieut., Rifle Brigade 1897-1917. 1st Ed., 39pp., 5 portraits, 2 other plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation at the University Press. 1918  #57831
[HLMainPic] MacLehose was elder son of J.C. Maclehose, publisher to Glasgow University, & his wife Mary. Ed. at Rugby 1911-16; from school he went to the 4th Cadet Bn. at Oxford, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in November & joined 16th (S) Bn. in France in Jan. 1917. He was KiA in a night raid east of Ypres on 14th Feb. - rather less than six weeks after arriving - his last words as he was wounded being "Carry on, men, carry on." He was leading a raiding party and had not even reached the German wire when mortally wounded. The raid failed, the wire being uncut by the artillery preparation. Brown cloth with leather sp. label, another version seen, bound in brown paper covd. boards with gilt title to sp. VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Battle of Le Cateau 26th August, 1914. Tour of the Battlefield. 1st Ed., orig. printed card wrappers with map pocket, 36pp., 2 fldg. maps & 10 'panorama sketches.' HMSO (By Command of the Army Council). 1934  #58502
[HLMainPic] Detailed & useful work published for instruction of officers, including notes on 1914 era modes of defence, battlefield tour, principal lessons of the battle, order of battle. Orig. printed card wraps. with fldg. map of Battle of Le Cateau & The Eve of Le Cateau, together ten panorama sketches, contained in end-pocket. Minor wear, VG ex-RA Institution, Woolwich. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
Notes from the Front Part II. Collated by the General Staff. 1st Ed., orig. buff printed wraps., 35pp., 9pp sketches. HMSO. 1914  #59102
[HLMainPic] Early dissemination of lessons of 1914, German equipment & methods, &c. VG copy. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
"For Remembrance" In Commemoration of Port Elizabeth's "22" Machine Gun Section Which Left on 17th August 1915 to Join Kitchener's Army for Duty in France. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 32pp., 18 photos. & portraits. Port Elizabeth: Printed & Published by J.W. Ware & Co., For Private Circulation. nd (c.1919).  #57969
[HLMainPic] In a stirring example of colonial loyalty to the Mother Country a group of 22 South Africans, veterans of the GSWA campaign with the then disbanded Prince Alfred's Guard, decided to privately form a machine gun section, sail to England & offer their services to the War Office. This democratic band even elected their officer, Nothard, who later won two MCs. They were accepted by the WO & posted en masse to the 13th (S) Bn. Rifle Brigade, joining it in France in October 1915 & after some months of front line service took part in that battalion's tragic attack at Contalmaison in July 1916. The group was gradually split up by death (5), wounds (7), appointments to commissions (7), illness &c., but the 'South African Mob' remained alive in the memory of the 13th RB for many years. This rare pamphlet contains an account of their adventures written by several survivors, also including letters from the front from several others, a number of portraits, roll of the group & obit. of one of them loosely inserted. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
London District Orders August 1914-March 1920 [For Official Use Only]. A complete run for the Great War from 4th August 1914 to 31st March 1920 (with the exception of Sept. 1915 & July-Dec. 1918, which are missing): 25 bound volumes, 4to, approximately 7,500pp. in all, + separate bound, typed Index for the period Aug. 1914-Dec. 1915.  #58370
[HLMainPic] A very rare run of the official organ of the London District [Command] in which appeared all changes in rules & regulations pertaining to matters within the District; also all movements & postings of officers in the District (including courses of instruction attended, &c.); changes in establishment, &c. The Orders also reproduce all the London Gazette notices re appointments & promotions in London regiments (TF) & other regiments based within the District (i.e., all regiments of the Brigade of Guards & supporting gunners, medical officers, engineers &c.). Citations for all awards with a District connection also reproduced. Examples of the multifarious subject matter include Waste Tea leaves (collection of, wet or dray & payment for same); Courts Martial; Railway Passes; List of names of officers taken on strength of the District; Courses of Instruction & Training in Machine Guns; Anti-Gas; Medical Boards; Canteens &c. Printed by Harrison & Sons (400 copies in 1914 rising to 900) & published three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Each numbered & dated & varying in length from one or two pages to around 20pp. Contemp. red, black, or maroon cloth, gilt, generally VG & a magnificent source on the London Regiment &c. See illustrations on our website.   £600
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

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