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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   745 Books
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Fundraising for the Dardanelles: Mrs Cara Leland Broughton. (i) Printed 'form' letter from Jean Hamilton (with recipient's name: Mrs Broughton, in pencil) acknowledging gift to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; (ii) Receipt issued to Mrs Broughton by the Lady Hamilton Dardanelles Fund for gift of £15, signed in ink by [Lady] Jean Hamilton; (iii) Handbill issued by Mrs Moncrieffe's Fund, "Urgently required for the Dardanelles: The 'Gallipoli' or Improved Bell Stretcher Tent... These stretcher tents meet a want that has been created by the peculiar position on the Gallipoli peninsula where the wounded have not at their disposal field ambulances... but are obliged to lie on the ground without shelter, & tormented by flies..."; (iv) Another similar regarding the increased costs of improved Stretcher Tents (dated 10th Sept. 1915); (v) & (vi) printed letter & official receipt (signed by Marie Michell, Hon. Sec.) re Cara Broughton's gift of £30 to towards Stretcher Tents; (vii) Orig. 3pp. ms. letter (with OAS envelope, Passed by Censor &c.) from 245 L/Cpl. A. Forbes ASC, 2nd Mtd. Div. in Gallipoli to Mrs Broughton, thanking her for gifts of cigarettes.  #61081
[HLMainPic] During the Great War, especially during the early years, citizens, rich & poor, were exhorted to subscribe to a cornucopia of relief funds, ranging from those for Belgian Refugees to small comforts for the men in the trenches. Many of the organisers were 'society' ladies, & the campaign at Gallipoli was not without its sponsors, including Lady Hamilton, wife of Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton, with her Lady Hamilton Dardanelles Fund, and Mrs Moncrieffe (Gen. Hamilton's sister-in-law) with her "Mrs Moncrieffe's Fund" whose St. Marylebone War Hospitals' Supply Depot had a "Dardanelles Account." The small collection of documents here offered are a rare survival of these funds for men at the Dardanelles. The letter from the soldier (L/Cpl. Forbes) shows that Mrs Broughton also sent comforts to individual soldiers: "I am just writing a few lines in my dug-out, to thank you very much for the cigarettes which you are sending me every two weeks. I don't think there is a better tonic, as the chaps say, for our nerves when the shells & shrapnel come whistling over our heads..." (he goes on to describe some close shaves &c.). Note: Cara Leland Broughton, or Mrs Urban Hanlon Broughton, was an American heiress who married a relatively impecunious English engineer, Urban Broughton, when he was working for her father, the tycoon Henry Huttleston Rogers (of Standard Oil &c.) in 1895. Broughton became rich & successful in his own right, but the couple became enormously wealthy on the death of his wife's father in 1909. They lived in Park Street, Mayfair, & at a country house at Englefield Green. Two sons were ed. at Harrow & Urban was MP for Preston, 1915-18. Mrs Broughton made many generous gifts to various war charities. All items VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Imperial War Museum, Department of Sound Records: Oral History Recordings, Gallipoli. [ii]+229pp., A4 format, spiral bound with laminated card covers. IWM. 1994  #60900
[HLMainPic] Detailed notes of the contents of around 100 recordings of Gallipoli campaign experiences. Much of interest in & of itself, & a fine guide to these IWM holdings. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
On the ANZAC Trail: Being Extracts from the Diary of a New Zealand Sapper. By "ANZAC." 1st Ed., ix+210pp. Heinemann. 1916  #60901
[HLMainPic] The author served in the Boer War & had lived in NZ but was with his parents in Ireland in 1914. Answered an advert for New Zealanders to enlist at the High Commission in London & trained with this contingent of about 200 men at Salisbury Plain until shipped out to Egypt in December: describes life in Zeitoun camp, the Aussie riots in Cairo which he witnessed, then diary of a month at Gallipoli until severely wounded (probably at Quinn's Post) & invalided. Orig. red cloth, blocked black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
Cross & Cockade (Great Britain). The Society of World War I Aero Historians Journal. Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1970-Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2004: a run of 140 issues from the first number onwards, approx. 7000pp. in all, A4 format with num. col. & b/w photos. & other illustraions. The Society. Contemp.  #55986
[HLMainPic] A very fine thirty-four year run from 1970-2004, 17 volumes uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to sps., retaining orig. card wraps. These are excellent, high quality magazines containing an immense range of original material, much of it contributed by, or garnered from, the diaries & recollections of both British & German veteran flyers in their later years & consequently containing much unrepeatable & in-depth source material & research based on interviews, letters & diaries, plus many excellent photos. & other illustrations. Rare & nicely presented set. See illustration on our website.   £850
Essays, Poems, Letters by Bernard Pitt, M.A. (Assistant Master Cooper's Company's School), Lieut., Border Regiment, Attached Trench Mortar Battery, Killed in Action, April 30th, 1916. 1st Ed., ix+202pp., 217x144mm, portrait frontis. Francis Edwards. 1917  #60360
[HLMainPic] Bernard Pitt was born in 1881 and was an assistant master at the Cooper's Company's School. He was Killed in Action by the explosion of a German mine between Souchez and Givenchy at 7 p.m. on 30th April 1916. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was thirty-four. Includes 50pp. interesting and atmospheric letters from France & Flanders between December 1915 and April 1916, serving with 47th Trench Mortar Battery, notable for rare account of trench mortar work in the front line (Pitt describes the phenomenon, known well to infantrymen, of mortar men turning up in their trench, loosing off a few rounds then clearing out before the inevitable retaliation). The letters are followed by poems (including one war poem) and various prose pieces on the nature of poetry, comedy, and so forth. Superb superior copy, bound in full green morocco, gilt to sp. with raised bans, sp. just a little tanned o/w VG throughout. See illustration on our website.   £225
Friends of France. The Field Service of the American Ambulance Described by its Members. 1st Ed., xix+298pp. frontis., approx. 30 photos. Smith, Elder & Co. 1916  #59903
[HLMainPic] The organisation & work of the Ambulance in France & Flanders 1914-15, together with portaits & service details of various members of the unit. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, sp. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Ypres 1914: An Official Account Published by Order of the German General Staff. Translated by G.C.W[ynne]. 1st Eng. Ed., xxiv+136pp., 7 sketch maps. Constable. 1919  #61010
[HLMainPic] Translation of the German official account of 1st Ypres. Intro. & notes by the Historical Section (Military Branch), Committee of Imperial Defence. Orig. blue cloth, little marked, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
A Subaltern's Share in the War: Home Letters of the late George Weston Devenish, Lieut. R.A., Attached R.F.C. Intro. & Notes by Mrs. Horace Porter. 1st Ed., xviii+178pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates. Constable. 1917  #60338
[HLMainPic] Regular officer RFA (commissioned 1913 after Charterhouse & Woolwich), letters & diary from France Aug.-30 Oct. 1914. He joined 6th Bty., 40th Bde. RFA on the Aisne & was wounded near his OP at Fauquissart, on the Indian Corps front, 28.10.14; in France again June 1915-Apr. 1916 (around 'Plugstreet' &c.) when trans. to RFC as Artillery Observer for four months in France, then pilot training & KiA flying as a pilot in 35 Squadron: shot down in flames, on 6th June 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras (Flying Services) Memorial.. Contains lengthy extracts from entertaining & informative letters describing his active service experiences in Flanders & later over the Western Front. Orig. paper covd. boards, sp. sl. rubbed, sl chipped but comparatively VG (more often found very chipped/torn due to the nature of this binding). See illustration on our website.   £225
The Campaign in France 1914. Organisation of Formations And Orders of Battle of B.E.F., French and German Armies. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., [8]pp. A. Bradford, Printer, Camberley. nd (contemp.).  #61042
[HLMainPic] This slim but useful & undoubtedly rare booklet contains notes on the organisation of British, French & German formations pertaining in August 1914, plus Orders of Battle of Allied & German Armies at that time. Excellent concise reference showing numbers of divisions employed, &c. Orig. printed wraps., little wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
Two Years After, or Twelve Months of Armageddon: Some Reminiscences of A Temporary Regimental Sawbones 1915-1916. 1st Ed., [v]+105pp. Printed for Private Circulation Only. 1918  #61043
[HLMainPic] Interesting & exceptionally rare privately printed memoirs of "N.D.M." [i.e. N.D. Mackay], serving at a General Hospital in France then attached as MO to the London Scottish (1st Bn. 14th London Regt.) in Oct. 1915. Immediate recollections of service & episodes in France 1915-16 in two main sections: "A Winter in the Loos Salient" & "The Lighter Side of War," the latter in three parts, "At Home & at the Base, B.E.F.," "In & Out of the Trenches" & "In & Out of the Trenches (concluded)." Orig. brown cloth, gilt to front & sp., VG, inscribed: "With the Author's Compliments and Best Wishes - In memory of many pleasant evenings spent in The manse, Aberfeldy - Sept. 1918." See illustration on our website.   £245

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