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War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. Cheaper Ed., 158pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs), fldg. map. No imprint, The Regt. nd  #36222
Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Second issue binding, lacking ffep, covers soiled & worn, but sound.   £30
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs). No imprint, The Regt. nd  #49051
[HLMainPic] Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Fine copy of superior quarto edition, orig. deluxe three-qtr. morocco, gilt, dec. faux silk endpapers. See illustration on our website.   £90
BALLARD (Brig.-Gen. C., CB, CMG) Smith-Dorrien. 1st Ed., xv+345pp., portrait frontis., 16 maps. Constable. 1931  #56728
[HLMainPic] Useful biography, from Zulu War 1879 (where he escaped from Isandhlwana) to 'saviour of the BEF' at Le Cateau in 1914. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little wear overall, but some sl. worming to rear board, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
BARROW (Gen. Sir George, GCB, KCMG) The Life of General Sir Charles Carmichael Monro, Bart., GCB, GCSI, GCMG. 1st Ed., 287pp., portrait frontis., 22 plates. Hutchinson. 1931  #56817
[HLMainPic] Comm. 1879, Staff College 1889-90, influential Instructor then Commandant at School of Musketry, Hythe, 1901-07. Largely devoted to his interesting WW1 career as GOC 2nd Div. in 1914: Aisne, 1st Ypres &c., GOC I Corps in France then C.-in-C. Gallipoli in succession to Hamilton (including the evacuation). Cmd. 1st Army in France 1916 then as C.-in-C. India was involved in direction of Mesopotamia campaign. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
BERKELEY (Capt. R., MC) & SEYMOUR (Brig. W.W.) The History of the Rifle Brigade in the War of 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 3 Vols., Vol. I: Aug. 1914-Dec. 1916; Vol. II: Jan. 1917-June 1919; Appendix: Lists of Officers & Other Ranks of the R.B. awarded decorations or MiD for services during the Great War (Comp. Lt.-Col. T.R. Eastwood, DSO, MC & Major H.G. Parkyn, OBE). xvi+245 & xv+409pp., 28 plates, 52 maps (14 fldg.); Appendix: [v]+105pp. 4to. The RB Club. 1927; 1936; 1936. 1927  #57013
[HLMainPic] Excellent history. Every notable action of all bns. described, many in great detail (all but one bn. served Western Front). Vol. II includes the indices; main index which is almost entirely names & index by bns. of their activities in chronological order & an index of actions. Rifle green cloth, silver gilt, VG throughout (inc. Vol. I which is generally rather worn due to earlier publication & inferior cloth), good set & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £245
BURNETT (Brig.-Gen. C.) The Memoirs of the 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Royal Hussars 1906-1922 including Operations in the Great War. 1st Ed., [xi]+215pp., 9 plates, 9 fldg. maps. Winchester: Warren. 1926  #56776
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Aug. 1914 with much inteesting detail on cavalry ops. 1914-15 (Retreat from Mons, Marne, Aisne, 1st Ypres/Messines, 2nd Ypres &c.) inc. recollections of both officers & troopers. Detailed rolls of officers' services, casualties & awards (all ranks). Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
CRASTER (J.M.) Ed. Fifteen Rounds a Minute: The Grenadiers at War 1914. 1st Ed., x+186pp., 14 photos., 8 maps. VG in dw. Macmillan. 1977  #52279
[HLMainPic] The 2nd Bn. in 1914, edited from the diaries of Major 'Ma' Jefferies & others. Notes on officers' services. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
FRENCH (Major Hon. G., DSO) The Life of Sir John French, First Earl of Ypres. 1st Ed., xxii+432pp., 8 plates. Fine in sl. tanned dw. Cassell. 1931  #50123
[HLMainPic] Egypt, India, Boer War, &c. Controversial GOC of the BEF 1914-15 & replaced by Haig soon after the Battle of Loos. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, fine copy in dw (tanning to sp. & edges of rear panel of dw o/w fine throughout). Very scarce in dw. See illustration on our website.   £65
FRENCH (Major Hon. G., DSO) The Life of Sir John French, First Earl of Ypres. 1st Ed., xxii+432pp., 8 plates. VG in chipped dw. Cassell. 1931  #55068
[HLMainPic] Egypt, India, Boer War, &c. Controversial GOC of the BEF 1914-15 & replaced by Haig soon after the Battle of Loos. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little marked o/w VG in chipped dw. Scarce in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
FREW (D.) A Young Borderer: A Memoir of Alexander Dobree Young-Herries, Captain, The King's Own Scottish Borderers. 1st Ed., x+236pp., portrait frontis., 36 illus., 2 maps. Blackwood. 1928  #56903
[HLMainPic] Ed. at Eton & Cambridge; pre-war Special Reserve commission in KOSB, joined 2nd Bn. in France Sept. 1914, Aisne, 1st & 2nd Ypres, Somme & KiA 22/7/16 near Mametz. Interesting extracts from his letters & several interesting photos. at the front. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65

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