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A History of the 10th (Service) Bn. The East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xix+204pp., 40 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket + 4 in text. Hull: Brown. 1937  #57130
[HLMainPic] France March 1916 after brief service in Egypt, involved in preparation for the attack at Serre 1/7/16 but were not called upon as the preceding waves failed so completely. Arras & Vimy Ridge 1917, German Spring Offensive, Final Advance &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
Active Hostile Artillery Map: The Harp/Cherisy/Vis-en-Artois &c., 1:20,000, 14/5/1917. Fldg. paper map, 41x33cm approx., produced by Corps Topo. Section, showing British front line near Arras at 6.30 pm on 14/5/1917, outline British & detailed German trench systems (Hindenburg Line) at The Harp, Triangle Wood &c., plus locations of German batteries (Active, Doubtful & Inactive), plus some other details of German defences. Few edge tears, generally VG. See illustration on our website.  #53508
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Leaving Rouen for The Somme, le 22me. Janvier, 1917. Diary of 2nd Lt. A.E. Coles, 1st Som. L.I. 1917. 1st Ed., 163pp., 6 pen-&-ink sketches (inc. frontis., all but one by Coles), self portrait sketch (dated 11/vi/17), sketch map. No imprint or date, but contemp., with label to front paste-down of Whitby, Light & Lane, Ltd., Printers & Stationers, Bridgwater.  #57976
[HLMainPic] Albert Edward Coles, son of Albert Edward & Ida Belle Coles, of The Gables, Hamp, Bridgwater, Somerset, was Ed. at Keble College, Oxford (Matriculated 28th March 1916), commissioned in the Somerset Light Infantry & was posted missing, later presumed Killed In Action, on 4th October 1917. He has no known grave & is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. This work was not known to me when I published my bibliography of Great War memorial volumes, otherwise it would have been included. It contains Coles's interesting & detailed diary from 12th Jan. 1917, when he bid adieu to his family & entrained for Plymouth, thence to Southampton & sailed for France, arriving at Le Havre on the 14th, the customary 10 days or so at the IBD at Rouen follow & he joined the 1st SLI on 26th Jan., spent a month at the 4th Div. School, commanded a dump supplying ammunition, Verey lights &c. to the front line as needed during the Battle of Arras, was later posted to 11th TM Battery until his death near Ypres. An unvarnished & absorbing day-to-day record of the experiences of a subaltern in France in 1917, evidently privately printed at Bridgwater by his family as a memorial. Orig. dull morocco, gilt to front, little marked, VG with a loosely inserted signed portrait photo. of Coles & inscribed "To Donald In Remembrance" (i.e., Donald Croker, a friend who is mentioned in the text). See illustration on our website.   £345
The Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. Pearson.  #57527
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
[MORRISON (A.D., MC)] 7th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. The Great War 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 104pp., 206 photos. Alva: Printed by Cunningham & Sons. nd (c.1925).  #57403
[HLMainPic] Contains around 120 portraits of officers who served in the bn. & an excellent selection of other photos. at the Front, as well as narrative history inc. 2nd Ypres, Somme 1916, Arras 1917, Passchendaele, Cambrai &c. Roll of Hon., officers roll. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £85
[SIMON (Andr‚)] The Salient, The Somme, & Arras: Leaves from the Diary of a Bumble Bee, 1915-1917. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 106pp., 4to. Printed by Palmer, Sutton & Co. 1917  #54239
[HLMainPic] The celebrated writer on wine served as an Interpreter attached to the 50th Division: rare & unusual diaries recording life at HQ, in the rear areas & billets in France & Flanders. My father, a long time ago, heard Simon talk on wine. Among the questions after the talk was a rather simplistic one: "What is the best wine you have ever tasted?" After due consideration, the man who had sampled all the best vintages replied that during the war, after a very long march, a glass of rough country wine in a peasant billet was the most rewarding he had ever received. Orig. dec. paper wraps., little chipped, VG, with author's ink inscrip. to front wrap. "With the author's kindest regards to Colonel D.F. MacCarthy Morrogh Andr‚ L. Simon Stonyhurst Easter 1924" See illustration on our website.   £145
AINSWORTH (Capt. R.B., MC) Ed. The Story of the 6th Battalion the Durham Light Infantry: France, April 1915-November 1918. 1st Ed., 59pp. St. Catherine Press. 1919  #54039
[HLMainPic] Very scarce record of service with 50th (Norhumbrian) Div. at Ypres 1915 & 1917, the Somme, Arras &c. Rolls of officer casualties, COs, Adjutants & awards. Orig. maroon cloth, little stained, VG. See illustration on our website.   £85
AQUILA [Pseud. of DELIUS (Capt. J.D.)] With the Cavalry in the West. 1st Ed., 246pp., 8 plates by F.W. Reed, 2 maps. John Lane/Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1922  #57495
[HLMainPic] Unusual, & thus valuable, anonymous first-hand account by a junior officer: wartime Sandhurst course, then with a regiment of 2nd Cav. Div. (4th Hussars, 5th Cavd. Bde.) in France & Flanders from Oct. 1915-armistice inc. battles of Somme, Arras, Cambrai, March Retreat, Amiens & Final Advance. He records disappointments as, time after time, his regiment was held in readiness for a breakthrough but denied the opportunity to act; in between it was employed on working parties, dismounted infantry in trench warfare &c. The author was a troop commander & then adjt. during most of 1918. Orig. orange cloth, VG & very scarce with presentation inscrip. "With best wishes from the Author. Sept. 1922" - Delius was the younger brother of the famous composer Frederick Delius. See illustration on our website.   £120
ATKINSON (C.T.) The 7th Division 1914-1918. 1st Ed., x+529pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 35 maps. Murray. 1927  #50910
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Aug. 1914, all major operations up to 3rd Ypres then in Italy 1917-18. Order of Battle. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with ownership inscrip. of G.W. Howard, noted within as GSO1 7th Div. 1916-18, afterwards commanding a brigade in 48th Div. See illustration on our website.   £65
ATKINSON (C.T.) The 7th Division 1914-1918. 1st Ed., x+529pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 35 maps. Murray. 1927  #53058
Western Front from Aug. 1914, all major operations up to 3rd Ypres then in Italy 1917-18. Order of Battle. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, ex-circ. lib., sp. rubbed o/w VG.   £35

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