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Coldstream Guards   7 Books
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FEILDING (Lt.-Col. Rowland C., DSO) War Letters to a Wife, France & Flanders 1915-1919. 3rd Imp., xv+382pp., 16 photos., ep map. Medici. 1929  #37537
Service with 3rd Coldstream F&F 1915-16, then command 6th (S) Bn. Connaught Rangers on the Somme & later 1/15th Londons until the end of the war. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG.   £25
MEINERTZHAGEN (Col. Richard) The Life of a Boy: Daniel Meinertzhagen 1925-1944. 1st Ed., [ix]+181pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates. VG in dw. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd. 1947  #47682
[HLMainPic] Richard Meinertzhagen's memoir of his oldest son, incorporating letters from Winchester, Sandhurst & On Active Service with 4th Coldstream in Normandy & on to the Low Countries until he was Killed in Action (aged 19) on 2/10/1944 in the Reichswald. The active service letters provide interesting information on his campaign experience with the 29th Armoured Brigade. Nice copy in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
O'RORKE (Rev. B.G., CF) In the Hands of the Enemy: Being the Experiences of a Prisoner of War. 1st Ed., 112pp., 6 plates, sketches & plans in text. Longmans. 1916  #51813
[HLMainPic] Chaplain 4th Fd. Ambulance, captured with the Coldstream wounded at Landrecies (of which he gives a full account) in 1914; PoW at Torgau, Burg & Magdeburg; repatriated July 1915. Rebound, modern red cloth, VG with title from orig. front wrap. laid down to front. See illustration on our website.   £30
O'RORKE (Rev. B.G., CF) In the Hands of the Enemy: Being the Experiences of a Prisoner of War. 2nd Imp., 112pp., 6 plates, sketches & plans in text. Longmans. 1916  #53912
[HLMainPic] Chaplain 4th Fd. Ambulance, captured with the Coldstream wounded at Landrecies (of which he gives a full account) in 1914; PoW at Torgau, Burg & Magdeburg; repatriated July 1915 & returned to active duty in France. Loosely inserted is a letter from the author, from A.P.O. S/2 B.E.F. dated Nov. 23, 1916: "Dear Bowman, I hear you are going to be married. This gives me an excellent opportunity of discharging myself of a promise made to you when you were in hospital at Bethune & hitherto never fulfilled. The enclosed book is the promise in question. You have no doubt long forgotten the incident... I am Yours Sincerely B.G. O'Rorke Chaplain to the D.C.G." Orig. dec. wheat cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £90
PLATT (Capt. Ernest) Leave to Speak, by a Claims Officer. 1st Ed., 79pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates. Stockwell. nd (c.1920s).  #55834
[HLMainPic] 3rd Bn. Coldstream in France from Jan. 1915 & on formation of the Guards Div. was appointed Divisional Claims Officer, dealing with civilian compensation claims, based at Poperinghe, Merville &c. Quirkily interesting & the only account of such work that I am aware of. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
ROSS OF BLADENSBURG (Lt.-Col. Sir John) The Coldstream Guards 1914-1918. Vol. II. 1st Ed., [vi]+546pp. Oxford: OUP. 1921  #42118
This vol. includes Western Front from the end of 1916 onwards. Orders of battle with rolls of officers in different bns. This vol. also contains notes on officers' services, awards, roll of promotions from the ranks. Handsome work, orig. blue cloth, silver & gilt, VG.   £30
WHIDBORNE (M.) Ed. George Ferris Whidborne MC: His Life & Surroundings 1890-1915. 1st Ed., 422pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates. Glasow: Printed by Maclehose, For Private Circulation. 1917  #58157
[HLMainPic] Whidborne was eldest son of George Ferris Whidborne & Margaret Whidborne, of Hammerwood House, East Grinstead, Sussex. Ed. at Harrow & commissioned in the Coldstream Guards, Special Reserve, in August 1914. To 3rd Bn. in France in October 1914 and won the MC in April 1915 rescuing men from a mineshaft (a brother officer provided his mother with some details: "...he was very prominent in rescuing the miners from the mine at Givenchy, going down & along the shaft at the bottom, & helping to carry the men who were gassed." He was wounded on 21st June 1915 & returned to England for treatment but, shortly after returning to the Front he was again wounded while out with a wiring party during the night of 23/24 October: "The Germans commenced bombing & one burst close to your son. He was wounded in several places in the right leg, & a small wound in the back. I reached him almost as soon as he was brought back into our trench. I dressed him & gave him some morphia." So wrote the Bn. M.O., but he died of wounds that afternoon. aged twenty-five. His grave is in Bethune Town Cemetery. Detailed memoirs with much on his service in France. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. Loosely inserted slip "With Mrs. Whidborne's kind regards" & publisher's advertisement for the book (although printed For Private Circulation) also inserted. See illustration on our website.   £225

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