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Gordon Highlanders   9 Books
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[HAY (Capt. M.V.)] Wounded & a Prisoner of War. By An Exchanged Officer. 1st Ed., viii+316pp., frontis., 15 plates. Blackwood. 1916  #49732
[HLMainPic] 3rd (Special Reserve) Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders with BEF in 1914 incl. a good account of the Battle of Mons. The author, badly wounded, was captured in the Retreat. The jacket blurb (jacket not present on this copy) stated: "Major Hay was amongst the first batch of officers exchanged, & his story is grim realism & truth. It gives a realistic account of Mons & the Retreat." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear. See illustration on our website.   £65
FALLS (Cyril) The Gordon Highlanders in the First World War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xv+276pp., 21 sketch maps. Aberdeen Univ. Press. 1958  #57894
[HLMainPic] Western Front (Somme, Arras, Ypres &c.) & Italy. Orig. green cloth, gilt, sp. little sunned o/w VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
GARDYNE (Lt.-Col. C. Greenhill) The Life of a Regiment: The History of the Gordon Highlanders: Vol.II, 1816-1898 (including an Account of the 75th Regt. from 1787-1881). 2nd Imp., xxiv+346pp., col. plates, photos., maps & plans. Medici. 1929  #53007
Vol. II only inc. Crimea & Indian Mutiny, Second Afghan War, Transvaal War, Gordon Relief Expedition, Tirah 1897 &c. Later red cloth ex-lib RHQ Grenadier Guards. Sound reference copy.   £12
HAY (Major M.V.) Wounded & a Prisoner of War. Popular Ed., viii+316pp., frontis., 15 plates. Fine in dw. Blackwood. 1930  #57892
[HLMainPic] 3rd (SR) Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders, BEF 1914 incl. a good account of Mons. The author, badly wounded, was captured in the Retreat. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, fine in dw & very scarce thus, with author inscrip. "To Nicolas Buckhurst from the author. April 1945 Aberdeen." Jacket note states "Major Hay was amongst the first batch of officers exchanged, & his story is grim realism & truth. It gives a realistic account of Mons & the Retreat." Very nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £125
ROSS (Capt. Robert B.) The Fifty-First in France. 1st Ed., 313pp., 14 plates. H&S. 1918  #54547
[HLMainPic] Western Front, May 1915-Dec. 1916 with 7th Gordon Highlanders: "This book is half way between personal reminiscence & an episodic history of the 51st Division" - Falls. Orig. blue cloth with paper onlay to front, lacks ffep o/w VG & a comparatively good copy. See illustration on our website.   £30
RULE (Alexander, MC, MA) Students Under Arms: Being the War Adventures of the Aberdeen University Company of the Gordon Highlanders. 1st Ed., xvi+220pp., map. VG in sl. chipped dw. Aberdeen Univ. Press. 1934  #55394
[HLMainPic] Rare account of "U" Coy., 4th Gordon Highlanders (TF), 51st (Highland) Div., Flanders from Feb. 1915, in the line at Kemmel, Hill 60, St. Eloi, the Bluff &c. then devastated in diversionary attack at Hooge 25/9/15 (first day of Loos) & lost its unique identity within the BEF. Author was among the wounded. Orig. black cloth, gilt, VG & rare, especially in the attractive dw. See illustration on our website.   £145
SOMMERS (Cecil) [Pseud. of DOWNS (N.C.S.)] Temporary Heroes. 2nd Ed., 244pp., 7 drawings by the author. John Lane/Bodley Head. 1917  #52718
[HLMainPic] Informing as well as most amusing anecdotes of service in France/Belgium (mainly the Salient) in 1915 by a territorial officer of the Gordon Highlanders. Orig. green cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
TAYLOR (William) & DIACK (Peter) Student & Sniper-Sergeant: A Memoir of J.K. Forbes, MA, 4th Gordon Highlanders, Who Died for his Country, 25 September 1915. 1st Ed., viii+182pp., portrait frontis. H&S. 1916  #58265
[HLMainPic] John Keith Forbes was born in Aberdeen in 1883, was indentured as a pupil teacher aged fourteen & later a student at Aberdeen University. Graduating M.A. in 1905 he became a schoolteacher until 1912 when he entered the Theological College of the United Free Church. In 1914 he enlisted in the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders (TF), posted to "U" (University) Company, which was affiliated to the Aberdeen University. KiA 25th Sept. 1915, aged thirty-two, and commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. Includes extracts from his letters & diary during training at Bedford including a kit inspection ("another of the marvels of military life"). In Feb. 1915 the Battalion left Bedford for the Front & the remaining ninety pages consist of a detailed & interesting account of Forbes's active service experiences. These reveal a natural talent for soldiering & an aptitude for finding his way around the trenches without getting lost, even in the dark, consequently he was "always in demand for guiding parties to or from the trenches, &… spent very little of his time indoors." Observing the domination of the front line by German snipers (& their "merciless and ceaseless watch"), "Forbes saw that the only way to stop this was to have British snipers equally well hidden & equally well trained, and to this problem he quietly gave his mind." In June 1915 he was appointed Sergeant of the Snipers, "a section which he organized & trained to utterly confound the German crack shots" & there is a good account of this work on the line around Ypres etc. He lost his life in a diversionary attack near Sanctuary Wood, when, in the thick of the action on the German third line, and already wounded in the leg, he was struck by a shell and killed instantly. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. Nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £145
WATT (Lauchlan Maclean, CF) In France & Flanders with the Fighting Men. 1st Ed., xii+208pp. VG in dw. H&S. 1917  #58075
[HLMainPic] Several months as Padre at "one of the saddest hospitals in France, up at the Advanced Base" followed by attachments to the Gordon Highlanders on the Somme & Ancre & with the Black Watch in the Ypres Salient, &c. Near fine in VG dw & very scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £220

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