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Light Infantry   53 Books
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A Short History of the Sixth Battalion the Durham Light Infantry. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., [iii]+30pp., map. Bardnard Castle: Teesdale Mercury Press. 1939  #58334
[HLMainPic] Short accounts of services in Boer War & WW1 on the Western Front, together with a note of locations of Annual Camp 1888-1938, roll of Commanding Officers. Orig. dec. card wraps. VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
History of the 4th Bn. The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's) in the Campaign in North-West Europe, June, 1944-May, 1945. 1st Ed., 140pp., 14 maps. Taunton: Phoenix Press, For Private Circulation Only in the Somerset Light Infantry. nd  #57150
[HLMainPic] From Normandy to the Elbe inc. Hill 112, Mount Pincon, the assault crossing of the Seine, Cleve, Xanten & Bremen, Rhine Crossing &c. Roll of Hon., awards (inc. citations), rolls of officers & WOs (HQ & Rifle Coys., &c.). Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
K.O.Y.L.I. Regimental Standing Orders 1933. viii+204ipp. Aldershot: G&P. 1933  #50738
[HLMainPic] Customary regimental regulations &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £10
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 Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Bn.) Record of War Service 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 136pp., 30 plates, map. Glasgow: Clark. 1920  #55278
[HLMainPic] A 'Pals' battalion; F&F 1915-18 (Somme 1/7/16 at Mouquet Farm where Sgt. Turnbull won a VC; Beaumont Hamel; Messines; Passchendaele &c.). Nominal roll, awards. Orig. grey & red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £50
The Standing Orders of the 1st V.B. The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 1904. [ii]+55+vipp. Wakefield: W.H. Milnes, Printer & Publisher. 1904  #50737
[HLMainPic] Customary regimental regulations &c. Quite unusual Volunteer Bn. S/Os. See illustration on our website.   £12
[MANNING (Frederic)] Her Privates We. By Private 19022. 8th Imp., vii+453pp. VG in dw. Peter Davies. 1937.  #57115
[HLMainPic] The expurgated text of The Middle Parts of Fortune, the classic account of Manning's experiences in the ranks of the 7th KSLI. Very nice, fine copy of 8th Imp., in 7th Imp. dw: noted for the striking cloth design of the original edition, there were then several reprints with plain cloth & wrappers, then just two impressions appear to have been issued with the very attractive illustrated jacket which this copy retains. 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
BARRETT (C.R.B.) Ed. The 85th King's Light Infantry (Now 2nd Bn. he King's Shropshire Light Infantry). By "One of Them," 1st Ed., xx+551pp., col. frontis., 41 plates (inc. 11 col. plates of uniforms), 12 maps. Spottiswoode & Co. 1913  #53162
Substantial volume including campaigns in the Low Countries, Peninsular War, New Orleans 1814, Afghanistan 1879-80 & Boer War 1899-1902. Includes details of officers' services. Awards &c.noted in text. Later blue cloth with red leather label to sp., little stained at extremities, pp.133-150 supplied in photostat. Inexpensive text & complete with col. plates of uniforms, fldg. maps &c.   £15
CHALMERS (T.) Ed. A Saga of Scotland: History of the 16th Battalion The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment). 1st Ed., xvi+174pp., 28 plates (inc. maps). Glasgow: McCallum & Co. 1930  #50033
[HLMainPic] F&F from Nov. 1915 inc. 1/7/16 at Beaumont Hamel, the epic of Munich Trench &c. Nominal rolls, casualties, awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little marked & worn, about VG. See illustration on our website.   £45

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