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The 23rd London Regiment 1798-1919. Compiled from Contributions by Former Officers of the Regiment. 1st Ed., xvi+188pp., col. frontis., 7 maps. Times Pubg. Co. Ltd. 1936  #52421
[HLMainPic] Almost entirely (apart from the first short chapter) WW1: 1st Bn. in France inc. Givenchy, Loos, Somme, Ypres, Messines, Bourlon Wood & 1918 battles; 2nd Bn. in Salonika & Palestine then briefly in Flanders in 1918. Roll of Hon. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
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
COOKSON (Mrs Roger) Ed. The Boy With the Guns: By the Late Lieut. George W. Taylor, Royal Field Artillery, B.A., Barrister at Law. Arranged by His Sister... From Notes & Letters. With an Intro. by Sir James Crichton-Browne [his Grandfather]. 1st Ed., xliv+197pp., portrait frontis., plate (of his original wooden grave marker), 3 maps (of the Serbian campaign, from sketches by the subject). John Lane (On Active Service series). 1919  #57982
[HLMainPic] George William Taylor was born in 1892, Ed. at Eton ("as far as his education was concerned his time at Eton was largely wasted. His talent was mathematical, his taste was for natural science, but he was forced through the usual dry classical study, which tended to dwarf rather than to develop his faculties... but he always acquitted himself with credit...") & Trinity College, Cambridge. Taylor was reading for the Bar when war came & on 15/8/14 he was commissioned in the RFA. He served at Gallipoli then with the 10th (Irish) Div. in Salonika until invalided with sickness. While recuperating in London he was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1916. In April 1917 he was posted to France & there wounded on 5/6/17 during preparations for the Battle of Messines, returning again to England for treatment. He sailed for France for the last time on 17/8/17 & Died of wounds (gas poisoning incurred on the night of 1st/2nd Nov.) on 9/11/17 whilst serving with "A" Batt., 150th Army Bde. RFA. Contains an account he wrote of his experiences in Serbia, his letters from France, extracts from letters from his CO describing the manner of his passing & (in the introduction-cum-memoir by his Grandfather) other extracts relating to his good conduct at Messines &c., for which he had been recommended for the MC (which he never received & for which his Grandfather lobbied in vain after his death). Orig. blue cloth, blindstamped & titled in black to front & spine, sp. tanned o/w VG, rare & desirable memoir. See illustration on our website.   £165
EDMONDS (Sir James) Military Operations France & Belgium 1914 Part II: Antwerp, La Bassee, Armentieres, Messines & Ypres, Oct.-Nov. 1914. Text + mapacse, 1st Ed., xxxiii+548pp., 18 sketch maps in text + 40 fldg. maps in matching mapcase. Macmillan. 1925  #52540
[HLMainPic] Orig. red cloth, text VG, mapcase somewhat worn but sound. See illustration on our website.   £75
EDMONDS (Sir James) Military Operations France & Belgium 1917 Part II: 7th June-10th November, Messines & 3rd Ypres (Passchendaele). 1st Ed., xl+489pp., 8 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket + 29 sketch maps. HMSO. 1948  #58032
[HLMainPic] Very scarce 'Passchendaele' volume, issued without separate mapcase. Orig. red cloth, gilt, little marking to sp. o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £245
FALLS (Cyril, formerly Capt.) The History of the First Seven Battalions of the Royal Irish Rifles in the Great War. 1st Ed., 188pp., 4to, 3 illus., 19 fldg. maps. Aldershot: Gale & Polden (For Private Circulation). 1925  #56694
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Mons & Le Cateau onwards (much on Somme, Messines &c.), Gallipoli, Macedonia. Roll of Hon., awards. Handsome & extremely scarce history, orig. green cloth, gilt, inner joints nealy repaired, small snag to sp. o/w VG. See illustrations on our website.   £265
GLADDEN (Norman) Ypres 1917: A Personal Account. 1st Ed., 192pp., 2 maps. VG in dw. Kimber. 1967  #55780
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed account from the ranks, 7th & 11th Bns. North'd. Fus., Battles of Messines & 3rd Ypres, Menin Road Ridge & Passchendaele. VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
GRAY (Brig. John H., CBE, ED) From the Uttermost Ends of the Earth: The New Zealand Division on the Western Front 1916-1918, A History & Guide to its Battlefields. 1st Ed., 408pp., large 8vo, profusely illustrated with col. & b/w photos. & artwor, num. maps. VG in dw. Christchucrh, NZ: Wilson Scott Publishing. 2010  #55577
[HLMainPic] An impressive & very well illustrated history & guide to the NZ Division's operations in France & Flanders. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
HAIG (FM Sir Douglas) The Private Papers of Douglas Haig 1914-1918. Ed. by Robert Blake. 1st Ed., 383pp., portrait frontis., plate, 3 maps. VG in dw. E&S. 1952  #35215
Important selections from DH's diaries & correspondence by an essentially political historian, the publication of which "could still evoke a sense of shock amongst those not already privy to what one reader called 'the petty jealousies that pervaded high places.'" - David French in "The First World War & British Military History." The new edition of Haig's papers edited by Gary Sheffield is a more military selection. VG in dw.   £10
HARINGTON (Gen. Sir Charles) Tim Harington Looks Back. 1st Ed., vii+288pp., portrait frontis., 13 plates, 3 maps. Murray. 1940  #57238
[HLMainPic] King's Regt. from Sandhurst 1892, Boer War, able staff officer & in 1914 on Directorate of Mobilization, Plumer's BGGS in Second Army in France &c. (& later Plumer's biographer.) Post-war loyal DCIGS to Henry Wilson then GOC Allied Forces of Occupation in Constantinople during Chanak Affair &c. VG in chipped dw & very scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £45

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