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Royal Fusiliers   15 Books
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COOPER (Eric Thirkell) Soliloquies of a Subaltern Somewhere in France. 3rd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., 52pp. Burns & Oates. Oct. 1915  #53706
[HLMainPic] Poetry from the trenches by an officer of the 2nd Bn. London Regt., Royal Fusiliers, T.F., VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
GIBSON (Ashley) Postscript to Adventure. 1st Ed., [vi]+212pp., portrait frontis., trench map rear ep. VG in chipped/torn dw. Dent. 1930  #55050
[HLMainPic] 20th Royal Fusiliers in France 1915-17 (Somme &c.) then 1st KAR in East Africa. Gibson was an author & critic, & edited the Outward Bound Library. Orig. yellow cloth, VG in chipped/torn dw (scarce in dw). See illustration on our website.   £50
GREY (Major W.E.) The 2nd City of London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) in the Great War 1914-19. 1st Ed., xxxiv+463pp., 4to, 42 photos., 28 maps. For the Regt. 1929  #56383
[HLMainPic] Substantial history: 1st Bn. on Western Front from Jan. 1915 inc. 2nd & 3rd Ypres, Somme, Arras, Cambrai, March Retreat, Amiens 1918 & Final Advance; 2nd Bn., Malta, Gallipoli & France. Roll of Hon. Orig. red & blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
HARVEY (H.E., DCM, MM) Battle-Line Narratives 1915-1918. 1st Ed., 255pp. Brentano's. 1928  #53147
Experiences with 1st UPS (Universities & Public Schools) Bn., 17th & 22nd Bns. Royal Fusiliers at Festubert, La Bass‚e, Somme, Cambrai &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, minor wear, sound.   £20
INGLIS (G.I.S.) The Kensington Battalion, "Never Lost a Yard of Trench." 1st Ed., 288pp., num. photos. & maps. VG in dw. Pen & Sword. 2010  #50284
[HLMainPic] In-depth study of the 22nd (S) Bn. Royal Fusiliers: its raising, training & services at Vimy, Somme, Arras &c.   £15
MILLAIS (J.G.) Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O., Capt. 25th Royal Fusiliers. 4th Imp., xi+387pp., portrait frontis., 15 plates. Longmans. 1919  #57468
[HLMainPic] Selous was born in 1851 & Ed. at Rugby. In 1870 he left England for South Africa with the intention of earning his living as a professional elephant hunter. He spent his twenties and thirties exploring and shooting his way through South and East Africa, the Congo Basin, Rhodesia &c., was awarded the Gold Medal of the RGS & other accolades. Served with irregular forces in Matabele Wars 1893 (wounded) and 1895. In 1915, aged sixty-four, he was given a commission in the 25th (S) Bn., Royal Fusiliers, the Frontiersmen Battalion. This unusual unit was raised in London in Feb. 1915 for service in East Africa and comprised many members of the Legion of Frontiersmen. Many of the volunteers were older men, worldly and experienced adventurers. In March 1915 they embarked for East Africa - uniquely without preliminary training - & saw much action over the following two-and-a-half years. After a year of service Selous was absent for some time as he had to return to England for an operation, but returned & was KiA leading an advance on Behobeho on 4/1/1917. He was twice Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO. A detailed account of his adventurous life by a friend (who shared in some of these adventures) with access to Selous' voluminous correspondenece to family members and friends (incl. Theodore Roosevelt). Includes letters written during the campaign in German East Africa. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
PACK (Col. Reynell, CB) Sebastopol Trenches & Five Months in Them. 1st Ed., xii+203pp., double page chromolitho. frontis of family orders & decorations, 2 panoramic views. Kerby & Endean. 1878  #55320
[HLMainPic] Pack served in the Crimea with the Royal Fusiliers & his memoirs were published posthumously, as the preface explains: "This volume would have appeared immediately after the Criman campaign, but as it contains strong comments on the capacity & qualifications of certain officers, its publication was deferred." Attractive full red morocco, nicely dec. boards, raised bands to sp., marbled endpapers, sp. sl. rubbed but easily VG or better & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £245
PACKE (Lt.-Col. E.C., DSO, OBE) An Empire Building Battalion: Being a History, with Reminiscences, of the 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Formed 1898. Disbanded 1922. 1st Ed., dup. typescript, 258pp., 4to, 6 maps. Privately printed for the author by Edgar Backus, Leicester. 1957  #56890
[HLMainPic] An account of the formation of this additional regular battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, much detail on peacetime service in Egypt & the Sudan, Bermuda, South Africa & Mauritius before 1914; then a short account of WW1 services in Flanders 1915, Salonika then Western Front again 1918. Orig. green cloth with leather sp. label, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
PATTERSON (Lt.-Col. J.H., DSO) With the Judaeans in the Palestine Campaign. 1st Ed., 279pp., portrait frontis., 21 photos., fldg. map. Hutchinson. 1922  #58283
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed account of the raising & services of the 38th (Jewish) Bn. Royal Fusiliers 1917-1919, Egypt & Palestine from March 1918. Roll of Hon., awards. "...well written & amusing" - Falls, awarding a star. Latterly rebound in blue cloth, gilt to sp., VG thus & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
SHEFFIELD (Gary) & INGLIS (G.I.S.) Eds. From Vimy Ridge to the Rhine: The Great War Letters of Christopher Stone DSO, MC. 1st Ed., 172pp., 10 photos., map. VG in dw. Ramsbury: Crowood. 1989  #27476
Signalling officer, 22nd (S) Bn. Royal Fusiliers in France from Nov. 1915: Vimy Ridge, Somme, Cambrai, 1918 campaign &c., latterly a divisional staff officer.   £15

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