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A History of the 10th (Service) Bn. The East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xix+204pp., 40 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket + 4 in text. Hull: Brown. 1937  #57130
[HLMainPic] France March 1916 after brief service in Egypt, involved in preparation for the attack at Serre 1/7/16 but were not called upon as the preceding waves failed so completely. Arras & Vimy Ridge 1917, German Spring Offensive, Final Advance &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
Christian Creswell Carver. 1st Ed., 376pp., real photo. portrait frontis. Birmingham: Printed for Private Circulation by Cornish Bros. 1920  #57557
[HLMainPic] Christian Carver was born in 1897, Ed. Rugby & the RMA Woolwich: he was commissioned in April 1915 & served with D Batt., 84 Bde., 18th Div. Artillery, proceeding to France with the unit at the end of July 1915. On reorganisation in May 1916 his battery was renamed C Batt., 85th Bde., & in Dec. 1916 his entire section was sent to A Batt., 83rd Bde. Lt. Carver was wounded by a shell 23/7/17 near Ypres & Died of Wounds at 10.50 p.m. the same day at 17th CCS, Remy Siding, Lijssenthoek. His grave is in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Contains interesting & touching letters full of domestic detail, notes on life in the trenches (where he was often placed as a FOO) & his work in the Battery. On 1st July 1916 he was Liaison Officer with the 8th East Surreys during their attack on Montauban & was commended for this work. Concludes with extracts from letters of condolence from brother officers. Orig. grey paper covered boads with wheat cloth spine with paper label. VG & rare, inscribed "To May Green from Annie J.H. Carver, January 1931." See illustration on our website.   £245
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
History of the 1st & 2nd Bns. North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales') 1914-1923. 1st Ed., [vii]+120pp., 4to, 4 plates, 8 maps & plans. Longton, Staffs: Hughes & Harber. nd 1933  #57680
[HLMainPic] Almost entirely 1st Bn., Western Front from Sept. 1914, 17 Bde., 6th Div., with a short account of the 2nd Bn. on the NWF & in Afghanistan 1919. Casualty statistics, awards roll. Orig. brown cloth, gilt to front, sl. chipped, generally VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £100
History of the 359 (4th West Lancs.) Medium Regiment R.A. (T.A.) 1859-1959. 1st Ed., x+214pp., num. photos. inc. many portraits, ep maps. Liverpool: Privately Printed. 1959  #57578
[HLMainPic] WW1 4th West Lancs. Howitzer Bde. RFA, Western Front; WW2 59th (BEF 1940, NW Europe 1944-45) & 68th Medium Regt. (Western Desert inc. Tobruk). Officers rolls &c. Sp. sl. rubbed o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
History of the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles. 1st Ed., xvi+489pp., col. frontis., 26 photos., 14 maps. Printed for the Regt. 1921  #53057
Detailed history: 1st Bn. Western Front 1915-18; 2nd Bn. F&F briefly then Palestine & back to France in 1918. Nominal roll, awards &c. VG ex-IWM lib.   £25
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 Northamptonshire Regiment 1914-1918. 1st Ed., [ix]+366pp., end-pocket map. Aldershot: G&P. nd  #57700
[HLMainPic] Mostly Western Front from Mons onwards, also Gallipoli & Palestine. Roll of awards. Orig. blue cloth, rubbed & worn but sound, with pencil ownership inscrip. of Maj.-Gen. G.StG. Robinson [CB, DSO, MC], who was commissioned in the regiment in 1907, commanded the 1st Bn. 1917-18 & is mentioned a number of times in the text. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £165
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 Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. Pearson.  #57527
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25

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