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2nd Lieut. Charles Douglas Lucas Hill, 9th (S) Bn. Royal Sussex Regt., formerly 28th London Regt. (Artists' Rifles): Killed in Action 14th February 1916. Hard covered "Partridge & Cooper's" pocket diary during service in France with the 9th Sussex from 31/10/15 to 31/12/1915, 157x100mm, with short but interesting daily entries (see extracts below). 2/Lt. Hill was Killed in Action 14/2/1916 when he & his entire platoon were buried alive by the explosion of a German mine. He is buried in Menin Road South Cemetery, near Ypres.  #58346
[HLMainPic] Hill landed in France on 31/10/15 & joined 9th Sussex the following day (the battalion had arrived in France just two months before, on 1/9/15). He was posted to command No. 15 Platoon, "D" Coy. (Lt. Robertson) & spent the winter in the trenches of the Ypres Salient apart from a one week bombing course (14-20/11/15) & machine gun course (20-25/12/15). Experiences in & out of the line typical of the period. Some extracts: 1/11/15: "Left Hazebrouck for Poperinghe but break journey at Godeswaersvelde & from there proceeded by motor bus to Reninghelst to find Regt. up in trenches. Report to Adjutant but sent back to spend the night at Dickebusche"; 6/11/15: "Start away at 2.45 pm for the trenches. Arrive at trenches about 7.30 pm. We relieve the R. West Kents"; 7/11/15: "Spend quiet day in trenches. Not much doing. Trenches in very bad state & need a great deal of attention. Slept with Shaw in his dugout, but very uncomfortable"; 11/11/15: "Try & improve my portion of trench. Get some of superfluous water away. Bosche sends a few whizz bangs over. A very wet night, & turn in wet. Dugout starts to leak"; 16/12/15: "Orderly dog. Inspect & mount guards at nine, billets & turn out guard at 12. Complaints round at 12.45. Staff parade 9. Turned out guard at 10.30. Lecture on trench tactics given by Major"; 17/12/15: "Parade at 9.00. Give lecture on trench orders. Practice gas helmet drill. Bomb competition in afternoon. 13 & 14 [platoons] win first round. Raining"; 18/12/15: "Parade at 9.30. Finish bomb throwing competition. 13 defeat 14 very close finish. Soccer match between B & D, B win by 3-0. Knight & Matthews come over & stop for tea." Useful but brief diary, mentioning a dozen or so other officers of the battalion, together with photocopies of Hill's personal file & WD extracts. See illustrations on our website.   £275

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BIDDER (Major H.F., DSO ["Orex"]) Three Chevrons. 1st Ed., ix+241pp. Bodley Head (On Active Service series). 1919  #58298
[HLMainPic] Letters of a regular officer, 2nd Sussex, Western Front 1914-16 & 1917 as Bde. MG Officer, commander of an MG Coy., an infantry bn. & on the staff. The 'chevrons' of the title refer to the service chevrons worn on the right sleeve for each year of overseas service, blue for 1914-15 & red for each subsequent year. Orig. dec. cloth, VG & very scarce volume in the 'On Active Service' series. This copy with a superb presentation inscrip. to a brother officer: "S.D. Carson from H.F.B. in memory of the best Machine Gun Company in France & in recognition of much good work specially at Trones Wood July 1916. Aug. 1919." (Note Carson was Ed. at Glasgow Univ., commissioned in 7th [S] Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers 15/1/1915 & appointed Lt. in the MGC [Infantry] 6/7/1916). See illustration on our website.   £145
BLUNDEN (Edmund) Undertones of War. 1st Ed., 5th Imp. (Februaryl 1929), xv+317pp. VG in dw. Cobden-Sanderson. 1929  #55393
[HLMainPic] Classic Western Front memoir of front-line service with 11th Royal Sussex. Orig. black cloth, very nice copyb in near fine dw. See illustration on our website.   £75
DU MOULIN (Lt.-Col. L.E.) Two Years on Trek, Being Some Account of the Royal Sussex Regiment in South Africa. 1st Ed., vi+323+xipp., 9 maps (one fldg.). Murray & Co., Brompton Rd. 1907  #48457
[HLMainPic] Excellent account of 1st Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. in South Africa 1900-02: Diamond Hill, Bloemfontein, Lindley &c. Awards roll. Details of 13th & 21st MI in appendices. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, unevenly sunned & somewhat worn but sound throughout. See illustration on our website.   £50
FAZAN (Col. E.A.C., MC, TD) Cinque Ports Battalion: The Story of the 5th Bn. The Royal Sussex (TA) formerly 1st Cinque Ports Rifle Volunteer Corps. 1st Ed., xv+176pp., illus. VG ex-lib. in dw. For the Regt. 1971  #57925
[HLMainPic] Including WW1 France & Italy, WW2 Dunkirk, Middle East & PAIFORCE. VG ex-lib. in dw. See illustration on our website.   £25
LYTTON (Major Hon. Neville) The Press & the General Staff. 1st Ed., xvii+232pp., 12 plates. Collins. 1920  #58456
[HLMainPic] 11th Sussex & Brigade staff until called to GHQ to set up a foreign press mission after the Somme, with author's appealing Western Front sketches. Relates numerous outspoken views & opinions. "His account of the representatives of the Press on the Western Front & the regulations under which they worked is always readable, & sometimes, as in the story of an interview given by Lord Haig & its repercussions in political quarters at home, of importance." - Falls. Orig. black cloth, gilt, rather worn ex-lib. but sound & complete. See illustration on our website.   £15
POWELL-EDWARDS (Lt.-Col. H.I.) The Sussex Yeomanry & 16th (Sussex Yeo.) Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 398pp., 45 photos., 7 fldg. maps, sketches in text. Melrose. 1921  #57628
[HLMainPic] Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine & Western Front. Detailed officers' services. Nominal roll noting casualties, awards &c. Orig. dec. red cloth, gilt, somewhat worn, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £50




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