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Warwickshire Regiment   7 Books
No. 30838 Pte. Horace Ivor Leonard, 14th (S) Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment, KiA 1st July 1917 [And:] No. 203250 Pte. Evan John Leonard, 2/6th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of pneumonia, 16th January 1919.  #58272
[HLMainPic] Letters to Gwendoline Leonard at Wotton-under-Edge, Glos., 1916-1919 from her brothers Horace & Jack: tragically neither came home from the war. (i) Horace Ivor Leonard: three letters from Bristol in 1915 & five from France/Flanders dated 14/9/16; 19/1/17; 9/4/17; 9/5/17 & 16/6/17. Was a shopworker in Bristol prior to enlisting in the Gloucestershire Regiment; served in 5 Plt. "X" Coy. 12th/14th (S) Bn. Glosters., KiA 1/7/17 & buried in Villers-Guislain Communal Cemetery (During the night of 31st June/1st August 14th Glos. repelled several German raids, suffering two killed & eight wounded). (ii) Evan John (Jack) Leonard: eight letters from France/Flanders, 14//11/16; 6/2/17; 23/4/17; 7/6/17; 21/8/17; 27/9/17; 21/12/17 & 14/1/18. Survived two years at the Front only to die of pneumonia on 16th Jan. 1919. He is buried in Enschede Eastern General Cemetery, near the German border in Holland. (possibly while a returning PoW). (iii) Gwendoline Leonard's membership card for the Children's Scripture Union (1916), band of Hope attendance card sveral related family documents &c., plus a leter to Jack in France, May 1916, who had been concerned about his safety, & one from Horace to Jack, May 1917, while both were in France. Small but intersting archive, around 30 items in all, most of the letters being 3-4pp., including some account of both brothers' experience of active service. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £145
BOWATER (Hon. Col. Sir William H.) Ed. Birmingham City Battalions Book of Honour. 1st Ed., [viii]+424pp., num. group photos. Manchester: Sherratt & Hughes. 1919  #56154
[HLMainPic] Contains fine group photos. of the officers, NCOs, Drums, & each platoon of the 14th, 15th & 16th (Service) Bns. Royal Warwickshire Regiment prior to their departure for France. A roll of each platoon (or other group) is provided, but the men in the photos. are not individually identified (although it is possible to work out who the officers & many of the NCOs are). Also contains a short history of the battalions in France, a list of those awarded commissions &c., rolls of employees of numerous Birmingham commercial companies who served in the war & their units (with index of these companies). Orig. blue cloth, titled in black, covs. somewhat rubbed & worn, internally VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
CADDICK-ADAMS (Peter) By God They Can Fight: A History of 143rd Infantry Brigade 1908 to 1995. 1st Ed., A4 format, orig. limp wraps., [vii]+203pp., photos., sketch maps &c. Shrewsbury: 143rd (West Midlands) Bde. 1995  #57040
[HLMainPic] Detailed history inc. WW1 46th (South Midland) Div., Western Front (Somme, Passchendaele &c.) then Italy in 1918; WW2 with BEF in 1940, evacuated from Dunkirk, Home Defence thereafter. Much interesting information. See illustration on our website.   £20
CARRINGTON (Charles) Soldier from the Wars Returning. 1st Ed., 287pp., frontis., 3 maps. dw. Hutchinson. 1965  #46090
Classic war memoirs, York & Lancs. then 5th Warwicks, Western Front inc. Somme & Passchendaele (MC). The author also wrote 'A Subalterns War' (1929) under the name Charles Edmonds. VG ex-Boots in worn dw.   £10
EDMONDS (Charles) [Pseud. of CARRINGTON (Charles)] A Subaltern's War: Being a Memoir of the Great War from the point of view of a Romantic young Man, with candid accounts of two particular battles, written shortly after they occurred, & an Essay on Militarism. 3rd Imp., 224pp., 8 plates, 2 maps. VG in somewhat worn dw. Davies. 1929  #55047
[HLMainPic] One of the classic Western Front memoirs: with 1/5th Warwicks inc. Somme 1916 & 3rd Battle of Ypres, to which Falls awarded two stars, noting that: "The writer... has accomplished a great deal in this fine book... he has blown to smithereens the pretence, which was being elaborately built up by entirely worthy anti-war propagandists, that the soldier had no resource than to whine & curse beneath the weight of his dangers, sufferings & discomforts... he shows that ordinary men endured it without becoming the shambling, woebegone spectres so often depicted... Mr Edmonds lets us see how & why the real men were victorious against the best." Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & very rare in dw (this with a little loss at head & foot of sp., but nice copy.) See illustration on our website.   £120
FAUGHNAN (Thomas, late Col.-Sgt., 2nd Bn. 6th Royal Regt.) Stirring Incidents in the Life of a British Soldier: An Autobiography. 2nd Ed., 360pp., portrait frontis. Toronto: Hunter, Rose & Co. 1880  #31505
Served 1857-68 in the 2nd Bn. 6th Ft. inc. over 100pp. on the Crimean War & expedition to Kinburn. Orig. green cloth, gilt, a little worn & shaken.   £18
HALDANE (Lt.-Gen. Sir Aylmer, KCB, DSO) A Brigade of the Old Army 1914. 1st Ed., vii+149pp., 2 maps (one fldg.). Edward Arnold. 1920  #57141
[HLMainPic] Brigade commander's history of 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Div. (1st Warwicks; 2nd Seaforths; 1st RIF & 2nd Dublins) from August-November 1914 inc. Le Cateau, the Retreat, the Aisne & the Race for the Sea. "These early records are invaluable, & contain an atmosphere that no subsequent historical research can replace" - Falls. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125




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