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Ypres 1915   14 Books
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9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xvi+568pp., 16 photos., 83 maps (some fldg.). VG in sl. chipped dw. Liverpool: Littlebury Bros. 1936  #56873
[HLMainPic] Substantial & very rare history inc. Western Front, Gallipoli, Mespot. & Macedonia. Orig. green cloth, gilt, ex-AMOT, VG thus in dw with laid-in note from joint-author [Major] H.T. MacMullen to Cecily Nicholson "in fond memory of her gallant & distinguished Father" i.e., Maj.-Gen. Sir Lothian Nicholson, KCB, CMG, a former Colonel of the Regt., & joint author. See illustration on our website.   £225
[RICHARDSON (James C.)] The Living, And the Living Dead, By An Old Soldier: Ruminations, Whims, Fancies, Jokes & Philosophies with A Batch of War Experiences Thrown in After 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 206pp. Arthur H. Stockwell. [1923].  #56138
[HLMainPic] Several curious chapters of philosophising preface the author's main war memoirs. He had apparently served in the Boer war, rushed to enlist at the Whitehall Recruiting Office on 4th August 1914, where he was kept as a clerk in the recruiting of others. In November he left Whitehall for Aldershot then for France in December where he was attached (with the Military Mounted Police - MiC refers) to 5th Cav. Bde. HQ, invalided by a kick from a horse in May 1915, he went out to Egypt in Jan. 1916, was i/c XV Corps HQ (MP details presumably - he mentions that one of his duties at Port said was looking out for spies) then with 22 Div. HQ in Salonika & Macedonia. He observed some interesting events in Flanders & the Middle East & makes interesting comments on the local inhabitants of the countries in which he served, the relationship between the French/Flemish peasants & the British soldiery, &c. Orig. blue/green cloth, gilt to front & sp., minor wear, generally VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £75

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AITKEN (Sir Max) Canada in Flanders: The Official Story of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Vol. I, with Preface by Bonar Law & Intro. by Sir Robert Borden, 12th Ed., xx+247pp, maps & sketches. VG in split/worn dw. H&S. 1916  #53810
[HLMainPic] A popular official account. Aitken, raised to the peerage as Baron Beaverbrook in 1917, was Canadian Record Oficer in 1914. Falls states "He has here writen a brilliant & moving account of the early career of the 1st Canadian Div., including the story of the gas attack at Ypres... a fine condensed narrative." Orig. cloth, VG in chipped & worn dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 8: The Western Front 1915-1918, Epilogue, 1919-1939. 1st Ed., xxv+397pp., 55 photos., num. sketches, 23 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1997  #56930
[HLMainPic] Final volume of the standard & acclaimed history of the British cavalry. Uncommon. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
BEAVERBROOK (Lord) Canada in Flanders: Vol. II of The Official Story of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1st Ed., xx+258pp, maps & sketches. H&S. 1917  #56382
[HLMainPic] A popular official account. Max Aitken, raised to the peerage as Baron Beaverbrook in 1917, was Canadian Record Oficer in 1914. Falls states "He has here written a brilliant & moving account of the early career of the 1st Canadian Div., including the story of the gas attack at Ypres... a fine condensed narrative." Orig. red cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
BURROWS (J.W.) Essex Units in the War 1914-1919: 2nd Bn. The Essex Regiment. 1st Ed., 2nd Imp., xxvi+203pp., col. frontis., c.80 photos., 9 maps. VG in chipped/worn dw. Southend: Burrows. 1927  #57606
[HLMainPic] Western Front throughout 1914-18. Orig. cloth, gilt, VG. in chipped & worn dw with interesting notes covering two of the blank prelims, detailing the career of Cpl. William James Sharpington of "B" Coy., who enlisted in 1919 aged 16, with details of his postings & promotions in 1st & 2nd Bns., inc. service in Ireland, Malta, Turkey & India until his transfer to the Army Reserve in 1928. See illustration on our website.   £50
CORRIGAN (Gordon) Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914-1915. 1st Ed., xiv+274pp., 16 plates, 9 maps. Staplehurst: Spellmount. 1999  #54525
[HLMainPic] An introduction to the subject. First & second Ypres, Festubert, Neuve Chapelle, Loos. Original hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
HALDANE (Gen. Sir Aylmer) A Soldier's Saga: Autobiography. 1st Ed., x+408pp., 33 plates. Blackwood. 1948  #57631
Gordon Highlanders 1882; NWF, Boer War (escaped from PoW camp with Churchill). Commanded 10th Inf. Bde. & 3rd Div., France 1914-16; VI Corps France 1916-18 (includes Retreat from Mons, Battles of Ypres, Somme, Arras, Cambrai & Final Advance in 1918); GOC Mesopotamia 1920-21. Orig. red cloth, sp. chipped, o/w sound, inscribed "To my old friend from Aylmer Haldane," ink stamp of Eton Manor, Middleton Stoney, generally VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £50
MCCLUNG (N.L.) Three Times & Out, told by Private [M.C.] Simmons. 1st Ed., xi+247pp., portrait frontis., 13 plates. Toronto: Allen. 1918  #52521
[HLMainPic] Canadian serving with 7th Bn. CEF, wounded & captured at 2nd Ypres, April 1915; sixteen months PoW at Giessen & several other camps. He made three escape attempts, the last one (absconding from a working party weeding turnips) being successful. Orig. dec. blue cloth, little rubbed, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45

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