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STEEL (Col. J.P.) Comp. A Memoir of Lt.-Col. Edward Anthony Steel, DSO, RHA & RFA, 1880-1919, Consisting Chiefly of His Letters & Diaries, With Numerous Illustrations. 1st Ed., xvi+172pp., portrait frontis. & 37 other portraits & photos. Simpkin, Marshall. 1921  #57574
[HLMainPic] Steel was born in India in 1880, Ed. at Dover College & Woolwich: commissioned RFA 1900. Served in India & with West African Frontier Force in Nigeria (twice Mentioned in Despatches), France 1914-15 (35th Battery in 4th, later 7th and 8th Divisions) inc. Le Cateau, the Aisne, Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Fromelles, being slightly wounded at Festubert. Late in 1915 he was sent home to train a New Army battery, B/182, which he took to France in 1916, was severely wounded 15th Sept. 1916 on the Somme. On recovery he went to Mesopotamia, landing at Basra just as the war was ending, but having survived it he was to die of illness contracted serving with the British Military Mission to Siberia on 14th Oct. 1919 & is commemorated on the Vladivostock Memorial. Excellent memoir inc. letters and diary extracts from West Africa before the war (exploration & colonial conquest in Southern Nigeria &c.), more from France and Flanders 1914-15 and 1916, with considerable detail on his services & the activities of his Battery. Also unusual letters from the BMM in Siberia, April-October 1919. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with compliments slip from the publisher, on behalf of the author, to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £165




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