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Leaving Rouen for The Somme, le 22me. Janvier, 1917. Diary of 2nd Lt. A.E. Coles, 1st Som. L.I. 1917. 1st Ed., 163pp., 6 pen-&-ink sketches (inc. frontis., all but one by Coles), self portrait sketch (dated 11/vi/17), sketch map. No imprint or date, but contemp., with label to front paste-down of Whitby, Light & Lane, Ltd., Printers & Stationers, Bridgwater.  #57976
[HLMainPic] Albert Edward Coles, son of Albert Edward & Ida Belle Coles, of The Gables, Hamp, Bridgwater, Somerset, was Ed. at Keble College, Oxford (Matriculated 28th March 1916), commissioned in the Somerset Light Infantry & was posted missing, later presumed Killed In Action, on 4th October 1917. He has no known grave & is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. This work was not known to me when I published my bibliography of Great War memorial volumes, otherwise it would have been included. It contains Coles's interesting & detailed diary from 12th Jan. 1917, when he bid adieu to his family & entrained for Plymouth, thence to Southampton & sailed for France, arriving at Le Havre on the 14th, the customary 10 days or so at the IBD at Rouen follow & he joined the 1st SLI on 26th Jan., spent a month at the 4th Div. School, commanded a dump supplying ammunition, Verey lights &c. to the front line as needed during the Battle of Arras, was later posted to 11th TM Battery until his death near Ypres. An unvarnished & absorbing day-to-day record of the experiences of a subaltern in France in 1917, evidently privately printed at Bridgwater by his family as a memorial. Orig. dull morocco, gilt to front, little marked, VG with a loosely inserted signed portrait photo. of Coles & inscribed "To Donald In Remembrance" (i.e., Donald Croker, a friend who is mentioned in the text). See illustration on our website.   £345

     


 

 



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