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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   582 Books
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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
La Guerra. Volume Sesto, L'Aeronautica; Volume Settimo, L'Albania; Volume Ottavo, La Carnia; Volume Nono, Armi e Munizioni; Volume Decimo, La Macedonia. Vols. 6-10 of the series bound together: [320]pp., 4to., containing 541 photos. in all, as follows: Vol. VI, 118 photos., Vol. VII, 117 photos. + col. fldg. map; Vol VIII, 98 photos; Vol. IX, 125 photos; Vol. X, 83 photos. & col. map. Milano: Tip. Treves. 1916/1917.  #57535
[HLMainPic] From the publisher's series of fine photo. plates on war themes. Presented here are Aeronautica, containing many interesting photos. of aircraft, airmen & ancillary equipment; Albania, with a superb range of photos. on this front; Carnia ditto; Arms & Munitions, including fine images of munitions plants, forges, artillery pieces & other weapons; Macedonia, being a fine range of photos. of scenes on this front. Each part has a short intro. & an index of plates at end. Publisher's orig. cream leather with brown leather bands, leather lettering labels to sp., dec. silk endpapers, chipped & rubbed but overall sound. See illustrations on our website.   £85
James Colin MacLehose 2nd Lieut., Rifle Brigade 1897-1917. 1st Ed., 39pp., 5 portraits, 2 other plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation at the University Press. 1918  #57831
[HLMainPic] MacLehose was elder son of J.C. Maclehose, publisher to Glasgow University, & his wife Mary. Ed. at Rugby 1911-16; from school he went to the 4th Cadet Bn. at Oxford, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in November & joined 16th (S) Bn. in France in Jan. 1917. He was KiA in a night raid east of Ypres on 14th Feb. - rather less than six weeks after arriving - his last words as he was wounded being "Carry on, men, carry on." He was leading a raiding party and had not even reached the German wire when mortally wounded. The raid failed, the wire being uncut by the artillery preparation. Brown cloth with leather sp. label, another version seen, bound in brown paper covd. boards with gilt title to sp. VG   £145
Geoffrey Watkins Smith. 1st Ed., 219pp., 197x133mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates. Oxford: Printed for Private Circulation. 1917  #57832
[HLMainPic] Geoffrey Watkins Smith was born in 1881 at Beckenham, Kent. He was a Scholar at Winchester and New College, Oxford, taking a First and becoming a Fellow and Tutor at New College. A distinguished zoologist, he was commissioned in 13th (Service) Battalion, Rifle Brigade, in 1914 & commanded "A" Coy. in France until his death on the Somme on 10th July 1916 during the battalion's attack at Contalmaison. He was thirty-four years old and is buried in Pozieres Military Cemetery. This memorial contains around 60pp. letters in training & at the front; also biography, lists of scientific publications &c. Grey paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip. Number 116 of 125 individually numbered copies printed, "Each copy is to be numbered & presented to a near relation or intimate friend & the name inscribed." This copy presented to G.F. Simonds, who also was at New College & served in the war at a Lt. with 2/4th Berkshire Regt. & MGC until invalided in August 1916. Minor wear, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
Two Men: A Memoir. 1st Ed., viii+302pp., 2 portraits, 4 plates. Oxford: Univ. Press. 1919  #57834
[HLMainPic] A joint memoir of E.H.L. Southwell & M.G. White, both of whom were masters at Shrewsbury School, & close friends who referred to one another as "Man" and were collectively known as "The Men." Both were commissioned in the Rifle Brigade early in the War, both were killed on the Somme and both are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Evelyn Herbert Lightfoot Southwell was Ed. at Eton & Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a distinguished "Wet Bob" (or oarsman) at Eton. He became an assistant master at Shrewsbury in 1910. He was gazetted to the Rifle Brigade in 1915 & posted to the 13th (Service) Battalion at Perham Down, then to the 15th (Reserve) Battalion. Posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion in France on 30th Sept. 1915 & KiA 15/9/1916 near Delville Wood. Malcolm Graham White was born in 1887, Ed. Birkenhead School & King's College, Cambridge. He was briefly an assistant master at Marlborough before moving to Shrewsbury in 1910. He was gazetted to the 6th (SR) Battalion, Rifle Brigade in 1915 and posted to the 1st Battalion in France in January 1916. He was killed in action in the battalion's attack near Serre on 1st July 1916, has no known grave, & is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Includes Southwell's letters written from Shrewsbury & the Front to various friends & family members, also diary extracts from France. The letters/diary give some impression of his experiences & refer to various friends on active service & several brother officers in his bn. Also extracts from White's diary kept on the Western Front. Fairly brief daily entries give some account of his experiences supplemented by extracts from his letters. Orig. paper covd. boards with paper label to front & black printed linen backstrip, VG. This copy includes a typed index of names of officers of the RB mentioned in the letters &c. See illustration on our website.   £90
The Western Front Then & Now. 1st Ed., 256pp., 4to, photos. throughout, map. Pearson.  #57527
[HLMainPic] Useful volume of around 300 comparison photos. in wartime & after, + commentary & index. Orig. dec. red cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
The Times Documentary History of the War. Complete in 11 vols. (see note below), each in excess of 500pp., so around 5700pp. in all. The Times Pubg. Co. Ltd., Printing House Square. 1917-1920.  #57471
[HLMainPic] Collected documents "concerning the war in all its aspects, so arranged as to record the events of the great struggle... & the circumstances which led up to them, It consists of documents issued officially or recognised by the various belligerents, such as diplomatic correspondence, proclamations, ultimatums, military orders, reports, despatches, messages from monarchs to their peoples, etc., together with public statements by reposnsible Ministers & Correspondence in the Press of an authoritative character; the whole collated, classified, indexed, & where necessary cross-referenced & annotated." A most valuable compilation consisting of: Vol. I, Diplomatic, Part 1; Vol. II, Diplomatic, Part 2; Vol. III, Naval, Part 1; Vol. IV, Naval, Part 2; Vol. V, Military, Part 1; Vol. VI, Overseas, Part 1; Vol. VII, Naval, Part 3; Vol. VIII, Military, Part 2; Vol. IX, Diplomatic, Part 3; Vol. X, Overseas, Part 2; Vol. XI, Naval, Part 4. Good complete set, VG ex-reference lib., with minor markings, bound in orig. wheat cloth with leather sp. labels, little rubbed & worn, overall VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
The Ruhleben Prisoners: The Government Attitude. Pamphlet No. 3. Orig. printed wraps., 32pp. Issued by The Ruhleben Prisoners' Release Committee. 1917  #47526
[HLMainPic] Records of the Committee's efforts to obtain early release for civilian internees. VG. See illustration on our website.   £14
Canada in Khaki: A Tribute to the Officers & Men now serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Vol. 3. Orig. dec. wraps., xlvi+154pp., 4to, numerous photos., sketches & cartoons (some col.). Canadian War Records Office. 1919  #57239
[HLMainPic] Appealing compilation of recollections, stories, humorous pieces & verse from the CEF, with good sketches. Numerous interesting & informative articles. Final number, chipped & sl. torn covers. See illustration on our website.   £35
The German Raid on Scarborough, December 16th, 1914. 1st Ed., 4pp. letterpress followed by 12 photo. plates, each with lengthy caption. Dennis & Sons Ltd. Contemp.  #51220
[HLMainPic] Contemp. illustrated souvenir of the bombardment of the town by German battleships, when some (estimated) 500-700 shells landed in Scarborough & 19 people were killed & 80 wounded. A short description of these events followed by 12 tipped-in plates, each with a complete description of the scene depicted. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, sp. chipped but nice example. See illustration on our website.   £25

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