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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   645 Books
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With the First Canadian Contingent. Published on Behalf of the Candian Field Comforts Commission. 1st Ed., 119pp., illus. throughout. Toronto & London: H&S. 1915  #51804
[HLMainPic] Includes a number of "Letters from the Front" & front line photos. Orig. green cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
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
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Gilbert Walter Lyttelton Talbot. Born September 1, 1891. Killed in Action, July 30, 1915. 1st Ed., 104pp., real photo. portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation by the Chiswick Press. 1916  #57997
[HLMainPic] Lt., 7th (S) Bn. Rifle Brigade, KiA at Hooge 30th July, 1915, for whom Talbot House was named by his brother Neville, a co-founder with 'Tubby' Clayton. A memoir of his life at Winchester & Oxford (where he was President of the Union) with around 20pp. letters & diary from the front, May-July 1915, also letters of condolence & several accounts of the fighting at Hooge. Rare original privately printed edition with real photo. portrait frontis., inscription on half-title: "To General Sir Edward Hutton in memory of Gilbert Talbot from his mother. Oct. 1916. + Hooge July 30 1915." Plus loosely inserted letter to Gen. Hutton from Mrs. Talbot: "My Dear Sir Edward... I think I feel the tragic side more from reading yr. account of the Hooge disaster on July 30th than I ever did before & that is saying a good deal. It is not the falling in the fight, or being defeated when the odds are too strongly against one - but what seemed so tragic was the handling of those fine, splendidly trained young fellows with their platoons ready to follow them to the death in a way which led so certainly to disaster... as General Nugent said, 'Knowing as I am certain they did that they were going to certain death'... I hope you will have received my little book by now... I am your very sincerely, Lavinia Talbot." Orig. printed paper covd. boards with cloth backstrip, minor wear, very nice association copy. See illustrations on our website.   £225
A Memoir of Tom Edgar Grantley Norton, Second Lieutenant, 1st Batt. East Surrey Regiment, Who fell mortally wounded on Hill 60 near Ypres, Tuesday, April 20th, 1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates, sketch map. Privately printed, nd (c.1916).  #58150
[HLMainPic] TEGN was a trainee architect, ed. at Uppingham & Magdalen College, Oxford. He was commissioned in 1914 & went to France in Jan. 1915. Includes extracts from letters during his brief front line service, also details of the action in which he lost his life, together with a sketch map of the trenches at Hill 60, contributed by a brother officer. These are followed by several obituaries & a selection of his articles on architecture & other matters written for various journals. Plates include the memorial to him erected in Eglwysbach Church, Denbighshire: "...killed near Ypres... while gallantly holding the crest of Hill 60 against the Germans and was buried on the field of battle." He lies in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £225
Lieut.-Colonel Robert Horn, DSO, MC, 1st Seaforth Highlanders: A Sketch by His Mother. 1st Ed., xvi+99pp., 192x136mm, portrait frontis., 4 plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation by Robert Maclehose & Co. Ltd. 1933  #58152
[HLMainPic] Robert Horn was Ed. at Winchester and commissioned in the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders from Sandhurst in 1900, participated in the Zakka Khel and Mohmand Expeditions on the North-West Frontier of India and went to France as adjutant in 1914; wounded in 1915 then went to command the 7th (Service) Battalion of his regiment in the 9th (Scottish) Division. Having survived numerous battles including the Somme 1916, Passchendaele and the March Retreat, on 18th April 1918 "he was sitting in the Brigade Mess Hut... when an 8-inch shell burst in the mess - killing them all." He is buried in Lijssenhoek Cemetery. Includes a memoir (with extracts from his letters from India &c.) then extensive extracts from his letters and active service diary during the First World War. Orig. grey cloth with leather spine label, bookplate removed front front paste-down o/w VG with presentation slip from his mother (the compiler). See illustration on our website.   £225
Two Years After, or Twelve Months of Armageddon: Some Reminiscences of A Temporary Regimental Sawbones 1915-1916. 1st Ed., [v]+105pp. Printed for Private Circulation Only. 1918  #58156
[HLMainPic] Interesting & exceptionally rare privately printed memoirs of "N.D.M." [i.e. N.D. Mackay], serving at a General Hospital in France then attached as MO to the London Scottish (1st Bn. 14th London Regt.) in Oct. 1915. Immediate recollections of service & episodes in France 1915-16 in two main sections: "A Winter in the Loos Salient" & "The Lighter Side of War," the latter in three parts, "At Home & at the Base, B.E.F.," "In & Out of the Trenches" & "In & Out of the Trenches (concluded)." Orig. blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., VG with author inscrip. & notes of errata in his hand to rear ep. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to sp. & front, sp. dull o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £245
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
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

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