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COMMERCIAL BANK OF SCOTLAND: A Memorial Record of the Staff of the Commercial Bank of Scotland Ltd. who served in the Great War 1914-18. 1st Ed., 76pp., frontis. nd (c.1921).  #62231
[HLMainPic] Brief roll of service inc. 99 who fell. Orig. white cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
DAWSON (Capt. A.J.) Back to Blighty: Battle Stories Recorded by Captain A.J. Dawson. Illustrations by Bruce Bairnsfather. 1st Ed., vii+231pp., frontis & 7 b/w plates by Bairnsfather. The Bystander/H&S. 1917  #62230
[HLMainPic] A further selection of patriotic/humorous interpretations based on author & artists' experience of the Front Line in France. Orig. blue cloth, sp. tanned o/w VG. See illustrations on our website.   £25
FOX (Frank, RFA) The Battles of the Ridges: Arras-Messines March-June 1917. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 112pp., 9 plates, 3 maps (2 fldg.). C. Arthur Pearson. 1918  #62229
[HLMainPic] Atmospheric contemp. account. Fox was a war correspondent commissioned in the RFA in 1914 who was twice wounded on the Somme. He wrote this book while working for MI7, the branch of the War Office concerned with press liaison & propaganda, as part of their output aimed at influencing the American public, inter al. VG. See illustration on our website.   £40
WHIDBORNE (M.) Ed. George Ferris Whidborne MC: His Life & Surroundings 1890-1915. 1st Ed., 422pp., portrait frontis., 6 plates. Glasow: Printed by Maclehose, For Private Circulation. 1917  #62228
[HLMainPic] Whidborne was eldest son of George Ferris Whidborne & Margaret Whidborne, of Hammerwood House, East Grinstead, Sussex. Ed. at Harrow & commissioned in the Coldstream Guards, Special Reserve, in August 1914. To 3rd Bn. in France in October 1914 and won the MC in April 1915 rescuing men from a mineshaft (a brother officer provided his mother with some details: "...he was very prominent in rescuing the miners from the mine at Givenchy, going down & along the shaft at the bottom, & helping to carry the men who were gassed." He was wounded on 21st June 1915 & returned to England for treatment but, shortly after returning to the Front he was again wounded while out with a wiring party during the night of 23/24 October: "The Germans commenced bombing & one burst close to your son. He was wounded in several places in the right leg, & a small wound in the back. I reached him almost as soon as he was brought back into our trench. I dressed him & gave him some morphia." So wrote the Bn. M.O., but he died of wounds that afternoon. aged twenty-five. His grave is in Bethune Town Cemetery. Detailed memoirs with much on his service in France. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, rather rubbed & worn, esp. at head & tail of sp., but very scarce. Presentation slip from George Ferris' grandmother to the nuns at St. Augustine's Priory, Newton Abbot, Xmas 1917 pasted to ffep, & bookplate of the Priory. See illustration on our website.   £145
MAURICE (Major R.F., MC) The Tank Corps Book of Honour. 1st Ed., ii+460pp., frontis., 3 plates. Spottiswoode, Ballantyne. 1919  #62227
[HLMainPic] Contains a complete listing of awards to officers & men with citations for all immediate awards (inc. MMs), also Roll of Hon. & the texts of various Despatches & complimentary messages. Index. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, little rubbed/worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
A Record of the 2nd Bucks Battalion T.F. 1914-1918. Presented to the Bucks TF Assoc. by Lord Anslow, CB, Chairman of the Association. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 24pp., 4to. No imprint/date. nd (c.1919).  #62225
[HLMainPic] Not to be confused with the battalion history by Swann, this is a souvenir "To commemorate the patriotism, the bravery & the sacrifice of this Battalion during the great European War..." It contains a brief history, Rolls of Honour (noting date of death & in the case of other ranks their home town), rolls of awards to all ranks (some with citations), lists of officers who served overseas or at home with the battalion. This copy with ink ownership to front of Lt. A.G. Stewart, 2/1st Bucks. Bn. O. & B.L.I., numerous small annotation by him to the rolls (such as noting the operations in which some of the men were killed during his service with the bn., which he joined in Sept. 1917), newspaper cutting re death of the former MO in 1952. He has also added at the front a magazine portrait of his CO (Col. Christie Miller, DSO, MC) & at the rear a real photo. portrait in uniform of himself. Interesting copy. See illustrations on our website.   £80
CASUALTY [Pseud. of GYDE (Capt. Arnold A.E.)] "Contemptible." 2nd Ed., vi+226pp. Heinemann. 1916  #62218
[HLMainPic] Gyde was a regular officer, OC No. 5 Platoon, 2nd South Staffs. Personal account of mobilisation, Mons & the Retreat, the Marne & Aisne where he was shot in the head by a sniper & subsequent hospitalisation in France & UK. Orig. red cloth, blocked black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
HEYDEMARCK (Capt. Haupt) War Flying in Macedonia. 1st Ed., 196pp., frontis., 36 photo. plates, fldg. map. Hamilton. nd (c.1930).  #62214
[HLMainPic] Graphic memoirs inc. early work with a 'serial camera.' Heydemarck was an observer with Feld Flieger Abteilung 30 in Macedonia from Dec. 1916 (following service on the Western Front). Orig. blue cloth, titled in black, sp. sp. fading, about VG.   £30
CONDON (Brig. W.E.H., OBE) The Frontier Force Regiment. 1st Ed., xxii+592pp., 4to, col. frontis., 19 photos., 36 maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1962  #62211
[HLMainPic] Excellent history: Mutiny, 2nd Afghan War, Chitral, Tirah, China 1900 &c., WW1 in France, Aden, Mespot, Palestine; WW2 MEF & Burma. "An excellent book" - Perkins 472. Orig. khaki cloth, gilt, little light speckling to front board o/w VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £250
The "Graphic" Souvenir of the German Navy's Surrender November 1918. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 32pp., 4to, approx. 85 photos. The Graphic. 1918  #62207
[HLMainPic] Illustrated record of the surrender with num. photos. of surface craft, U-boats &c. Little chipped, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25

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