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SPRING (Col. F.W.M.) Comp. The Bombay Artillery: List of Officers who have served in the Regiment of Bombay Artillery from its Formation in 1749 to Amalgamation with the RA... 1st Ed., xii+135pp., 6 plates. Clowes. 1902  #62991
[HLMainPic] The officers' services include full career details, campaign service, date of death &c. There is also a history of the early days of the regiment & a statement of the war services of each Troop, up to & including the Boer War. Perkins 431. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, white cloth backstrip, stained & worn but sound. See illustration on our website.   £40
SHAKESPEAR (Col. L.W.) History of the 2nd King Edward's Own Goorkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles). Regimental reprint of 1912 1st Ed., xii+183pp., 4to, 26 plates, maps, plans. Aldershot: G&P. 1950  #62990
[HLMainPic] Fine history covering Indian Mutiny (notably at Delhi), 2nd Afghan War, North-West Frontier &c. Perkins 498. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
James Lusk, BA (Cantab).; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur; Captain & Adjutant 6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Letters & Memories. 1st Ed., [vii]+151pp., portrait frontis., col. plate (of Legion d'Honneur). Oxford: Printed for B.H. Blackwell. 1916  #62989
[HLMainPic] James Lusk was commissioned in the 6th Cameronians in 1908, mobilised & served in France March-Dec. 1915. Memoir followed by extensive & interesting letters from training and the Front: wounded by a trench mortar on Christmas Day 1915 whilst going round his trenches & DoW 28/12/15. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur at Festubert in June when he was Bn. Transport Officer & the bn. having lost heavily in officers he made his way up the line & helped reorganise. He was appointed adjutant after this battle. Orig. grey paper covd. boards with purple cloth backstrip, very nice copy with neat ink presentation inscrip. "To Brig.-General E.S. Girdwood, from Capt. Lusk's Mother." See illustrations on our website.   £145
Harold Tennyson R.N., The Story of a Young Sailor, Put Together by a Friend. 1st Ed., vii+294pp. Macmillan. 1918  #62987
[HLMainPic] The Hon. Harold Courtenay Tennyson, son of the Rt. Hon. Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, PC, GCMG, & a descendent of the famous poet, was commissioned as a Midshipman, Royal Navy, from Osborne in 1913, served aboard the battle cruiser HMS Queen Mary at Heligoland Bight 1914, North Sea 1915 & appointed to destroyer HMS Viking, November 1915. He died of illness on 29th January 1916 and is buried in Freshwater (All Saints) Churchyard near his family home on the Isle of Wight. An appendix contains a short memoir & letters of condolence for his brother, Captain Hon. Alfred Aubrey Tennyson, 9th (S) Bn. Rifle Brigade, who was killed in action in France on 23rd March 1918. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
Geoffrey Watkins Smith. 1st Ed., 219pp., 197x133mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates. Oxford: Printed for Private Circulation. 1917  #62986
[HLMainPic] Geoffrey Watkins Smith was born in 1881 at Beckenham, Kent. He was a Scholar at Winchester & New College, Oxford, taking a First and becoming a Fellow & 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 75 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 Eric Bamford (Eric St. John Bamford, Ed. Corpus Christi College, Oxford & a brother officer in the Rifle Brigade). Minor wear, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
POYNDER (Lt.-Col. F.S., MVO, OBE, MC) The 9th Gurkha Rifles Vol. I 1817-1936. 1st Ed., xx+275pp., frontis., 15 photos., 17 maps (some fldg.). Printed by Butler & Tanner for the RUSI. 1937  #62983
[HLMainPic] The rarest (alongside Petre's 1st GR) of the mainstream Gurkha histories, "produced to the finest standards of Butler & Tanner in their hey-day. The narrative is well-written & full of interest, with excellent supporting appendices... the WW1 coverage is superb. The 1st Bn served initially on the Western Front with the Indian Corps & then joined 2nd Bn in Mesopotamia." - Perkins. Also a brief account of events before 1914, post-war Afghanistan 1919 & Waziristan 1919-24 operations. War services of British officers, awards roll, Roll of Hon. for British & Gurkha officers, &c. Orig. black & green cloth, silver gilt to sp. & front, little rubbed, VG indeed & rare. See illustration on our website.   £325
In Memoriam Harold Parry, 2nd Lt., KRRC, Born at Bloxwich Dec. 13th 1896, Fell in Flanders May 6th 1917. 1st Ed., xiii+144pp., portrait frontis. Privately published. nd (c.1917).  #62982
[HLMainPic] Parry was Ed. at Queen Mary's School, Walsall & Exeter College, Oxford. 17th (S) Bn. KRRC 1916-17, a memoir, atmospheric letters from France, a few of his poems & some letters of condolence. KiA in Flanders & buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery. Contains some interesting observations such as: "Two hundred years will not suffice to efface the traces of this tragedy from the land. Things can never be as they were, and the greatest indictment that war can have, is the forlorn and shell-shattered land about here with its rude and pathetic crosses to mark the last resting-place of those who in the fullness of their youth - at the beginning of love and hope and ambition - were cut off from life..." Grey paper covered boards with cloth backstrip, gilt to spine. Pages 138/139 are usually pasted together to conceal misattributed Henry Newbolt poem, but this copy intact & the pages unblemished apart from a contemp. ink note: "This poem is by Henry Newbolt." A very nice copy. See illustration on our website.   £120
The War Office List & Administrative Directory for the British Army 1925. 191pp. HMSO. 1925  #62980
[HLMainPic] Details the work of each department in the War Office & lists the officers employed in each. Just 875 copies printed of this edition. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
AGAR-HAMILTON (J.A.I.) & TURNER (L.C.F.) The Sidi Rezeg Battles 1941. 1st Ed., xiv+505pp., 47 plates, 56 maps (some fldg.). Cape Town: OUP. 1957  #62978
[HLMainPic] South African OH. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
GRIMWOOD (Ethel St. Clair) My Three Years in Manipur & Escape from the Recent Mutiny. 1st. Ed., xiv+321pp., portrait frontis., 8 plates. Bentley. 1891  #62976
[HLMainPic] Author's husband was Political Agent at Manipur, north-east India near the Burmese border (state capital Imphal), where he was murdered in the uprising there in 1891 which resulted in a brief Indian Army campaign to suppress the dissidents. Interesting account of life in the region. Orig. blue cloth, bevelled boards, little worn, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £35

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