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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

     




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