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Letters and Papers of Algernon Hyde Villiers, with a Memorial. With a Memoir by Harry Graham. vii+200pp., portrait frontis. SPCK. 1919  #60361
[HLMainPic] Algernon Villiers, a deeply religious and spiritual man as evidenced by the memoir & the contents of his letters (although they do not exclude military details and an account of his active service experience) was the youngest son of the Rt. Hon. Sir Francis Hyde Villiers, PC, GCMG, GCVO (sometime British Minister and Ambassador at Brussels), & Lady Villiers; he married Beatrix Villiers (later The Hon. Mrs. Walter Gibbs), of Stanstead Lodge, Stanstead Abbots, Herts., in 1912. He was Ed. at Wellington College and Magdalen College, Oxford then entered a stockbroker's office. He enlisted in 1914 & went to Egypt as a trooper in the Hertfordshire Yeomanry before returning fro a commission in the Lothian & Borders Horse early in 1915. Villiers later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, went to France in July 1917 & was Killed in Action in France on 23rd November 1917 at Bourlon Wood with the 121st Company. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial (although originally buried in the cemetery at Anneux). The memoir is followed by letters from Egypt and the UK, 1914-17, then around 100 pages of letters from the Western Front followed by some zealously Christian "Papers read to Machine-Gun Pupils." Orig. pale blue cloth, gilt to front and spine, little rubbed & worn, trace of old label to front, near VG. See illustration on our website.   £120
The 23rd London Regiment 1798-1919. Compiled from Contributions by Former Officers of the Regiment. 1st Ed., xvi+188pp., col. frontis., 7 maps. Times Pubg. Co. Ltd. 1936  #52421
[HLMainPic] Almost entirely (apart from the first short chapter) WW1: 1st Bn. in France inc. Givenchy, Loos, Somme, Ypres, Messines, Bourlon Wood & 1918 battles; 2nd Bn. in Salonika & Palestine then briefly in Flanders in 1918. Roll of Hon. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
WHITTON (Lt.-Col. F.E., CMG) History of the 40th Division. 1st Ed., [ix]+315pp., photo., 5 maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1926  #59806
[HLMainPic] Bantam Division, served F&F 1916-18, notably Bourlon Wood & battle of the Lys 1918. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration o our website.   £50
WYRALL (Everard) The 17th (S) Bn. Royal Fusiliers 1914-1919. 1st Ed., viii+312pp., map. Methuen. 1930  #61341
[HLMainPic] Western Front 1915-18: Battles of the Somme & Ancre, Arras, Bourlon Wood, German Offensive & Final Advance. Nominal roll, Roll of Hon. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. This copy with interesting letter from 75140 Pte. F.H. Capewell, No. 2 Coy., 17th Royal Fusiliers, dated 22nd Feb. 1917, loosely inserted, describing his arrival in France &c., together with a letter from his sister, dated 5th April 1918, giving the news of his death "my brother Fred died of wounds received in the last big battle, on Monday April 1st. He was wounded on the Sunday 24th March & brought home on the Thursday following. A bullet hit him in the middle of the back.." Having been repatriated prior to his death from wounds, Pte. Frederick Harold Capewell, son of Brian Charles & Lily Rosina Capewell, of Clapham. London, is buried in South Norwood Cemetery, London. See illustration on our website.   £75

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