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The 'Second-Seconds' in France: The Story of the 2/2nd City of London Field Ambulance. 1st Ed., 109pp., illus., map. Spottiswoode. 1920  #58146
[HLMainPic] France & Flanders from Feb. 1916, 56th Div., Somme, Arras, 3rd Ypres, Cambrai. Roll of officers, awards, names & addresses of old comrades. Orig. wheat cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
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
ADAMS (H.M.) 1916-1918: A War Diary. 1st Ed., [vi]+145pp. Worcester: Printed by Ebenezer Baylis & Son for the Author. 1922  #58626
[HLMainPic] Very rare privately published memoirs of Capt. Herbert Mayow Adams, MC, who was Ed. at Marlborough & Oxford, embarked for France with 2/8th Worcesters (TF) 24th May 1916. They were part of the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division, & served with this formation on the Western Front until the end of the war, including operations at Fromelles in 1916, the Ancre & Ypres in 1917, the German counter-attack after Cambrai & Somme 1918. By January 1918 Adams was commanding "B" Coy. & was awarded the MC; he afterwards commanded No. 4 Section, "B'"Coy., 48th Bn. MGC in France & Italy during 1918. He did not paly a part in any major offensives, but his very detailed, matter-of-fact, account of several years of trench warfare, much of it spent in quiet but rarely uneventful sectors, provides a valuable account of war on the Western Front. He frequently mentions officers & men in his unit, & at the edn are rolls of "B" Coy., 2/8th Worcesters & his machine-gunners in 48th MG Battalion, as well as a detailed index. Orig. pale mottled paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip, titled in black to sp., VG & rare privately printed memoirs. See illustration on our website.   £275
ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 7: The Curragh Incident & the Western Front 1914. 1st Ed., xxiii+262pp., 48 photos., sketches, 11 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1996  #56929
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed standard history. This volume covering the lead-up to war & 1914 campaign on the Western Front. VG in dw & now uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £45
ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 8: The Western Front 1915-1918, Epilogue, 1919-1939. 1st Ed., xxv+397pp., 55 photos., num. sketches, 23 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1997  #56930
[HLMainPic] Final volume of the standard & acclaimed history of the British cavalry. Uncommon. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £45
BEAN (C.E.W.) The Australian Imperial Force in France May 1918 to the Armistice. Hardback reprint, lxxvi+1099pp., 430 illus. & maps. VG in dw. Univ. of Queensland Press. 1983  #56272
[HLMainPic] Vol. VI of the Australian Official History. Scarce hardback reprint. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £35
BRETT (Capt. G.A., DSO, MC) A History of the 2nd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment. 1st Ed., 155pp., 18 photos., 4 fldg. maps. Pontypool: Hughes. 1933  #30142
Western Front inc. Battles of Ypres, Somme, Cambrai, Lys 1918 &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. green cloth, silver gilt, VG & scarce.   £65
BRETT (Capt. G.A., DSO, MC) A History of the 2nd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment. 1st Ed., 155pp., 18 photos., 4 fldg. maps. Pontypool: Hughes. 1933  #45340
Western Front inc. Battles of Ypres, Somme, Cambrai, Lys 1918 &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. green cloth, blocked in silver, foot of spine stained.   £40
BURROWES (Brig.-Gen. A.R., CMG, DSO) The 1st Battalion The Faugh-A-Ballaghs in the Great War. 1st Ed., [x]+182pp., 4to, 12 plates, 11 fldg. maps. Aldershot: G&P (for the Regimental Committee). nd 1925  #58503
[HLMainPic] 1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, Western Front throughout the war in 4th & 36th Divs. Roll of Hon., awards, officers. Orig. green cloth, gilt to sp. & regimental device to front, VG but for some small marking to front paste-down. See illustration on our website.   £125
Captain Lionel Tudor Wild, "B" Coy., 7th (Service) Bn. Somerset Light Infantry: Killed in Action 30th November 1917 & Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial to the Missing. Fair copy of journal & extracts from letters from France, 1915-1916, assembled by his Mother in a leather-bound notebook, 230x180mm, plus tipped-in portrait photos. in uniform, press obits. &c., plus several loosely inserted photos. & press cuttings.  #58672
[HLMainPic] Wild was commissioned in the 7th (S) Bn. SLI 28/1/1915, later advanced to Captain & was Mentioned in Despatches. He had previously been a Sgt. in the Surrey Yeomanry. He served with the 7th SLI in France & Flanders 1915-17 until missing in action 30/11/1917, his death was later presumed to have taken place on that day. A memoir compiled by his mother including 27pp. (6000 words) transcript of a diary-letter from France, August-Nov. 1915: sporadic but lengthy instalments, witty & informative record: "a sort of family letter which may be of interest to pass round to Aunts & Uncles &c." This is followed by press obits. inc. a letter from a private in his Coy. describing the circumstances of his death; a 2pp. letter, 1918, from a brother officer, on the news of the presumption of his death, then 16pp. (some 3000 words) extracts from letters from the Front. August 1915-June 1916. An extract from the diary-letter, describing a typical day in the trenches: "1 Hour before dawn: My 'observer' or my servant, or both in necessary come & shout into my ear 'Stand to just gone sir' - I roll out, & being very cross I go & make myself as objectionable as possible to any men I find not ready at their posts. I then proceed to stumble along the traverses occupied by my platoon, falling over everything that it is possible to fall over & keeping myself warm by my language. As this is the hour supposed to me most favourable for an attack, being a sort of half light, all the sentries think they see things which are not there, & usually see how much ammunition they can let off. As this gets taken up my all the other men who have just been roused up there is a considerable amount of noise going on which lasts till 'Stand down' 5 a.m. or thereabouts... 5.10 a.m. The officers retire for an early cup of tea & a cigarette. Just as I am thinking of turning in & really getting a little sleep one of the others comes up, & giving some more or less plausible excuse says 'I say old chap, I wonder if you would like to do the next turn of duty (4 hours) it really is my turn but...' 5.30-9.30: Tramp up & down the Company line, see the men's rations served out... have a good look at the German line through my periscope to see of there are any fresh developments..." And so the day goes on. In November "I took out my first patrol between the lines, for the purpose of finding out the thickness & also the state of repair of the German wire... It was a case of crawling all the way (about 350 yards) as there was a fairly large moon which made it necessary to take plenty of cover... Several times we were held up by large parties of the enemy which after several minutes breathless suspense turned out to be small bushes... eventually we reached our destination, & having cut off a piece of their wire... we retraced our steps, & got in after having been out about 2 hours..." An interesting & well-written description of trench warfare & a fine tribute assembled by his mother. Among other loosely inserted items is a printed slip from The Times newspaper with her advertisement pasted on: "To Officers & Others. Any information that can be givern by anyone who saw Captain L.T. Wild, Somerset Light Infantry, when he was wounded on November 30 will be gratefully received by Mrs A.S. Wild, 21 Canning-road, Cryodon." VG. See illustrations on our website.   £465

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