Turner Donovan Military Books - The world’s finest selection of rare and out-of-print books on British military history from 1800 to 1945
  Stock last updated on 12 August 2022

Delhi   4 Books
Deeds of the Royal Engineers. Compiled in the Royal Engineer Record Office In Compliance with Army Council Instruction No. 850, dated April 19th, 1916. Orig. printed paper covd. boards, [iv]+81pp. Chatham: Royal Engineers Institute. 1918  #63746
[HLMainPic] Notable events in Corps history inc. chapters on Royal Engineers & The Battle of Waterloo; The Royal Sappers & Miners in the Crimean War; The Blowing In of the Cashmere Gate at Delhi; 23rd Coy. in the Indian Mutiny & China; 23rd Coy at Ladysmith, &c. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with blue cloth backstrip, little chipped/rubbed at top of rear panel o/w VG & rare (just 500 copies printed).   £50
[BAYLEY (John Arthur) Reminiscences of School & Army Life, 1839-1859. 1st Ed., vii+206pp. No imprint/place. 1875  #62131
[HLMainPic] Engaging memoirs of Eton College (including an account of fagging: "Many a young peer, who in the nursery or school-room at home had never been controlled or contradicted, learnt a useful lesson when he found that he was bound, under pain of a thrashing, to run up Eton as fast as his legs could carry him & fetch a pound of sausages for Smith major's breakfast; Smith possibly being well known to be the son of a rich tradesman..."), further education in Germany then service in the 52nd Light Infantry from 1851. Served a year or two in Ireland until the regiment was ordered to India in 1853. He describes garrison social life & a march in the Punjab - 513 miles up the Grand Trunk Road to Umballa, &c., the annexation of Oude in 1856 & events of the Mutiny. He witnessed the atrocity of native soldiers blown from the mouths of cannon, various operations up country & the attack on Delhi in which he was wounded. A printed note to the title-page states that "The following Reminiscences were originally intended solely of the amusement of the writer's Nephews & Nieces. They are now printed for the use of such of his friends as may care to read them." Orig. red cloth, gilt title to front, little spotted & worn but VG, inscribed by author on tp: "C.D. Lucas from J.A. Bayley" (the recipient possibly Adml. Charles Davis Lucas VC) with one or two small ink corrections to the text & an interesting marginal statement next the account of the assault on the Kashmir Gate by the 52nd on 13th Sept. 1857, in which Bayley was wounded in command of a storming party. By the close of the action the 52nd had been "compelled to retire" but the marginal note states: "In 1876 General Campbell [commanding the 52nd in 1857], speaking to me on this subject, said - I retired in obedience to an order brought by a Staff Officer. J.A.B." Just five copies on Library Hub (formerly COPAC), confirming the identity of the author. Ladendorf 228. Raugh 6456. Bayley also contributed an article to the Ox. & Bucks. L.I. Chronicle 1905 on "The Beginning of the Indian Mutiny" & another short booklet "The Assault of Delhi: A Vindication of H.M. 52nd Light Infantry.... From the Aspersions of Sir John Kaye, in the Third Volume of his History of the Sepoy War." See illustrations on our website.   £450
BUTLER (Lt.-Col. Lewis) The Annals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps. Vol. III: xxviii+334pp., 8 portraits, 6 maps. Murray. 1926  #28213
[HLMainPic] This useful volume covers the period 1830-1873 inc. Sikh & Kaffir Wars, Indian Mutiny (at Meerut, Delhi &c.), China 1860 & Red River Expedition. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG with rather clumsily pasted in bookplate of Sir Percival Scrope Marling, VC, CB, sometime of the regiment. See illustration on our website.   £50
HODSON (Rev. G.H.) Ed. Hodson of Hodson's Horse; or, Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India: Being Extracts from the Letters of the Late Major W.S.R. Hodson. 4th Ed., lxxiv+300pp. Kegan Paul. 1883  #53882
[HLMainPic] Commandant of Hodson's Horse, killed at Lucknow, who had played the decisive & controversial role in the arrest of Bahadur Shah, King of Delhi, & the execution of his sons. This edition contains a new Introduction being largely "a Vindication from the Charges made by Mr Bosworth Smith in his 'Life of Lord Lawrence.'" Orig brown cloth, gilt, minor wear, about VG. See illustration on our website.   £35


View Order/Checkout

Latest Additions

Historical Record of the 2nd (Now 80th) or Royal Tyrone Regiment of Militia, From the Embodiment in 1793 to the Present Time.
The Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Cavalry, 23rd Co., I.Y., A Record of Incidents Connected with the Services of the First Contingent of the D.L.O.Y.C. in the South African Campaign of 1899-1900-1901-1902; of interest also to the Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry, 24th Co., I.Y., who were our Partners & Comrades-in-Arms.
Hart's Annual Army List, Special Reserve List & Territorial Force List, Containing Dates of Commissions & A Summary of the War Services of Nearly Every Officer in the Army, Supply &c. Departments, Marines & Indian Army & Local Indian Forces. 1912.
Hart's Army List, Militia List & Imperial Yeomanry List, Exhibiting the Rank, Standing, & Summary of the War Services of Every Regimental Officer in the Army Serving on Full Pay, including The Royal Marines & Indian Army & Local Indian Forces... January 1909.
Harts Army List: The New Annual Army List, Militia List & Yeomanry Cavalry List for 1898. Containing the Dates of Commissions & A Summary of the War Services of nearly every Officer in the Army, Supply &c. Departments, Marines & Indian Staff Corps & Indian Local Forces.
Harts Army List: The New Annual Army List, Militia List & Indian Civil Service List for 1878. Containing the Dates of Commissions & A Statement of the War Services & Wounds of nearly every Officer in the Army, Ordnance, Marines & Indian Staff Corps.

All Latest books



Terms & Conditions  - Links  - Contact Us  - Newsletter
Turner Donovan Military Books, Flat 1, 22 Florence Road, Brighton BN1 6DJ