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Irish Guards   4 Books
St. Paul's Cathedral, Wednesday, Feb. 5th 1919... In Memory of the Officers, Warrant Officers, NCO's & Men of the (Six Regiments of the) Brigade of Guards who have Died in the service of their Country during the War, 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 123pp. G&P. 1919  #58122
[HLMainPic] Complete regimental Rolls of Hon. 1914-1918 (inc. Guards MG Regt.), plus the Order of Service &c. Orig. dec. wraps., little chipped, VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
IRELAND: Our Heroes. Facsimile reprint of 1916 1st Ed., [42]+243pp., 4to, approx. 1000 portraits. LSE. nd  #58591
[HLMainPic] Good quality & scarce hardback reprint contains details (& around 1000 portraits) of officers of Irish regiments & Irish officers of English regiments killed or decorated between Aug. 1914 & July 1916. Fully indexed. Red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £65
O'FLAHERTY (Liam) Return of the Brute. 1st Ed., 187pp. VG in chipped dw. Mandrake Press. 1929  #54542
[HLMainPic] The renowned writer served as a private in the Irish Guards & was wounded at Passchendaele. Of his powerful classic novel of the activities of a bombing squad on the Western Front, Cyril Falls said he "seems to have set himself out to out-German the Germans," acknowledges him as an "able writer with a savage & bitter twist" but goes on to say that the book is "larded with an obscenity that grows wearisome." Orig. brown cloth, VG in scarce & very striking dw, this with loss at extremities, abt. qtr. inch at head of sp. panel & 1 inch or more at foot. See illustration on our website.   £95
SHEARS (Edward Hornby, Lieut., 1st Bn. Irish Guards) Active Service Diary 21 January 1917-1 July 1917. 1st Ed., xii+85pp., 226x162mm, portrait frontis., plate (of wooden cross). Liverpool: Privately Printed by Henry Young & Sons. 1919  #58624
[HLMainPic] Edward Hornby Shears was born in Liverpool in 1890, Ed. at Bradfield and Trinity College, Oxford. In September 1913 he joined the Civil Service, appointed to the Secretaries' Dept. of the General Post Office. In October 1914 he became PPS to the Postmaster-General. Initially refused permission to join the Army, he finally received leave to go in May 1915 and obtained a territorial commission in the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment In November 1916 he transferred to the Irish Guards and this book comprises his detailed diary with the 1st Battalion, mainly on the Somme front, until Killed in Action at Boesinghe on 4th July 1917 during the build-up to the Third Battle of Ypres. He was 26 years old and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery. Orig. brown paper covd. boards, cloth backstrip, gilt. VG. See illustration on our website.   £225




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