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A War Record of the 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 277pp., frontis. Privately published. 1927  #60893
[HLMainPic] France & Flanders from March 1915 with 47th (London) Div. inc. Loos, Vimy Ridge, Somme, Ypres, Bourlon Wood & 1918 battles. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. green cloth, titled in silver gilt with regimental crest & red bands to front, VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
Battery Record. "D" Battery 1915-1916-1917. [A Short Diary of "D" Battery 242nd (Army) Bde. R.F.A.] Unpublished typescript history. [x]+75pp. No imprint/date but. c.1920 with small label at rear of Cambridge Univ. Typewriting Office.  #63172
[HLMainPic] New Army Battery raised at Tidworth in April 1915 & proceeded to France at the end of July & operated on the Somme front (with 48th Div.) throughout 1916 & the spring of 1917 when they supported the Canadian attack at Vimy Ridge, then in the Salient for Messines, after the second day of which battle this account closes (the writer presumably being a casualty of that event.) An informative day-to-day record including notes of officers & men who were casualties. Includes rolls of officers & sergeants who served with the Battery, roll of awards & Roll of Honour. Original typescript of unpublished history retained by cord in khaki cloth binding, VG & unique. See illustrations on our website.   £375
History of the 520th (Field) Company R.E. (T.F.) formerly known as the 2/3rd London (Field) Company R.E. (T.F.) 1914-1918. 1st Ed., [90]pp., portrait frontis. War Narratives Publishing Co. 1919  #60779
[HLMainPic] Appealing history of service in France & Flanders with 47th (London) Div. 1915-18 inc. Loos, Somme, Messines, Cambrai. Roll of Hon., Hons. & Awards, nominal roll, &c. Orig. red cloth, stained o/w VG & scarce with owenership inscrip. of S. Warren, 74 Hewitt Rd., Hornsey, N8, who is listed in the appendices as No. 550226 Cpl. S.C. Warren who was wounded at Spoil Bank, Ypres, 10th June 1917, an event which he has also recorded in a pencil marginal note at the appropriate place in the text. See illustration on our website.   £85
Royal Artillery War Commemoration Book: A Regimental Record written & illustrated for the most part by artillerymen while serving in the line during the Great War. 1st Ed., xxiv+408pp., folio, col. & b/w plates throughout, sketches &c. Bell. 1920  #60043
[HLMainPic] A superb memorial record that contains numerous accounts of different units & actions, individual experiences &c., in numerous actions on all Fronts, as well as the Roll of Honour of officers. Awesome, immense, well-illustrated compilation & invaluable for the study of the Royal Artillery on the Western Front & elsewhere. Orig. dark blue cloth, gilt to front & sp., excellent copy, near fine & scarce thus. See illustrations on our website.   £225
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
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  #63926
[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
The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion) Record of War Service 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 136pp., 30 plates, map. Glasgow: Clark. 1920  #61444
[HLMainPic] A 'Pals' battalion; F&F 1915-18 (Somme 1/7/16 at Mouquet Farm where Sgt. Turnbull won a VC; Beaumont Hamel; Messines; Passchendaele &c.). Nominal roll, awards. Orig. grey & red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
Tunnellers' Old Comrades Association Bulletin. Three issues, No. 2, 1927; No. 10, 1935 & No. 13, 1938, all in orig. wraps., 24, 51 & 72pp., several photos. No imprint, but obviously for the OCA. Contemp. Together with: Special Order of the Day by FM Sir Douglas Haig dated 4th December 1918.  #63996
[HLMainPic] Rare Tunnellers' OCA journals, each containing OCA news, reports from branches both at home & overseas, various details of former tunnellers & their activities, lists of new members &c., but most importantly around a dozen articles of reminiscences, such as "The Experiment with a Power-Driven Clay-Cutter at Petit Bois, 1916" by 'Tunneller'; "The Troubles & Tribulations of a Newly Recruited Tunnelling Officer in April 1915" by A.D. Lumb; "The Fight for Givenchy Ridge, April 1918 & the Part Played by the 251st (T) Coy. RE" by Capt. E.J. Ritchie, adjutant; "Notes on 179 Company" by J. Young, &c. Together with Haig's Special Order of the Day dated 4th Dec. 1918 concerning Mine Warfare & specifically thanking Tunnellers for "the fine work that has been done by the Tunnelling Companies throughout the last four years... They have earned the thanks of the whole Army for their contribution to the defeat of the enemy. Their fighting spirit & technical efficiency has enhanced the reputation of the whole Corps of Royal Engineers, & of the Engineers of the Overseas Forces..." All four items little worn, generally VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War, 1914-19. Military Mining. 1st Ed., x+148pp., 29 photos., 61 plates/diagrams/sketches (many fldg.). Chatham: Mackay & Co. for the Institution of Royal Engineers. 1922  #63617
[HLMainPic] Superb & now very rare reference on Western Front mining: outline history of operations, technical aspects & mine rescue, with splendid illustrations inc. fldg. maps of trench & tunnel systems, aerial photos., photos. & sketches of methods & equipment. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little chipped, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
BARTON (Peter), DOYLE (P.) & VANDEWALLE (J.) Beneath Flanders Fields: The Tunnellers' War 1914-18. 1st Ed., 304pp., 4to, profusely illustrated with photos., maps & plans (some in colour). VG in dw. Staplehurst: Spellmount. 2004  #62641
[HLMainPic] Lavish & impressive fully illustrated record of RE Tunneling Companies & their work in the Ypres Salient, including fascinating accounts with colour photos. of recent 'battlefield archaeology' undertaken by the authors & their colleagues. Original hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustrations on our website.   £25

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