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[RICHARDSON (James C.)] The Living, And the Living Dead, By An Old Soldier: Ruminations, Whims, Fancies, Jokes & Philosophies with A Batch of War Experiences Thrown in After 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 206pp. Arthur H. Stockwell. [1923].  #60443
[HLMainPic] Several curious chapters of philosophising preface the author's main war memoirs. He had apparently served in the Boer War, rushed to enlist at the Whitehall Recruiting Office on 4th August 1914, where he was kept as a clerk in the recruiting of others. In November he left Whitehall for Aldershot then for France in December where he was attached (with the Military Mounted Police - MiC refers) to 5th Cav. Bde. HQ, invalided by a kick from a horse in May 1915, he went out to Egypt in Jan. 1916, was i/c XV Corps HQ (MP details presumably - he mentions that one of his duties at Port Said was looking out for spies) then with 22 Div. HQ in Salonika & Macedonia. He observed some interesting events in Flanders & the Middle East & makes interesting comments on the local inhabitants of the countries in which he served, the relationship between the French/Flemish peasants & the British soldiery, &c. Orig. blue/green cloth, gilt to front & sp., minor wear, generally VG & rare. This copy with bookplate E.A.R. Ewen plus presentation bookplate from Ewen to The Library at Christ's Hospital [School], Horsham, in 1926. Ewen was an accountant & evidently a friend of the author: tipped-onto ffep is an envelope containing a letter from the author to Ewen: "Dear Ewen / At a time of stress, I stressed a book! And I have asked the publisher to send you on a copy. If you read it, you will have had a 'bewildering diversion.' Yours ever, James C. Richardson." Plus loosely inserted letter from the publisher forwarding the said book. See illustrations on our website.   £125

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