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Rifle Brigade   18 Books
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Dan: A Memorial. 1st Ed., 283pp., 202x150mm, portrait frontis., 21 photos. & sketches. Printed for Private Circulation by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh. 1918  #62405
[HLMainPic] Daniel Edward Bradby, born at Rugby in 1896, the son of a Rugby School housemaster (H.C. Bradby, compiler of the volume) & educated there, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in 1914 & joined the 9th (S) Bn. in France in Dec. 1915; became O.C. "B" Coy. in September 1916 (after the Battle of Flers-Courcelette) & wasKiA near the Harp Redoubt during the Battle of Arras on 9th May 1917. He was twenty years old & is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery. Contains around 175pp. letters from the front, also lengthy extracts from various letters of condolence etc. Interestingly contains a (fairly indistinct) photograph of Bradby and another officer near the Harp Redoubt taken on the day of his death. In his final letter to his Mother, written on 8th April 1917 and left with a colleague ("I am giving this letter to some one or other who is staying behind to post if I get knocked out, so I hope you will never read it!") he wrote: "If I am killed you will at any rate know that I died trying to do my duty, and thinking always of you at home who I love so dearly." Orig. grey paper covered boards with wheat cloth backstrip & paper sp. label, little rubbed, generally VG with presentation inscrip. from his parents: "W.D.C. from H.C.B. & V.A.B. Easter 1918." Rare. See illustration on our website.   £250
James Colin MacLehose 2nd Lieut., Rifle Brigade 1897-1917. 1st Ed., 39pp., 5 portraits, 2 other plates. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation at the University Press. 1918  #57831
[HLMainPic] MacLehose was elder son of J.C. Maclehose, publisher to Glasgow University, & his wife Mary. Ed. at Rugby 1911-16; from school he went to the 4th Cadet Bn. at Oxford, was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade in November & joined 16th (S) Bn. in France in Jan. 1917. He was KiA in a night raid east of Ypres on 14th Feb. - rather less than six weeks after arriving - his last words as he was wounded being "Carry on, men, carry on." He was leading a raiding party and had not even reached the German wire when mortally wounded. The raid failed, the wire being uncut by the artillery preparation. Brown cloth with leather sp. label, another version seen, bound in brown paper covd. boards with gilt title to sp. VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
The History of the London Rifle Brigade 1859-1919. 1st Ed., text & mapcase: xx+515p., 6 plates, 17 sketch maps in text + 5 lge. fldg. maps in separate case. Constable. 1921  #63056
[HLMainPic] 5th Londons F&F 1914-18 Plugstreet, 2nd Ypres, 1/7/16 at Gommecourt &c. Detailed & readable history with num. anecdotes &c. Appendices inc. officers' services, awards. Complete: text + 5 fldg. maps in separate mapcase. Orig. green cloth, silver gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £50
The Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1918. 1st Ed., vi+352pp., 2 fldg. maps. For the RB. 1919  #61918
[HLMainPic] This edition includes war diaries of all regular & service bns. for the year 1915, various useful rolls of officers, awards, several good letters from the front, officers' obituaries &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
BELL (Capt. D.H., MC)] A Soldier's Diary of the Great War. 1st Ed., xx+252pp. Faber & Gwyer. 1929  #59613
[HLMainPic] Ed. & intro. by Henry Wiliamson, who had been to school with Bell & served with him in the LRB 1914-15. Bell was commissioned in the Seaforth Highlanders in April 1915 & quickly wounded at Hill 60. Returned to the front for Loos & the Somme, awarded MC, & later transferred to the RFC as a pilot. Orig. red cloth, titled in black (second issue binding), VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
BERKELEY (Capt. R., MC) & SEYMOUR (Brig. W.W.) The History of the Rifle Brigade in the War of 1914-1918. 1st Ed., Vol. I: Aug. 1914-Dec. 1916; Appendix: Lists of Officers & Other Ranks of the R.B. awarded decorations or MiD for services during the Great War (Comp. Lt.-Col. T.R. Eastwood, DSO, MC & Major H.G. Parkyn, OBE). xvi+245 & xv+409pp., 28 plates, 52 maps (14 fldg.); Appendix: [v]+105pp. 4to. The RB Club. 1927; 1936; 1936. 1927  #63137
[HLMainPic] Excellent history. Every notable action of all bns. described, many in great detail (all but one bn. served Western Front). Vol. II includes the indices; main index which is almost entirely names & index by bns. of their activities in chronological order & an index of actions. Rifle green cloth, silver gilt, VG throughout (although Vol. I rather worn due to earlier publication & inferior cloth), good complete set & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £165
GROOM (W.H.A.) Poor Bloody Infantry: A Memoir of the First World War. 1st Ed., 185pp., 16 illus., 3 maps. VG in dw. Kimber. 1976  #62998
[HLMainPic] Fine memoirs of a rifleman with the London Rifle Brigade on the Western Front 1917-18, Passchendaele, Cambrai &c. Original hardback edition, VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
GURNER (Ronald) Pass Guard at Ypres. 1st Ed., vii+241pp. VG in dw. Dent. 1930  #61784
[HLMainPic] Near classic Western Front memoirs in novelised form. Gurner served in F&F with the Rifle Brigade & Cyclist Corps, gaining the MC & being badly wounded. He never really recovered & committed suicide after a successful teaching career at Marlborough, Whitgift &c. Orig. maroon cloth, VG & rare, especially in the coveted pictorial dw, this example with neat internal renovation where chipped at extremities & very nice copy thus. See illustration on our website.   £425
GURNER (Ronald) Pass Guard at Ypres. 1st Ed., vii+241pp. Dent. 1930  #63073
[HLMainPic] Near classic Western Front memoirs in novelised form. Gurner served in F&F with the Rifle Brigade & Cyclist Corps, gaining the MC & being badly wounded. He never really recovered & committed suicide after a successful teaching career at Marlborough, Whitgift &c. Orig. maroon cloth, sl. sp. lean o/w VG & scarce with ownership inscrip. of John Hetherington which an unknown hand has identified as the poet John Helston. See illustration on our website.   £75
HANKEY (Donald) A Student in Arms: Second Series. With Biographical Sketch by H.M.A.H. [i.e., Hilda Hankey] 3rd Imp., 272pp., portrait frontis., 1 other portrait. VG in dw. Melrose. 1918  #61966
[HLMainPic] Donald Hankey was a heroic icon of the New Army ideal. Ed. at Rugby, he had been commissioned in the RA 1903-06 but resigned to study, travel & work with the Bermondsey Mission &c. He enlisted the 7th Rifle Brigade 1914 & as a cpl. was wounded at Hooge, afterwards commissioned in the Warwicks. & KiA with 1st Bn. on the Somme, 12th Oct. 1916. This is a continuation of Hankey's account of the early days of K1, with the addition of a 40pp. memoir of the author by his sister. Blue cloth sp., gilt, paper covd. boards, VG in chipped/torn but scarce dw. See illustration on our website.   £85

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