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Royal Scots   18 Books
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9th Royal Scots (T.F.), B Company On Active Service, From A Private's Diary, February-May 1915. 2nd Ed., 94pp., sm. 8vo. Edinburgh: Printed by Turnbull & Spears. 1916  #56786
[HLMainPic] Presumably privately printed record, the writer reporting events with great immediacy as they unfolded, of active service in the Ypres Salient, billeted at Voormezeele & Vlamertinghe, in action at Sanctuary Wood, in support of the Canadians at St. Julien during '2nd Ypres,' then back to Sanctuary Wood. Some of the letters also appeared in Scottish newspapers of the period. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
The Poems of Robert W. Sterling. Born 19th November, 1893. Glasgow Academy & Sedbergh. Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford. Lieutenant, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in Action, S. George's Day, 1915. 1st Ed., xvi+68pp., portrait frontis., facsimile of his bookplate. Oxford Univ. Press. 1916  #59199
Memoir & poems, several written whilst on active service in 1915. He was Killed in Action with the 1st Bn. of his regiment on 23/4/15 & is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
ALMACK (Edward) The History of the Second Dragoons "Royal Scots Greys." 1st Ed., xx+312pp., 4to, 44 illus. (inc. 3 col. plates of uniforms). London. 1908  #56094
[HLMainPic] Handsome, substantial work including Waterloo campaign, Crimea & the Boer War. Roll of officers' services. Orig. grey cloth, gilt, with white buckram sp. strip., gilt, little rubbed & worn, about VG   £125
BYGOTT (J.) Ed. Two Soldier Brothers: "Bert" (Lt. Walter Bertram Wood MC & Bar, Hants. Regt. & R.F.C.), "Ted" (2/Lt. Edwin Leonard Wood, 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers). 1ST eD., ix+176pp., 185x125mm, 8 plates. Jarrolds (London) & Albert Gait, Grimsby. nd (c.1918)  #60365
[HLMainPic] Memoirs of brothers both killed in France in 1917. Walter Bertarm Wood and Edwin Leonard Wood were both Ed. at St. James' Secondary School, Grimsby. Walter ("Bert") Wood was commissioned in the Hampshire Regiment and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps: all his service overseas was with the R.F.C., commencing 30th March 1917. He was a scout pilot in 29th Squadron and both his Military Crosses were won, during a three month period, for combats with enemy aircraft. He was then posted to 44th (Home Defence) Squadron in the U.K. and met his death in a crash on 11th November 1917. He was twenty years old and is buried in Grimsby (Scartho Road) Cemetery. His elder brother, Edwin, was born in 1892, entered the Civil Service and worked in Edinburgh: he was accepted into the Artists' Rifles in October 1916 then commissioned in the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was posted to the 1st Battalion in France in June 1917 and Killed in Action in an attack near Ypres on 26th September, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. He was twenty-five. Contains much detail on the lives of both brothers, portraits of each, extracts from their letters and diaries, recollections by friends and colleagues. Orig. grey printed paper covd. boards with red cloth backstrip, blocked black, somewhat rubbed & worn, sound. See illustration on our website.   £120
EWING (Wm., MC, CF) From Gallipoli to Baghdad. 1st Ed., xii+306pp., 17 plates, map. H&S. 1917  #60692
[HLMainPic] Chaplain attd. 4th Royal Scots at Gallipoli then to a General Hospital & later on to 1st Seaforths in Mespot. 1916-17. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, little rubbed, frontis. creased, generally VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65
GORDON (Major A.A., CBE, MVO, JP, late Major, 9th [Highlander] Bn. The Royal Scots) Culled from A Diary (1867-1939). Foreword by Lord Mottistone [aka Gen. Jack Seely]. 1st Ed., x+214pp. VG in rather chipped dw. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd. 1941  #59912
[HLMainPic] In his Preface the author states that "Most of what I have written deals with the years 1914-22 & is taken from brief diaries made at the time..." He was Attaché to the Military Household of the King of Belgium, Leopold I, 1915-20, & earlier, in 1914, went to Belgium with a consignment of material for the relief of Belgian refugees; was present at the Siege of Antwerp, where he had several meetings with the First Sea Lord - Winston Churchill - & also met Col. Seely for the first time (he became Seely's Orderly Officer, & Seely writes in the Foreword that "I owed so much to his kindly help & fearless action during the brief but dramatic siege of Antwerp in 1914"). This period is described with much interesting detail in the main text & the Appendix reproduces his diary of events at Antwerp from 6th-12th October 1914, being a contemporary Report requested by Churchill. Most interesting on this period & other events of the author's life. VG & scarce, especially in dw. See illustration on our website.   £65
HODDER (Reginald) British Regiments at The Front: The Story of Their Batle Honours. 1st Ed., 189pp. Hodder & Stoughton. 1914  #60844
[HLMainPic] A volume in the "Daily Telegraph War Books" series. Contains an interesting (but not comprehensive) chapter on regimental nicknames & how they came about, followed by succinct accounts of the histories of several dozen regiments (including Connaught Rangers & Dublin Fusiliers, Northurmberland Fusiliers, Royal Scots, 15th & 18th Hussars, &c.). None of the content relates to WW1, but what is offered is interesting & neatly presented. Orig. red cloth, titled in black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
LEASK (J.C.) & McCANCE (H.M.) Comps. The Regimental Records of the Royal Scots. 1st Ed., xxiv+787pp., 4to, 46 plates (some col.), 25 illus. in text. Dublin: Alex. Thom & Co. 1915  #60610
[HLMainPic] Amazingly detailed & beautifully produced history with Appendices on Regimental Music, Trophies, Pipers, Drinking Song &c. Many early campaigns, Egypt 1801, Peninsular & Waterloo, India, Crimea, Zulu War, Boer War, &c. Orig. full calf, rubbed at edges, but attractive, VG & scarce with tipped-in letter from joint-author Leask to an officer-colleague, outlining his services at Home during 1914-17 &c. See illustration on our website.   £125
LYNN (Escott) Lads of the Lothians: With the Royal Scots in Gallipoli. 1st Ed., 381pp., frontis. & 7 plates. Chambers. 1920  #60682
[HLMainPic] Novel based on the experiences of the 6th Bn. Royal Scots in training & at the Dardanelles 1915. VG & surprisingly unusual novel of the Gallipoli campaign. Orig. red dec. cloth, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
MURE (Major A.H., TD) With the Incomparable 29th. 1st Ed., [vii]+206pp. VG in dw. Chambers. 1919  #59668
[HLMainPic] Author served with 5th Royal Scots in 29th Div., landing at V Beach, battles for Fir Tree Wood & Krithia &c. until evacuated, being 'all in' after 42 days under fire. Orig. rust cloth, VG in attractive dw & rare thus. See illustration on our website.   £245

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