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14th Heavy Battery R.G.A. War Diary, List of Honours & Awards to Officers, N.C.O.'s & Men Whilst Serving with the Battery, List of Officers who have Served with the Battery & Battery Roll of Honour. 1st Ed., 108pp., 7 photos., fldg. map (showing positions & dates where the Battery was in action, 1915-1918). Robert Scott. 1919  #58852
[HLMainPic] Contains Battery history, War Diary & various rolls as stated in the title. Roll os casualties includes the wounded, inc. place & nature of wounds; roll of awards includes citations inc. MMs; officers' service roll includes dates of service with unit & other details. Served at the Somme 1916, Arras 1917 &c. Orig. paper covd. boards with title & coloured cloth onlay to front (formation sign), nice copy & scarce, with comp. slip from the OC & Officers loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £120
A History of the 10th (Service) Bn. The East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Commercials) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., xix+204pp., 40 photos., fldg. map in end-pocket + 4 in text. Hull: Brown. 1937  #57130
[HLMainPic] France March 1916 after brief service in Egypt, involved in preparation for the attack at Serre 1/7/16 but were not called upon as the preceding waves failed so completely. Arras & Vimy Ridge 1917, German Spring Offensive, Final Advance &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £60
A Short Diary of the 11th Service Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. 1914-1919. Compiled by "Some of Them." 1st Ed., [vii]+105pp., col. frontis. (Bn. patch), 48 photos. Hull: Goddard, Walker & Brown Ltd. 1921  #58262
[HLMainPic] Appealing history of 2nd Hull Pals inc. training in UK, Egypt 1915-16 then Western Front from March 1916 inc. Somme, Arras, Vimy, Gavrelle, Lys &c. Rolls of awards, officers & senior NCOs. Many interesting privately taken snapshots inc. views inside dugouts &c. on Somme & elsewhere. Orig. red cloth, VG & very rare. See illustration on our website.   £245
A Short History of the 55th Infantry Brigade in the War of 1914-18. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 51pp. Burt & Sons, Printers. nd (c.1919).  #58246
[HLMainPic] CONFIDENTIAL: For Private Circulation Only, but printed so that "every officer & man might be in possession of a short history of his Brigade before he was demobilised." Brigade of the 18th Division, consisting of 7th Queens, 7th Buffs, 8th East Surrey & 7th Royal West Kents. Contains history of its formation in 1914 & services in France 1915-18 inc. Somme 1916, Ypres 1917, German Offensive 1918, Final Advance &c., with several rolls of officers & staff, award winners (inc. citations for some representative awards, inc. MM &c.). Orig. brown printed wraps., sl. creased o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
A War Record of the 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) 1914-1919. 1st Ed., 277pp., frontis. Privately published. 1927  #58063
[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, little rubbed, VG. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
Christian Creswell Carver. 1st Ed., 376pp., real photo. portrait frontis. Birmingham: Printed for Private Circulation by Cornish Bros. 1920  #57557
[HLMainPic] Christian Carver was born in 1897, Ed. Rugby & the RMA Woolwich: he was commissioned in April 1915 & served with D Batt., 84 Bde., 18th Div. Artillery, proceeding to France with the unit at the end of July 1915. On reorganisation in May 1916 his battery was renamed C Batt., 85th Bde., & in Dec. 1916 his entire section was sent to A Batt., 83rd Bde. Lt. Carver was wounded by a shell 23/7/17 near Ypres & Died of Wounds at 10.50 p.m. the same day at 17th CCS, Remy Siding, Lijssenthoek. His grave is in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Contains interesting & touching letters full of domestic detail, notes on life in the trenches (where he was often placed as a FOO) & his work in the Battery. On 1st July 1916 he was Liaison Officer with the 8th East Surreys during their attack on Montauban & was commended for this work. Concludes with extracts from letters of condolence from brother officers. Orig. grey paper covered boads with wheat cloth spine with paper label. VG & rare, inscribed "To May Green from Annie J.H. Carver, January 1931." See illustration on our website.   £245
Dan: A Memorial. 1st Ed., 283pp., 202x150mm, portrait frontis., 21 photos. & sketches. Printed for Private Circulation by R. & R. Clark Ltd., Edinburgh. 1918  #58579
[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, this sl. chipped o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £245
Fourth Army Headquarters Memorial to General Lord Rawlinson. 1st Ed., orig. dec. card wraps., 17pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. No imprint/date. [1927].  #53658
[HLMainPic] Following Rawly's death in 1925 officers of his HQ subscribed for an ornate bookcase to house important 4th Army documents, & for these to be specially bound, with memorial bookplates, the whole piece to be presented to the Staff College in memory of their commander. The bookcase currently resides in the IWM's storage at Duxford & the contents, presumably, form part of their archives. This booklet contains a summary of Rawlinson's career, details of the plan for the memorial bookcase & the address by Montgomery-Massingberd when it was presented to the Staff College. Also contains a roll of 144 officers & men of 4th Army HQ who subscribed to the project, noting their appointment at that HQ & dates of service. VG & rare survival of a fine tribute to a respected GOC. See illustration on our website.   £50
History of the 1st & 2nd Bns. North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales') 1914-1923. 1st Ed., [vii]+120pp., 4to, 4 plates, 8 maps & plans. Longton, Staffs: Hughes & Harber. nd 1933  #57680
[HLMainPic] Almost entirely 1st Bn., Western Front from Sept. 1914, 17 Bde., 6th Div., with a short account of the 2nd Bn. on the NWF & in Afghanistan 1919. Casualty statistics, awards roll. Orig. brown cloth, gilt to front, sl. chipped, generally VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £100
History of the Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles. 1st Ed., xvi+489pp., col. frontis., 26 photos., 14 maps. Printed for the Regt. 1921  #53057
Detailed history: 1st Bn. Western Front 1915-18; 2nd Bn. F&F briefly then Palestine & back to France in 1918. Nominal roll, awards &c. VG ex-IWM lib.   £25

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