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Victoria Cross   9 Books
BINGHAM (Cdr. The Hon. Barry, VC, RN) Falklands, Jutland & the Bight. Intro. by Adml. Sir David Beatty. 2nd Imp., 155p., 5 plates, plan. Murray. 1919  #58796
[HLMainPic] Personal account of these battles: HMS Invincible in 1914 & commanding the destroyer HMS Nestor at Jutland: sunk there & subsequently a PoW. His VC award was for his leadership of his destroyer division at Jutland. Orig. blue cloth, titled in red, minor wear, VG & inscribed "Isabel Hopwood from the Author Barry Bingham. Xmas 1927. A memento of ten happy years." See illustration on our website.   £95
CARPENTER (Capt. A.F.B., VC) The Blocking of Zeebrugge. 4th Imp., xxiv+295pp., num. photos., drawings, maps & plans. Jenkins. 1922  #55685
[HLMainPic] The epic Zeebrugge Raid, St. George's Day, 1918, in which the author won the VC. Orig. blue cloth, titled in black, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
DINESON (Lt. Thomas, VC) Merry Hell! A Dane with the Canadians. 1st Eng. Ed., 254pp., 15 plates. VG in chipped dw. Jarrolds. 1929  #60654
[HLMainPic] Author reached Canada in 1917 & enlisted in the Royal Highlanders of Canada (Black Watch), arrived at the Western Front in March 1918 & won the VC in the Battle of Amiens (the only Danish holder of the award), also the Croix de Guerre & a commission. Informative account of training & active service with the Canadians. Orig. rust cloth, titled in black, VG in chipped & neatly repaired but scarce & attractive dw. See illustration on our website.   £225
JONES (F/L Ira, DSO, MC, DFC, MM) King of Air Fighters: Biography of Major "Mick" Mannock, VC, DSO, MC. 1st Ed., xv+303pp., portrait frontis., 22 photos. Nicholson & Watson. 1934  #57139
[HLMainPic] Scarce biog. by fellow ace pilot in 74 Sqdr. (& one of the most highly decorated pilots of the First World War) who knew Mannock well. Orig. black cloth, blocked red, very nice copy with nice author inscription:'To A.J. Holladay with the Compliments of the Author. Ira Jones (alias "Taffy") Nov. 13th 1934.' VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £225
MCKEAN (Capt. G.B., VC, MC, MM, 14th Canadian Inf.) Scouting Thrills. Introduction by Lt.-Gen. Sir R.E.W. Turner, GOC Canadian Troops in England. New Imp., viii+235pp., 4 col. plates by John de Walton. Humphrey Milford, Oxford Univ. Press. 1930  #58307
[HLMainPic] Based on author's service as a much decorated Scout Officer, but written for boys, "...he recounts some of his most thrilling experiences on the Western Front, particularly the exploit by which he gained the V.C. [and:] of nights spent crawling around in the mud of No-Man's-Land, of lonely vigils in shell-holes, bombing raids, & unpleasant experiences 'on the wire.'" (from publisher's catalogue at rear). Orig. dec. wheat cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
MUNDELL (Frank) Stories of the Victoria Cross. 20th Thousand, 176pp., 14 illus. Sunday School Union. London. nd (c1900).  #60370
[HLMainPic] Yet another VC record, containing deeds between 1854 & 1900. Orig. orange dec. cloth, a very nice copy indeed with enamelled Indian Mutiny illustration to front board. See illustration on our website.   £35
POLLARD (Capt. A.O., VC, MC, DCM) Fire-Eater: Memoirs of a V.C. 1st Ed., 278pp., 27 plates (some from sketches by Adrian K.G. Hill, TI, ROI). Hutchinson. 1932  #63603
[HLMainPic] The highly decorated author is in no way self-effacing when describing his exploits & achievements, but his memoir of lengthy & very distinguished Western Front service with the HAC, in the ranks & as an officer, is informative & compelling. Orig. rust cloth, gilt, somewhat spotted & marked, few leaves loose, sound & complete with all plates. See illustration on our website.   £35
THORNTON (Lt.-Col. L.H., CMG, DSO) & FRASER (Pamela) The Congreves, Father & Son: General Sir Walter Norris Congreve, VC; Bt.-Major William La Touche Congreve, VC. 1st Ed., xvii+337pp., 8 plates. Murray. 1930  #62961
[HLMainPic] Interesting diaries & letters of Walter Congreve (VC at Colenso & GOC XIII Corps on the Western Front) & his remarkably able staff officer son Billy, Rifle Brigade & 3rd Div. Staff, VC, DSO, MC, KiA on the Somme. Orig. black cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £85
UYS (Ian S.) For Valour: The History of Southern Africa's Victoria Cross Heroes. 1st Ed., xviii+398pp., approx. 90 portraits & other photos., 10 maps. VG in dw. Published by the Author, Jo'burg. 1973  #63008
[HLMainPic] Detailed lives & services of 39 recipients up to the end of WW2. Near fine in dw with loosely inserted errata slip. See illustration on our website.   £25


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