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1/6th Battn. London Regiment: Battalion Christmas Card 1917. Attractive card with regimental crest to front & insert (held in with red & green cord tie) depicting the battalion's battles & engagements from March 1915-August 1917, with appealing sketches. VG with inscrip. from Fred Hobbs to Mother & loosely inserted photo. of two soldiers of the battalion, one presumably Hobbs. See illustrations on our website.  #61819
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126 Heavy Battery, R.G.A., 1915-1919. 1st Ed., 83pp., 2 portraits. No imprint/date (Printed by W.P. Griffith & Sons., London EC4, c.1919).  #63045
[HLMainPic] Largely based on unit War Diary, maintained by Sgt. G.H. Porter until he was KiA at Queant, 12/9/18 (his portrait appears as frontispiece). Also includes rolls of officers, Roll of Hon. (with details of where killed), statistics of Rounds Fired, awards roll, citations for DCM, MM & MSM awards. Unit was formed at Camberwell in May 1915 & served on the Somme 1916, Lens Front in 1917, Ypres & Final Advance. Orig. red cloth, gilt, small but useful & rare history. See illustration on our website.   £75
2/4 Battalion Hampshire Regiment 1914-1919. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps. with cord tie, 68pp., 4to, 2 maps. Privately printed. nd 1920  #57016
[HLMainPic] 2/4th Hants. in Palestine May 1917-May 1918 then in France with the 62nd (West Riding) Div. for the Final Advance June-Nov. 1918 inc. Havrincourt, Marcoing & Le Quesnoy. Several rolls of officers, awards. Casualties noted in text. Somewhat chipped but VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £125
332 Siege Battery R.G.A. An Account of its Adventures in the Great War, 1917-18. Compiled from Notes & Recollections of Officers of the Battery. 1st Ed., ix+134pp., 22 photos., 5 fldg. maps. Windsor: Oxley & Son, Printers. nd (c.1920s)  #61958
[HLMainPic] 6-In. How. Battery formed Jan. 1917: F&F from May starting in Ploegsteert Sector then 3rd Ypres, down to Bertrancourt for March Retreat & Final Advance from Mericourt to Bois l'Evecque. Detailed history. Roll of officers & WOs (with brief services), Roll of Hon. Orig. dec. blue cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
59th Division 1915-1919. 1st Ed., 186pp., 9 photos., 2 plans. Chesterfield: Wilfred Edmunds Ltd. 1928  #62382
[HLMainPic] Collaborative effort mostly by officers of the Division. Served Ireland (sent to quell the Easter Rising) & then F&F from Feb. 1917 & fought at Passchendaele, Bourlon Wood, March Offensive &c. Orig. cloth, sp. chipped with sl. loss at head, rubbed & lightly dampstained o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website   £100
5th Signal Company Royal Engineers: Summary of War History 1914-1919. Card wraps., [7]pp. Aldershot: G&P. nd  #62577
[HLMainPic] Summary of services with 5th Div., Western Front from Aug. 1914, & list of awards. Concise but scarce. VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
A Corner of Armageddon. 1914-1918. A Personal Narrative of the Great War by Corporal of Horse Percy Lloyd King, Second Life Guards. [ii]+75+[iii]+[ii]pp., foolscap, dup. typescript (rectos only), approx. 52,000 words. Privately circulated by the author. 1919  #58583
[HLMainPic] Very rare account by a NCO (Corporal of Horse is a rank unique to the Household cavalry, corresponding to a sergeant in other regiments) of the 2nd Life Guards of service in France & Flanders from October 1914-November 1918. A very well written & informative narrative of much value on the active service of the regiment & other matters pertaining to it. In August 1914 2nd Life Guards was denuded of some of its best men & horses to the newly formed Composite Regiment of Household Cavalry, which proceeded immediately on active services. King's story therefore commences with the regiment being brought up to full strength by drafts from other cavalry regiments, so that it in itself could proceed on active service, as it did in October. During the rebuilding of the regiment in 1914 "it must be noted that the equine half of the Regiment was practically untrained in military work, the majority of the animals being blissfully ignorant of Riding School manners & customs. Undoubtedly a great many of them knew more about the hunting field, (or haply the tradesman's van), & so, just at first, the mere act of drawing swords created quite a flutter, while the practice of the Charge often led to the multiplication of 'Troop Leaders'. & the exercise of considerable invective. For my own part, although the animal I bestrode was powerful, lovable & 'a grand lepper', I could always be unpleasantly sure, in the event of a charge, of getting away with the first flight, & involuntarily appearing to wish to oust the Colonel from his rights & privileges! But I always comforted myself with the conviction that Active Service would tone down this Pegasus of mine to behaviour more seemly, & so, in the event, it proved." It also proved that on arrival in Flanders they were to be thrown into the First Battle of Ypres: "We took up a position dismounted [on the line Passchendaele-Westroosebeke], & were presently so perseveringly attended to by the Germans, whose guns were feeling for a battery on our left, that we got the order to dig in. This was not so easy as it sounds, as there were few, if any, shovels available. However, by working with bayonets & fingers & the soil being luckily soft & free from stones, we at length made quite a respectable trench..." The next afternoon [21st October] "...we were haled from a turnip field, where we had been resting, to a very pretty little affair in Zonnebeke. Arrived thither somewhat rapidly, we dismounted in the shelter of the streets, & were led into the grounds of a chateau, where, almost immediately, we came under rifle fire. Some of us selected a circular flower bed as being about the best place to view the proceedings from, and, as the firing evidently came from some reeds on the other side of a sheet of ornamental water, proceeded to respond to the attention. It seemed that the greater part of the enemy were on the sky-line, rather out of effective rifle range, but that the Germans had left some snipers in the grounds of the chateau... We were presently withdrawn from the chateau grounds, & lined a hedge by the road outside, the texture of which was so thick that it was necessary for each man to clear a little loophole for himself with his bayonet... When word was passed to retire, we had to do so rather carefully, running past a big gap in the hedge, one by one, & on arriving at the near end of the line of horses, found... Four carcasses were lying in rather a ghastly mess at different points along the road... one of our Corporals had been killed... An exhausting night march to Voormezeele followed" Unknown to the men at the time, their support on a flank had enabled the infantry in front of the village to maintain its line, "but, for all we knew... we might have been acting as disappearing targets for the improvement of German marksmanship." Much activity followed during the next week, including action at Zandvoorde &c. 31st October found King witnessing events at Ypres: "I remember seeing a woman & several children at the gate of a cottage, watching the shells bursting on the sky-line, & evidently trying to decide whether to swell the ranks of the refugees or to remain where they were. A pitiful sight enough, but one all to common... The sight of refugees moving away from their houses, with such poor baggage as their limited means of transport enabled them to convey, was distinctly pathetic..." On 6th November near Hooge: "A young officer of ours, a Lieut. Peterson, was hit in the leg, not far away to my left, & was also killed by a second bullet as he was being carried out of it. The Troop Officer, Lieut. Sandys, was hit in the shoulder & I saw him crawling painfully away, but had no time to enquire as, with the putting out of action of the only two British officers in the immediate neighbourhood, the control of the Troop devolved upon me, as the senior N.C.O. present..." These extracts convey the quality of the observant & eloquent narrative. He remained with the regiment on the Western Front throughout the war including much further action during the second battle of Ypres, 1915, assisting in holding the Hohenzollern Redoubt in Jan. 1916, at readiness on the Somme for a breakthrough, but not employed, more of the same in 1917 & 1918, but often employed providing digging parties & so forth. The account includes an index & concludes with a short but useful statement of the services of the regiment in the war. Nice contemp. cloth binding, red cloth spine & corners with blue cloth boards & leather letterin label to fron, incribed by the author: "To:- Mrs Edward Tregoning of Launceston. In token of the friendship of many years from the Author. P. Ll. King. 23rd September 1919." See illustrations on our website.   £1250
A German Deserter's War Experience. 1st UK Ed., translated by J. Koettgen. 254pp. Grant Richards. 1917  #63251
[HLMainPic] The author, it is stated, 'escaped from Germany after fourteen months of fighting in France... [a] vivid description of the life of a common German soldier in the present war' - Preface. Orig. black cloth, minor wear, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £45
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 History of the Sixty-Sixth Field Artillery Brigade American Expeditionay Forces, Composed of the 146th & the 148th Field Artillery; National Guard Troops from the Western States of Colorado, Wyoming, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, New Mexico. 1st Ed., 379pp., 105 photos., 7 fldg. maps. Denver: Smith-Brooks. nd (c.1919)  #61173
[HLMainPic] Lavish & well-illustrated but sadly lacks two maps. Orig. cloth, rather worn, sound. See illustration on our website.   £20

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