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ANGLESEY (The Marquess of) A History of the British Cavalry 1816-1919. Vol. 7: The Curragh Incident & the Western Front 1914. 1st Ed., xxiii+262pp., 48 photos., sketches, 11 maps + ep map. VG in dw. Cooper. 1996  #56929
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed standard history. This volume covering the lead-up to war & 1914 campaign on the Western Front. VG in dw & now uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £45
ATKINSON (C.T.) The 7th Division 1914-1918. 1st Ed., x+529pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 35 maps. Murray. 1927  #60784
[HLMainPic] Western Front from Aug. 1914, all major operations up to 3rd Ypres then in Italy 1917-18. Order of Battle. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
CULL (Ian) et al. China Dragon's Tales: The 1st Battalion. The Story of the 1st Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) in World War One. 1st Ed., orig. laminated card wraps., viii+176pp., A4 format, num. photos. & maps. The Wardrobe Museum Trust (i.e., the Regiment). 2004  #63194
[HLMainPic] Excellent account of the battalion's service on the Western Front from 1914 onwards, inc. 1st Ypres, Festubert, Loos, Somme, Arras, Bourlon Wood &c., utilising regimental War Diary & various participants' diaries, letters & other documents. Roll of Hon., awards & selected biographies of battalion members. VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
DONOVAN (Tom) In Memoriam: A Bibliography of Personal Memorial Volumes of the Great War, 1914-1918. 1st Ed., x+390pp., 62 col. illus. on 16 plates. VG in dw. Tom Donovan Editions. 2015  #62063
[HLMainPic] Contains detailed descriptions of 370 WW1 memorial volumes recorded by me over some 30 years, including trawling the collections of the IWM, British Library, &c. The personal memorial volumes of the Great War, 1914-1918, were a phenomenon particular to the period & more especially to the sons of upper middle class temporary officers who fell in very large numbers. Memorial volumes were of course produced for a number of Regular Army (& Navy) officers too, as well as for a few "other ranks" & to several Americans serving with the British Forces. When making my selection I have also been mindful of the need to establish a working definition of what we mean by a Great War personal memorial volume. My assumption has been that the volume must be 'personal,' i.e. about an individual or, in some cases, about multiple related individuals such as brothers. The subject of the volume must have been on active service during the Great War & must have died as a result of that service, having been killed in action, died of wounds or died as a result of sickness or accident. In other words the volume must have been compiled & published posthumously. The contents must include at least one of the following: memoirs, letters, or diaries; the memoirs may be written by the subject or by a third party about the subject; the letters may be written by or to the subject or may be letters of condolence written to the family after the subject's death. In addition the volume may include biographical details & poetry written by the subject but I have specifically excluded formal biographies & volumes of verse. These criteria encompass a broad range of publications from small privately printed volumes to mass-produced books that ran into many editions, & from pamphlets to luxurious leather-bound volumes. Similarly the range and variety of content included is substantial. These volumes constitute a rich vein for modern historians to mine. They constitute a canon of writing – much of it surprisingly fine considering the youth of the writers – which provides us with an insight into a wide range of personal experiences & emotions that collectively represents the active service experience of this generation. The letters and diaries reproduced in these volumes, together with the memorials of their lives written by those who knew them, & the letters of condolence written by comrades & friends, tell us much about these young men, their society & background &, implicitly, the impact of the war on British society. These accounts complement the various formal official & regimental histories & the large number of memoirs produced after the war. A few are simply bald biographical records; most are informative & many are amusing & entertaining. Some are quite exceptional in the range of emotion & experience eloquently described. Many are, inevitably, highly moving. To assist researchers I have included extensive indexes of regiments, cemeteries & memorials, schools & colleges, battles & other events of the Great War. Published in an edition of 100 copies & now out of print, but I have a handful of copies left. See illustrations on our website.   £95
EVANS (Capt. H.K.D., MC) & LAING (Major N.O., DSO) The 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars in the Great War. Foreword by Winston Churchill. 1st Ed., [xv]+198pp., 4to, 7 maps. Aldershot: G&P for the Regt. 1920  #59416
[HLMainPic] Western Front throughout the war: Retreat from Mons, Aisne, 1st & 2nd Ypres, Loos, Somme, Arras &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, cloth somewhat worn o/w sound throughout. See illustration on our website.   £120
HARRIS (Tindall) Motoring Memories in Peace & War. 1st Ed., viii+91pp., 2 photos. & 3 drawings. St. Catherine Press. 1928  #49758
[HLMainPic] Memoirs of an early motorist, mostly concerning the Great War when the author served in France & carried over 5000 wounded: "In October, 1914, I joined a Red Cross convoy for France as a voluntary driver. I was 52, lucky in that respect to be safe from the trenches." Valuable & rare account of the work & conditions of a volunteer Red Cross driver in France & Flanders, who finally returned home early in 1918 after more than two years work at the Front. Orig. red cloth, gilt, near fine, published by St. Catherine's Press (imprint of W.H. Smith & Son's Arden Press) but almost certainly a private venture by the author. Rare. See illustration on our website.   £145
KENNEDY (Rev. E.J.) With the Immortal Seventh Division. 4th Ed., x+198pp., portrait frontis. H&S. 1916  #53737
[HLMainPic] Chaplain with the 7th Div. 1914-15: an account of his experiences with chapters including "The Care of the Wounded," "Work at the Base" &c. Orig. red cloth, lacks ffep & part of rear ep o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
LEASK (Maj. Gen Anthony) Putty: From Tel-El-Kebir to Cambrai: The Life & Letters of Lieutenant General Sir William Pulteney, 1861-1941. 1st Ed., 779pp., approx. 50 photos., 11 maps. VG in dw. Solihull: Helion. 2015  #58166
[HLMainPic] Substantial, detailed & only biog. of Scots Guard & long-serving GOC III Corps on the Western Front: from Mons 1914 to Cambrai 1917. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £20
LEVY (Stanley J.) Memories of the 71st & 83rd Companies, R.A.S.C., M.T., 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 176pp., frontis., 20 photos., 25 sketches. Printed for Private Circulation in an Edition of 200 copies by The Abbey Press, Westminster. 1931  #57042
[HLMainPic] Finely produced record of these Mechanical Transport units of the ASC on the Western Front, with much interesting & intimate detail on their work & experiences. Operations include 1st, 2nd & 3rd Ypres; Neuve Chapelle; Loos; Battles of the Somme, &c. Orig. half blue morocco, cloth boards, gilt to front & spine, little rubbed/warped, generally VG indeed. This example, No. 112 of just 200 produced, presented to former comrade W. Fieldhouse. A particularly rare & informative record. See illustration on our website.   £165
MAURICE (Maj.-Gen. Frederick) The 16th Foot: A History of the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment. 1st Ed., xi+240pp., 3 sketch maps. VG in chipped dw. Constable. 1931  #58510
[HLMainPic] Napoleonic Wars, Boer War & much WW1 Western Front from 1914 onwards, Ypres 1914 & 1915, Loos, Somme 1916, the Ancrre, Arras 1917 &c. Orig. black cloth, VG in chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £30

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