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Ypres 1917   23 Books
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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
The Tenth Battalion the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) A Record & A Memorial 1914-1918. 1st Ed., xix+168pp., 23 portraits of officers, from drawings by Lt. H.J. Gunn, 3 photos. Edinburgh: Printed for Private Circulation. 1923  #58061
[HLMainPic] Fine history (written by four former officers of the battalion) with 15th (Scottish) Div., Western Front 1915-18 inc. Loos, Somme, Arras, Ypres &c. Officers' roll noting dates served in the bn. &c., roll of awards. Orig. green cloth, titled in black, tather rubbed & worn but sound & rare. See illustration on our website.   £120
[HAIG (Sir Douglas)] DAVIDSON (Maj.-Gen. Sir John, KCMG, CB, DSO) Haig: Master of the Field. 1st Ed., xxiv+158pp., frontis., map eps. VG in dw. Nevill. 1953  #48229
[HLMainPic] Haig's DMO, 'Tavish' Davidson, defends his C-in-C's 1917-1918 strategy, utilising personal knowledge as a senior staff officer, notes he kept at the time & other sources. See illustration on our website.   £14
ADAMS (H.M.) 1916-1918: A War Diary. 1st Ed., [vi]+145pp. Worcester: Printed by Ebenezer Baylis & Son for the Author. 1922  #58626
[HLMainPic] Very rare privately published memoirs of Capt. Herbert Mayow Adams, MC, who was Ed. at Marlborough & Oxford, embarked for France with 2/8th Worcesters (TF) 24th May 1916. They were part of the 61st (2nd South Midland) Division, & served with this formation on the Western Front until the end of the war, including operations at Fromelles in 1916, the Ancre & Ypres in 1917, the German counter-attack after Cambrai & Somme 1918. By January 1918 Adams was commanding "B" Coy. & was awarded the MC; he afterwards commanded No. 4 Section, "B'"Coy., 48th Bn. MGC in France & Italy during 1918. He did not paly a part in any major offensives, but his very detailed, matter-of-fact, account of several years of trench warfare, much of it spent in quiet but rarely uneventful sectors, provides a valuable account of war on the Western Front. He frequently mentions officers & men in his unit, & at the edn are rolls of "B" Coy., 2/8th Worcesters & his machine-gunners in 48th MG Battalion, as well as a detailed index. Orig. pale mottled paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip, titled in black to sp., VG & rare privately printed memoirs. See illustration on our website.   £275
ASTON (J.) & DUGGAN (L.M.) History of the 12th (Bermondsey) Bn. East Surrey Regiment. 1st Ed., 331pp., 4to, plates, fldg. maps. Union Press. 1936  #58300
[HLMainPic] Scarce, informative & detailed history. Western front 1916-18, notably at Flers on the Somme which they entered with the tanks. Roll of Hon., awards, nominal rolls of all ranks. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG with errata slip tipped-in at rear. See illustration on our website.   £120
ATKINSON (C.T.) The 7th Division 1914-1918. 1st Ed., x+529pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 35 maps. Murray. 1927  #50910
[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 with ownership inscrip. of G.W. Howard, noted within as GSO1 7th Div. 1916-18, afterwards commanding a brigade in 48th Div. See illustration on our website.   £65
ATKINSON (C.T.) The 7th Division 1914-1918. 1st Ed., x+529pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates, 35 maps. Murray. 1927  #53058
Western Front from Aug. 1914, all major operations up to 3rd Ypres then in Italy 1917-18. Order of Battle. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, ex-circ. lib., sp. rubbed o/w VG.   £35
FLETCHER (I.) Ed. Letters from the Front: The Great War Correspondence of Lieut. Brian Lawrence, 1916-1917. 1st Ed., 128pp., 8 photos., 3 maps. VG in dw. Tunbridge Wells: Parapress. 1993  #40300
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards in France Oct. 1916-Aug. 1917 when wounded by shell north of Ypres. Scarce.   £10
HARVEY (Sgt. W.J., MM) The Red & White Diamond: Authorised History of the Twenty-fourth Battalion A.I.F. Facsimile reprint of 1920 1st Ed., 340pp., frontis., 24 photos., 4 maps. [Swanbourne, WA: John Burridge. 1984].  #55336
[HLMainPic] Scarce & good quality reprint (200 copies - as was the 1st Ed.). Served Gallipoli, Egypt & Western Front. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & complete nominal roll. Orig. paper covd. boards, little rubbed, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
LAMBERT (A.) Over The Top: A P.B.I. in the H.A.C. 3rd Imp., 224pp. John Long. nd  #52709
[HLMainPic] Personal account by 1917 conscript in the HAC, posted to 2nd Bn., 7th Div., & fought at 3rd Ypres &c. then to Italy from Nov. 1917 'til the end of the war. Orig. red cloth, minor wear, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £65

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