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The First World War The First World War, Personal memoirs of soldiers of all nations on all fronts, anthologies, literature and fiction, history and analysis   806 Books
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Geoffrey Watkins Smith. 1st Ed., 219pp., 197x133mm, portrait frontis., 7 plates. Oxford: Printed for Private Circulation. 1917  #57832
[HLMainPic] Geoffrey Watkins Smith was born in 1881 at Beckenham, Kent. He was a Scholar at Winchester and New College, Oxford, taking a First and becoming a Fellow and Tutor at New College. A distinguished zoologist, he was commissioned in 13th (Service) Battalion, Rifle Brigade, in 1914 & commanded "A" Coy. in France until his death on the Somme on 10th July 1916 during the battalion's attack at Contalmaison. He was thirty-four years old and is buried in Pozieres Military Cemetery. This memorial contains around 60pp. letters in training & at the front; also biography, lists of scientific publications &c. Grey paper covd. boards with wheat cloth backstrip. Number 116 of 125 individually numbered copies printed, "Each copy is to be numbered & presented to a near relation or intimate friend & the name inscribed." This copy presented to G.F. Simonds, who also was at New College & served in the war at a Lt. with 2/4th Berkshire Regt. & MGC until invalided in August 1916. Minor wear, VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £225
The Gallipoli Campaign: An Outline of the Military Operations. By A Student. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 87pp., 4 maps. Sifton, Praed & Co. 1923  #57320
[HLMainPic] Lucid concise account of the operations designed for use by officers studying for promotion exams &c. Sp. sl. chipped, near VG. Uncommon. See illustration on our website.   £25
London District Orders August 1914-March 1920 [For Official Use Only]. A complete run for the Great War from 4th August 1914 to 31st March 1920 (with the exception of Sept. 1915 & July-Dec. 1918, which are missing): 25 bound volumes, 4to, approximately 7,500pp. in all, + separate bound, typed Index for the period Aug. 1914-Dec. 1915.  #58370
[HLMainPic] A very rare run of the official organ of the London District [Command] in which appeared all changes in rules & regulations pertaining to matters within the District; also all movements & postings of officers in the District (including courses of instruction attended, &c.); changes in establishment, &c. The Orders also reproduce all the London Gazette notices re appointments & promotions in London regiments (TF) & other regiments based within the District (i.e., all regiments of the Brigade of Guards & supporting gunners, medical officers, engineers &c.). Citations for all awards with a District connection also reproduced. Examples of the multifarious subject matter include Waste Tea leaves (collection of, wet or dray & payment for same); Courts Martial; Railway Passes; List of names of officers taken on strength of the District; Courses of Instruction & Training in Machine Guns; Anti-Gas; Medical Boards; Canteens &c. Printed by Harrison & Sons (400 copies in 1914 rising to 900) & published three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Each numbered & dated & varying in length from one or two pages to around 20pp. Contemp. red, black, or maroon cloth, gilt, generally VG & a magnificent source on the London Regiment &c. See illustrations on our website.   £600
The Despatches of Sir John French. I. Mons. II. The Marne. III. The Aisne. IV. Flanders. 1st Ed., [ix]+160pp., fldg. map. Chapman & Hall. 1914  #58203
[HLMainPic] Texts of the 1914 Despatches, with roll of those Mentioned in Despatches, by regiments. Orig. red cloth, gilt, sp. sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
India's Services in the War. Volume I: General [bound with:] Volume II: Indian States. Facsimile reprint of 1922 1st Ed., vi+190+ixpp. & [v]+256+vipp., 136 photos. VG in somewhat worn dw. Delhi: BR Pubg. Corp. 1985  #59523
[HLMainPic] Reprint of contemp. histories with much on the employment of the IA overseas, various statistics, the services of numerous Indian princes & chiefs, the contribution of various states to the war effort (supply of men, materiel, &c.). Much of interest. See illustration on our website.   £35
Letters of an English Boy, Being the Letters of Richard Byrd Levett, King's Royal Rifle Corps, who Died for England, at the Age of Nineteen, in the Great War. March 10, 1917. [Compiled by his Mother, Mrs. Maud Sophia Levett.] xii+194pp., 9 plates (including portraits and facsimile bookplate). Eton College: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. 1917  #59557
[HLMainPic] Contains letters from St. Peter's Court Prep. School, Eton 1911-15, Sandhurst 1915-16, 6th (S) Bn. KRRC at Sheerness then 1st Bn. in France from Dec. 1916. He was appointed to command No. 8 Pl. in "B" Coy. Interesting observant letters recording his duties & surroundings inc. Anti-Gas School. He briefly commanded 2nd Divisional Coy., consisting of shoemakers, carpenters etc. but rejoined his platoon in time to take part in attack at Irles, 10/3/17: killed near Grevillers Trench by the British barrage, which the attack was following closely. Letters of condolence from brother officers, chaplain, servant &c. Orig. olive cloth, gilt title to spine & front, corners dec. with enamelled bands in the colours of Eton College and the KRRC, VG & rare with attractive short memorial pamphlet loosely inserted. See illustration on our website.   £165
Roland Philipps, Boy Scout. 2nd Ed., revised & enlarged, 75pp., 220x140mm, portrait frontis., 13 other photos. inc. further portraits, his grave with the original wooden cross and later headstone. Roland House, Stepney. 1933  #59570
[HLMainPic] The Hon. Roland Erasmus Philipps, son of the 1st Viscount St. Davids (and brother of Colwyn Erasmus Philipps), was born in 1890, Ed. at Winchester & New College, Oxford. He took a very great interest in the Boy Scout movement, becoming Commissioner for East and North East London. He was gazetted to the 9th Bn. Royal Fusiliers in 1914, was wounded & awarded the MC in the spring of 1916 and KiA at Ovillers on 7th July 1916. He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension. An account of his life and interests with several extracts from letters from the front, also a 'brief historical sketch of development to 1933' of Roland House in Stepney, a Georgian property that Phillips bought in 1914 and bequeathed to the Scouts. Green cloth, gilt to spine and front. VG. See illustration on our website.   £85
With the First Canadian Contingent. Published on Behalf of the Candian Field Comforts Commission. 1st Ed., 119pp., illus. throughout. Toronto & London: H&S. 1915  #51804
[HLMainPic] Includes a number of "Letters from the Front" & front line photos. Orig. green cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
Cross & Cockade (Great Britain). The Society of World War I Aero Historians Journal. Vol. I, No. 1, Spring 1970-Vol. 35, No. 4, Winter 2004: a run of 140 issues from the first number onwards, approx. 7000pp. in all, A4 format with num. col. & b/w photos. & other illustraions. The Society. Contemp.  #55986
[HLMainPic] A very fine thirty-four year run from 1970-2004, 17 volumes uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to sps., retaining orig. card wraps. These are excellent, high quality magazines containing an immense range of original material, much of it contributed by, or garnered from, the diaries & recollections of both British & German veteran flyers in their later years & consequently containing much unrepeatable & in-depth source material & research based on interviews, letters & diaries, plus many excellent photos. & other illustrations. Rare & nicely presented set. See illustration on our website.   £850
Chapters From A Soldier's Life. Printed for Private Circulation by The Father & Mother of the Late Major Frederick Charles Gunning Campbell, M.C., Born 11th August, 1887, Killed by Enemy Action, 24th September 1940. 1st Ed., xi+180pp., portrait frontis. Printed for Private Circulation. 1941  #59423
[HLMainPic] Major Campbell was born in India, Ed. at Glenalmond & Sandhurst, passing out in 1907 destined for the Indian Army. He joined the 2nd Seaforths for his ULIA year then posted to the 40th Pathans & served in the NWF operations in 1908. In 1914 he was on leave in the UK, joined the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers in France in September, was then posted in succession to the 129th Baluchis & 59th Rifles until the arrival in theatre of his own regt., the 40th Pathans, in March 1915. He rejoined them as Adjutant & served with them in France then East Africa until invalided home in July 1916. Afterwards he served with the Southern Waziristan & other Frontier Militia units, & his with own regiment (now 5th/14th Punjab Regt.) in India, was appointed Commandant of the Kurram Militia in 1923 & retired in 1930 only to be killed by German bombs at home in London during the blitz. The memoir contains a detailed account of his services together with a few pre-war letters then mostly his letters from France & East Africa during WW1, which contain interesting detail on these campaigns, & finally a few post-war letters, extracts from letters of condolence &c. Orig. black cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG & scarce, with presentation inscrip. to ffep: "Colonel Clements-Smith in memory of Charlie with kindest regards from E.M.C. and F.C. [i.e. Ellie & F. Campbell] 9.3.1942." See illustration on our website.   £145

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