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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   777 Books
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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
The Battle of the Bight: Being the Official Narrative of the Naval Engagement between the British & German Fleets in the Heligoland Bight on Friday, August 28th, 1914, with Drawings by Frank Mason & Arthur Briscoe, & Rudyard Kipling's Poem 'The Destroyers.' 2nd Imp., orig. dec. wraps., oblong 4to, [ii]+20pp., several sketches. Printed & published by 'The Yachting Monthly' (Battle Souvenirs, No. 1). 1915  #53462
[HLMainPic] The official Despatches of Beatty, Tyrwhitt ('Arethusa') & Keyes (Submarine Flotilla), including recommendations for awards &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £25
Two Years After, or Twelve Months of Armageddon: Some Reminiscences of A Temporary Regimental Sawbones 1915-1916. 1st Ed., [v]+105pp. Printed for Private Circulation Only. 1918  #61043
[HLMainPic] Interesting & exceptionally rare privately printed memoirs of "N.D.M." [i.e. N.D. Mackay], serving at a General Hospital in France then attached as MO to the London Scottish (1st Bn. 14th London Regt.) in Oct. 1915. Immediate recollections of service & episodes in France 1915-16 in two main sections: "A Winter in the Loos Salient" & "The Lighter Side of War," the latter in three parts, "At Home & at the Base, B.E.F.," "In & Out of the Trenches" & "In & Out of the Trenches (concluded)." Orig. brown cloth, gilt to front & sp., VG, inscribed: "With the Author's Compliments and Best Wishes - In memory of many pleasant evenings spent in The manse, Aberfeldy - Sept. 1918." See illustration on our website.   £245
The ANZAC Book: Written & Illustrated in Gallipoli by men of ANZAC. 1st Ed., xv+169pp., 4to, 11 col. & 2 b/w plates., illus. throughout. Cassell. 1916  #61048
[HLMainPic] Collection of stories, rhymes, recollections of Gallipoli &c., sold for the benefit of patriotic funds connected with ANZAC. Attractive work, little rubbed but entirely sound orig. blue cloth with col. onlay on front board depicting an ANZAC in martial pose. Nice ink presentation inscrip. "Norman Campell Maughan from W.R. Matthews A.I.F. Baiuleul [sic] 1918." The only person with the name of the recipient that I can locate was born 1908 & died 1987; the giver was William Robert Matthews, a farm labourer from South Australia who enlisted in 1916, served with the 50th Bn. AIF & was wounded by gunshot on 20/10/17 & again on 16/6/18. A copy of his service record is included.   £50
Australia at The Dardanelles 25th April 1915. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 32pp., 4 photos., double-page artist's 'birdseye' view of Gallipoli, 2 maps. Sydney: W.A. Gullick, Govt. Printer. 1915  #61049
[HLMainPic] The first cabled reports of the Gallipoli landings sent by Ashmead Bartlett & C.E.W. Bean, published for use in schools in New South Wales. Attractive orig. wraps., minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
Henry Dundas, Scots Guards: A Memoir. 1st Ed., xv+253pp., portrait frontis. Blackwood. 1921  #55677
[HLMainPic] Memoir containing most interesting letters from the front 1916-18 (describing aspects of trench warfare such as raids & patrols & presenting an authentic veteran's view of the Western Front inc. Somme & Passchendaele). Ed. at Eton & joined Scots Guards Sept. 1915: 1st Bn. in France from June 1916, serving with them up until his death apart from some time attd. to brigade staff. MC & bar; KiA 27/9/18. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Letters of Major Henry Bentinck, Coldstream Guards. 1st Ed., vi+138pp., portrait frontis., 3 plates. Robert Scott. 1919  #58554
[HLMainPic] Henry Duncan Bentinck was ed. at Harrow & Trinity College, Cambridge. Commissioned Coldstream Guards in 1903, served in Egypt/Sudan 1903-1911 & 1913-1915 (with XII Sudanese). He joined the 2nd Coldstream in France in April 1915 & Died of Wounds on 2/10/1916, of wounds received on the Somme. Contains a memoir & his letters including those from France April 1915-Sept. 1916. Of interest for life in trenches, Guards characters, &c. Orig. red cloth, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £95
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
The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918. 1st Ed., [x]+250pp., 24 plates, 3 fldg. maps in end-pocket + 6 in text. Glasgow: Printed for Private Circulation. 1921  #60526
[HLMainPic] Gallipoli 1915 & Palestine campaigns, inc. battle of Gaza &c. then France in 1918, 52nd (Lowland) Div. Roll of Hon., awards, officers & NCOs. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
The B.E.F. Times: A Facsimile Reprint of the Trench Magazine. 1st Ed. thus, liv+ approx. [100]pp. VG in dw. Herbert Jenkins. 1918  #59522
[HLMainPic] First reproductions of The BEF Times (successor to The Wipers Times &c.) in volume form. VG, orig. printed paper covd. boards in worn & neatly repaired but attractive & very scarce dw with appealing Western Front scene featuring the offices of the BEF Times under shellfire. See illustrations on our website.   £125

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