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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   797 Books
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A Subaltern's Share in the War: Home Letters of the late George Weston Devenish, Lieut. R.A., Attached R.F.C. Intro. & Notes by Mrs. Horace Porter. 1st Ed., xviii+178pp., portrait frontis., 4 plates. Constable. 1917  #60338
[HLMainPic] Regular officer RFA (commissioned 1913 after Charterhouse & Woolwich), letters & diary from France Aug.-30 Oct. 1914. He joined 6th Bty., 40th Bde. RFA on the Aisne & was wounded near his OP at Fauquissart, on the Indian Corps front, 28.10.14; in France again June 1915-Apr. 1916 (around 'Plugstreet' &c.) when trans. to RFC as Artillery Observer for four months in France, then pilot training & KiA flying as a pilot in 35 Squadron: shot down in flames, on 6th June 1917, and is commemorated on the Arras (Flying Services) Memorial.. Contains lengthy extracts from entertaining & informative letters describing his active service experiences in Flanders & later over the Western Front. Orig. paper covd. boards, sp. split o/w overall VG. See illustration on our website.   £165
The Poems of Robert W. Sterling. Born 19th November, 1893. Glasgow Academy & Sedbergh. Scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford. Lieutenant, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in Action, S. George's Day, 1915. 1st Ed., xvi+68pp., portrait frontis., facsimile of his bookplate. Oxford Univ. Press. 1916  #59199
Memoir & poems, several written whilst on active service in 1915. He was Killed in Action with the 1st Bn. of his regiment on 23/4/15 & is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
British Red Cross & Order of St. John Enquiry List No. 14 1917. Wounded & Missing. Containing all Enquiries up to & Including July 20th, 1917. Hardback reprint, approx. 500pp. in all. Westlake. 1989  #64753
[HLMainPic] Regimental listings of missing soldiers, with date, bn., coy. & often platoon of the soldier about whom enquiries were being made by the Red Cross on behalf of family. VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
The Last Lap. By "G," with Preface by E.B.O. 1st Ed., 141pp. VG in chipped dw. Melrose. 1917  #64745
[HLMainPic] Reproduction from the Morning Post of the observations on the Western Front of one who "has served as a war correspondent in many parts of the world & seen the evolution of modern methods with his own eyes." This work is an exhortation to further effort to complete the job, with Victory in sight. Includes chapters on Our Infantry: the then recent Battle of Messines: German Man-Power; The German Moral &c. Interesting & scarce. I believe 'E.B.O.' to be E.B. Osborn, journalist & another writer on military matters, while the identity of 'G' remains elusive to me. Orig. blue cloth, titled in paler blue, VG in chipped dw. Scarce thus. See illustration on our website.   £75
Diary of an Officer of "U.C. 26." May 1917. 1st Ed., orig. blue printed paper wraps., 4pp., foolscap. Admiralty War Staff, Intelligence Division. May 1917  #61756
[HLMainPic] I.D. 1156. For Official Use Only. Translation of the diary of Leutnant D. Reserve (or Sub.-Lt. of the Reserve) Heinrich Petersen, second-in-command of submarine U.C. 26, 30 April 1917 [leaving Bruges] until 7th May 1917, detailing operations in the English Channel during these few days. They found a gap in the RN barrage on 1st May & steered for Havre. The submarine laid mines & sank a Norwegian steamer by torpedo, but U.C. 26 was herself sunk on 9th May. Detailed diary of a week at sea. VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £95
Fundraising for the Dardanelles: Mrs Cara Leland Broughton. (i) Printed 'form' letter from Jean Hamilton (with recipient's name: Mrs Broughton, in pencil) acknowledging gift to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force; (ii) Receipt issued to Mrs Broughton by the Lady Hamilton Dardanelles Fund for gift of £15, signed in ink by [Lady] Jean Hamilton; (iii) Handbill issued by Mrs Moncrieffe's Fund, "Urgently required for the Dardanelles: The 'Gallipoli' or Improved Bell Stretcher Tent... These stretcher tents meet a want that has been created by the peculiar position on the Gallipoli peninsula where the wounded have not at their disposal field ambulances... but are obliged to lie on the ground without shelter, & tormented by flies..."; (iv) Another similar regarding the increased costs of improved Stretcher Tents (dated 10th Sept. 1915); (v) & (vi) printed letter & official receipt (signed by Marie Michell, Hon. Sec.) re Cara Broughton's gift of £30 to towards Stretcher Tents; (vii) Orig. 3pp. ms. letter (with OAS envelope, Passed by Censor &c.) from 245 L/Cpl. A. Forbes ASC, 2nd Mtd. Div. in Gallipoli to Mrs Broughton, thanking her for gifts of cigarettes.  #61081
[HLMainPic] During the Great War, especially during the early years, citizens, rich & poor, were exhorted to subscribe to a cornucopia of relief funds, ranging from those for Belgian Refugees to small comforts for the men in the trenches. Many of the organisers were 'society' ladies, & the campaign at Gallipoli was not without its sponsors, including Lady Hamilton, wife of Gen. Sir Ian Hamilton, with her Lady Hamilton Dardanelles Fund, and Mrs Moncrieffe (Gen. Hamilton's sister-in-law) with her "Mrs Moncrieffe's Fund" whose St. Marylebone War Hospitals' Supply Depot had a "Dardanelles Account." The small collection of documents here offered are a rare survival of these funds for men at the Dardanelles. The letter from the soldier (L/Cpl. Forbes) shows that Mrs Broughton also sent comforts to individual soldiers: "I am just writing a few lines in my dug-out, to thank you very much for the cigarettes which you are sending me every two weeks. I don't think there is a better tonic, as the chaps say, for our nerves when the shells & shrapnel come whistling over our heads..." (he goes on to describe some close shaves &c.). Note: Cara Leland Broughton, or Mrs Urban Hanlon Broughton, was an American heiress who married a relatively impecunious English engineer, Urban Broughton, when he was working for her father, the tycoon Henry Huttleston Rogers (of Standard Oil &c.) in 1895. Broughton became rich & successful in his own right, but the couple became enormously wealthy on the death of his wife's father in 1909. They lived in Park Street, Mayfair, & at a country house at Englefield Green. Two sons were ed. at Harrow & Urban was MP for Preston, 1915-18. Mrs Broughton made many generous gifts to various war charities. All items VG. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Letters from Mesopotamia in 1915 & January 1916 from Robert Palmer, who was Killed in the Battle of Um El Hannah, June 21, 1916, Aged 27 Years. 134pp., several sketches. Printed for Private Circulation. nd 1916  #60367
[HLMainPic] Robert Stafford Palmer was the son of the 2nd Earl of Selborne, K.G., G.C.M.G., P.C., and the Countess of Selborne, of Blackmoor, Liss, Hants. He was Ed. at Winchester and University College, Oxford (President of the Union), travelled in India and worked in the East End boys clubs. Commissioned in the 6th (Territorial) Battalion Hampshire Regiment, he accompanied the battalion to India in 1914 and was attached to the 1st/4th Battalion in Mespotamia in August 1915. He was severely wounded in a charge at the Battle of Umm-Al-Hannah on 21st January 1917, picked up by the Turks & tended in their hospital but died the same day. He was twenty-seven and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. This memorial contains detailed letters throughout the time he was at the front, several with sketches of trenches at Amarah. Letters of condolence & notes concerning the battle in which he died also included. Orig. blue cloth with paper sp. label, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £225
A Wreath of Memories. 1st Ed., v+107pp., portrait frontis., 7 plates. Humphreys. 1917  #60366
[HLMainPic] Hon. George Joachim Goschen was born in 1893, son of George Joachim, 2nd Viscount Goschen, & Evelyn, his wife, of Seacox Heath, Hawkhurst, Kent. Ed. at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. In September 1914 he was commissioned in the 1/5th Bn. East Kent Regiment (Territorial Force) & sailed with the regiment for India soon after. At the end of 1915 it was transferred to the Mesopotamia, proceeding up the Tigris, and on 7th Jan. 1916 Lieutenant Goschen was wounded during the Battle of Sheikh Saad, Died of Wounds on the 19th inst. & buried in Amara War Cemetery. He was twenty-two and was posthumously Mentioned in Despatches. Includes biographical notes, wartime letters from India and the journey from Bombay to Mesopotamia, a few from the Tigris front followed by letters of condolence from officers and men of his regiment &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG with family inscription. See illustration on our website.   £225
The Tenedos Times: A Monthly Journal of the Mediterranean Destroyer Flotilla during the early part of the War. Originally Printed on Board H.M.S. Blenheim. 1st Ed. in volume form, 144pp., 4to, 17 tipped-in col. illus., also b/w plates & sketches. A&U. 1917  #60695
[HLMainPic] Vol. I-VII of the humorous journal originally printed on board HMS "Blenheim." Many amusing poetical & prose pieces, plus fine sketches & cartoons relating to early events of the war at sea, including in some appealing tipped-in colour artwork & many amusing sketches. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £35
Essays, Poems, Letters by Bernard Pitt, M.A. (Assistant Master Cooper's Company's School), Lieut., Border Regiment, Attached Trench Mortar Battery, Killed in Action, April 30th, 1916. 1st Ed., ix+202pp., 217x144mm, portrait frontis. Francis Edwards. 1917  #60360
[HLMainPic] Bernard Pitt was born in 1881 and was an assistant master at the Cooper's Company's School. He was Killed in Action by the explosion of a German mine between Souchez and Givenchy at 7 p.m. on 30th April 1916. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was thirty-four. Includes 50pp. interesting and atmospheric letters from France & Flanders between December 1915 and April 1916, serving with 47th Trench Mortar Battery, notable for rare account of trench mortar work in the front line (Pitt describes the phenomenon, known well to infantrymen, of mortar men turning up in their trench, loosing off a few rounds then clearing out before the inevitable retaliation). The letters are followed by poems (including one war poem) and various prose pieces on the nature of poetry, comedy, and so forth. Superb superior copy, bound in full green morocco, gilt to sp. with raised bans, sp. just a little tanned o/w VG throughout. See illustration on our website.   £225

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