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Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918 Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918   39 Books
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The War Dragon: The Regimental Gazette of "The Buffs" (East Kent Regiment), No. 7, December 1916. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 16pp., 4to, 4 photos. G. Street & Co., Ltd, for The Buffs. Contemp.  #62481
[HLMainPic] Rare wartime journal of the Buffs including Rolls. of Hon. & awards, several obits of fallen officers & men, &c. This edition contains a lengthy account of PoW life 1915-16 by Lt. S. Vaughan of the 8th Bn., who was captured at Loos (includes account of this action & his capture, also 3 photos. of himself & other PoWs), also a named group photo. of the officers & NCOs of the 2nd Bn. & an account of the same battalion's services in France from Jan-April 1915. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £45
2nd Lieut. Charles Douglas Lucas Hill, 9th (S) Bn. Royal Sussex Regt., formerly 28th London Regt. (Artists' Rifles): Killed in Action 14th February 1916. Hard covered "Partridge & Cooper's" pocket diary during service in France with the 9th Sussex from 31/10/15 to 31/12/1915, 157x100mm, with short but interesting daily entries (see extracts below). 2/Lt. Hill was Killed in Action 14/2/1916 when he & his entire platoon were buried alive by the explosion of a German mine. He is buried in Menin Road South Cemetery, near Ypres.  #58346
[HLMainPic] Hill landed in France on 31/10/15 & joined 9th Sussex the following day (the battalion had arrived in France just two months before, on 1/9/15). He was posted to command No. 15 Platoon, "D" Coy. (Lt. Robertson) & spent the winter in the trenches of the Ypres Salient apart from a one week bombing course (14-20/11/15) & machine gun course (20-25/12/15). Experiences in & out of the line typical of the period. Some extracts: 1/11/15: "Left Hazebrouck for Poperinghe but break journey at Godeswaersvelde & from there proceeded by motor bus to Reninghelst to find Regt. up in trenches. Report to Adjutant but sent back to spend the night at Dickebusche"; 6/11/15: "Start away at 2.45 pm for the trenches. Arrive at trenches about 7.30 pm. We relieve the R. West Kents"; 7/11/15: "Spend quiet day in trenches. Not much doing. Trenches in very bad state & need a great deal of attention. Slept with Shaw in his dugout, but very uncomfortable"; 11/11/15: "Try & improve my portion of trench. Get some of superfluous water away. Bosche sends a few whizz bangs over. A very wet night, & turn in wet. Dugout starts to leak"; 16/12/15: "Orderly dog. Inspect & mount guards at nine, billets & turn out guard at 12. Complaints round at 12.45. Staff parade 9. Turned out guard at 10.30. Lecture on trench tactics given by Major"; 17/12/15: "Parade at 9.00. Give lecture on trench orders. Practice gas helmet drill. Bomb competition in afternoon. 13 & 14 [platoons] win first round. Raining"; 18/12/15: "Parade at 9.30. Finish bomb throwing competition. 13 defeat 14 very close finish. Soccer match between B & D, B win by 3-0. Knight & Matthews come over & stop for tea." Useful but brief diary, mentioning a dozen or so other officers of the battalion, together with photocopies of Hill's personal file & WD extracts. See illustrations on our website.   £275
Aus dem Kriegsgefangenen-Lager Mannheim. 1st Ed., oblong 4to, orig. dec. wraps. with oval photo. onlay to front, [50]pp., each page a photo. (captioned in German, French, English & Russian). Mannheim: Dr. H. Haas'sche Buchdruckerei. nd (c.1917).  #57898
[HLMainPic] Camp souvenir containing 50 photographic views of camp life: general views of the camp, roll call, airing beds, canteens, arrival of parcels, newspaper office, library, theatre, gardens, shoemakers' & tailors' workshops, laundry, infirmary &c. Little stained & worn, VG, scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £75
The Lonsdale Battalion, Border Regiment. Sept. 1914 to June 1915. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 8pp. letterpress followed by 44 photos. Carlisle: Chas. Thurnham & Sons. 1915  #60163
[HLMainPic] Illustrated souvenir of the 11th (S) Bn. Border Regt., with an account of the raising of the bn. & roll of officers followed by photos. of officers, recruit squads, physical drill, bayonet training, cooks & dining hall, route march though Carlisle, &c. Interesting photos. of a Kitchener Bn. during training, with intersting & unusual photos. Minor wear, VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £90
Heroes of the War. Daily Mail War Album. Set No. 3. 1st Ed., brown envelope with printed title to front with oval cur-out to display the top portrait within. Complete with all 5 fine photogravure portraits on laid paper. The Daily Mail. nd (c.1915)  #60847
[HLMainPic] In a series of excellent quality photogravure portraits of distinguished individuals. This set contains portraits of Gen. Gallieni (the Military Governor of Paris); Gen. Pau; Cdr. F.F. Rose RN "of HMS Laurel, who continued to fight his ship on the battle of Heligoland until he lost consciousness..."; Col. G.K. Ansell of the 5th Dragoon Guards, "first man of his Regiment killed in a gallant cavalry charge..."; Col. Gordon VC, "commanding Gordon Highlanders, who was killed near Mons..." Appears to be an unusual survival. See illustration on our website.   £30
Photographs & Sketches of The Post Office Rifles in France & Calendar for 1916. Wall-hanging calendar, 320x255mm approx., consisting of 16 leaves: (1) Cover with decorative title, badge, coloured borders; (2) Photo. portraits of Colonel-in-Chief, CO, Adjt., QM & RSM; (3) 1st Bn. on Parade at Abbots Langley Before Leaving for France, March 1915; (4-15) Monthly calendars with many appealing & mostly humorous sketches by Sgt. F.H. Turner; (16) Caricatures of CO & Lt. Peel. Art paper throughout, 7 photos. & 20 sketches in all, with red/green ribbon tie at top for hanging The Regt. Contemp.  #61033
[HLMainPic] Appealing contemp. 8th London Regt. regimental souvenir & doubtless a rare survival. Little dusty & chipped, generally VG. See illustrations on our website.   £125
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. July [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 27pp., 4 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, July 1919].  #53289
[HLMainPic] The first of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £35
1919 Souvenir of the [38th] Welsh Division. Ed. by Capt. N. Hodgson. 1st Ed., orig. printed wraps., 71pp., 4to, illus. throughout in col. & b/w (sketches & cartoons). Cardiff: Western Mail. 1919  #56952
[HLMainPic] Contributions by numerous members, mainly humorous, edited by Capt. N. Hodgson (of the Divisional Train). Orig. dec. wraps., chipped at edges, sound. See illustration on our website.   £30
Bullecourt, May 1917. The Australians at Bullecourt. Scot & Australian Join Hands. Illuminated wall piece, 440x286mm. William Brooks & Co., Printers, Sydney. Contemp.  #64065
[HLMainPic] A finely produced tribute consisting of decorative headpiece with text account below (by Keith Murdoch, Special Representative of the 'Sun' i.e. Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch, father of Rupert Murdoch & a war correspondent for the 'Sydney Sun' during the First World War). Fine condition & rare surviving example. See illustration on our website.   £75
The W.R.A.F. on the Rhine. No.3. September [1919]. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 24pp., 5 photos. No imprint/date [Cologne, Sept. 1919].  #53293
[HLMainPic] The last of just three numbers published (in July, August & Sept. 1919), of a journal for the WRAF at Cologne with the Army of Occupation in 1919, consisting of contributions by women at RAF HQ, inc. descriptions of their work & conditions, entertainments &c. Little chipped & worn, overall VG & rare survival. See illustration on our website.   £35

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