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Regimental History Regimental and divisional histories including the Great War 1914-1918   317 Books
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KRRC Chronicle 1918. xv+339pp., 7 illus., 8 fldg. maps. Winchester: Warren & Sons. 1919  #54889
[HLMainPic] Detailed war records of all bns. on service inc. March Retreat, Final Advance &c., excellent maps inc. coloured trench maps. Rolls of officers killed & wounded, obituaries, roll of awards. Orig. limp wraps. (paperback edition), blocked red & silver, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
The Iron Duke: The Regimental Magazine of The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding). Vol. XI, Nos. 30, 31, 32. [Feb., June & October 1935]. 1st Ed., [iv]+236pp., approx. 50 photos. For the Regt. Contemp.  #55384
[HLMainPic] The three Journals for 1935 bound together, contemp. blue qtr. calf, gilt, with blue cloth covd. boards. Containing customery regimental records (including 2nd Bn. on the NWF: Loe Agra ops. &c.), portraits, OCA news, historical articles &c. VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
War Diary of the 1st Life Guards. First Year, 1914-1915. 1st Ed., 80pp., 4to, frontis. (with 5 oval portraits of COs). No imprint, The Regt. nd  #49051
[HLMainPic] Based on the diaries of Lt.-Col. E.B. Cook, Surgeon-Major Cowie & the official regimental War Diary. Rolls of officers, Rolls of Honour &c. Fine copy of superior quarto edition, orig. deluxe three-qtr. morocco, gilt, dec. faux silk endpapers. See illustration on our website.   £90
History of the 1st & 2nd Bns. North Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales') 1914-1923. 1st Ed., [vii]+120pp., 4to, 4 plates, 8 maps & plans. Longton, Staffs: Hughes & Harber. nd 1933  #56869
[HLMainPic] Almost entirely 1st Bn., Western Front from Sept. 1914, 17 Bde., 6th Div., with a short account of the 2nd Bn. on the NWF & in Afghanistan 1919. Casualty statistics, awards roll. Orig. blue qtr. morocco (deluxe edition), gilt, VG & very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £120
Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War, 1914-19. Supply of Engineer Stores & Equipment. 1st Ed., 109pp., fldg. map, tables. Chatham: RE Institute. nd  #49805
[HLMainPic] Much detail on organisation & supply in both England & France such as formation of base depots, development of wireless, searchlights, signal stores of various kinds, Work at GHQ & HQs of Formations, &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £125
Work of the Royal Engineers in the European War, 1914-19. Supply of Engineer Stores & Equipment. 1st Ed., 109pp., fldg. map, tables. Chatham: RE Institute. nd  #55326
[HLMainPic] Much detail on organisation & supply in both England & France. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £125
The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Bn.) Record of War Service 1914-1918. 1st Ed., 136pp., 30 plates, map. Glasgow: Clark. 1920  #55278
[HLMainPic] A 'Pals' battalion; F&F 1915-18 (Somme 1/7/16 at Mouquet Farm where Sgt. Turnbull won a VC; Beaumont Hamel; Messines; Passchendaele &c.). Nominal roll, awards. Orig. grey & red cloth, gilt, VG & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £50
Betting Book of the 2nd Battalion (78th) Seaforth Highlanders (1822-1908) Privately Printed for the Officers' Mess. 1st Ed., [iii]+157pp. St. Catherine Press Ltd. 1909  #54948
[HLMainPic] Letterpress reproduction of the ms. Betting Book of the Officers' Mess of the 78th commenced at Kilkenny in October 1822, several times rebound & still in use in August 1907 (the last entries printed). Such records provide a fascinating social study of the life of the inmates of the Mess. The bets are often bizarre, frequently improbable, & generally for quantities of Port, Champagne, & so forth. The current location of the Mess is stated, & around 1000 bets are recorded, with date, nature of bet, whom between & for what prize, & the Loser. A few examples: At Gharial (India) on 18th May 1889: 2nd Lt. Hutt bets 2nd Lt. Wilson that the band will not play 'God Save the Queen' after 'Scotland for Ever' at Mess. 2nd Lt. Wilson bets that it will. The bet is for one bottle of champagne. 2nd Lt. Wilson loses. At Dover, 11th June 1897, Lt. Grant bets Lt. Camley that rain does not fall between the time that the Queen leaves Buckingham Palace & the time that she returns there, on the day of the Jubilee procession. This bet is for one bottle of port. Lt. Chamley loses. On 11th Jan. 1838 at Glasgow, Mr Hickey bets Mr Carvick three bottles of Port wine that he (Hickey) will leap over the breadth of the Mess table, the table to be placed in the Barrack square; 2 trials within three months. Carvick bets Hickey to the same effect 3 bottles of Port; 2 trials each. Mr Hickey loses. On the 27th April 1833 at Stirling castle a fine evening was evidently had: about a dozen bets are recorded, e.g., Mr McNeill bets Catain Armstrong that four bottles of wine have been drunk previous to the one just placed on the table. McNeill loses, Mr Menzies bets Captain Armstrong that his, Mer Menzies, nose is broader than Captain Armstrong's. Armstrong loses. Mr Menzies bets Mr McNeill that Capt. Vassall's mouth is the largest in the room. Meznies loses. Captain Armstrong bets Mr McNeill that Captain Vassall's nose has less breadth than any other Officer in the Depot. Armstrong loses. Most absorbing & often astounding reading. Orig. green cloth, gilt to front & sp., dampstaining to leading edges, o/w sound & rare.   £90
The Standing Orders of the 1st V.B. The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 1904. [ii]+55+vipp. Wakefield: W.H. Milnes, Printer & Publisher. 1904  #50737
[HLMainPic] Customary regimental regulations &c. Quite unusual Volunteer Bn. S/Os. See illustration on our website.   £12
K.O.Y.L.I. Regimental Standing Orders 1933. viii+204ipp. Aldershot: G&P. 1933  #50738
[HLMainPic] Customary regimental regulations &c. Orig. green cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £10

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