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MOLESWORTH (Lt.-Gen. G.N., CSI, OBE) Ed. A Soldier's War: Being the Diary of the late Arthur Henry Cook, DCM, MM, BEM, written during four years service with the 1st Battalion, The Somerset Light Infantry, on the Western Front, France, during the Great War, 1914-18. 1st Ed., [viii]+90pp., portrait frontis., 16 sketch maps. Privately printed by E. Goodman & Son, Ltd., Taunton. 1957  #59283
[HLMainPic] Outstanding & rare privately printed memoir of an Old Contemptible who served on the Western Front from August 1914-November 1918, in the same battalion., 1st SLI, from Lance Corporal to Company Sergeant Major, with very useful notes & comments by Molesworth, who says of Cook in his introduction: "His parents were humble people in a small Wiltshire village, & unemplyment drove him into the Army. He received most of his education at the Depot of the SLI at Taunton. He was a good learner & took his 2nd Class Certificate of Army Education during the six months he was there. Thus he was perfectly capable of writing an intelligible diary. When was broke out he was two months short of 26 years of age." He talks of the hardships which all ranks endured, food & recreation, learning a new warfare by experience, &c., including the Battles of Le Cateau, Marne & Aisne 1914, Plugstreet Wood & The Birdcage, 2nd Ypres 1915, the Somme 1916 (including attack on Redan Ridge on 1st July), Arras & Ypres 1917, the German Offensives & Final Advance in 1918. Orig. yellow cloth, titled in green to front, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £175

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