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Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945 Prison Camps, Escape & Evasion 1939-1945   17 Books
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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
BLACKALL (Capt. C.W.) Songs From the Trenches. 1st Ed., orig. dec. wraps., 59pp., 190x132mm, col. frontis. (by Helen McKie). John Lane, The Bodley Head. 1915  #59210
[HLMainPic] Rhymes inspired by active service 1914-15, including a verse in memory of W.G.C. (William) Gladstone, MP, who was KiA with the RWF on 11th March 1915. The poet, Charles Walter Blackall, East Kent Regiment (SR), was Killed in Action on 24th March 1918 while a lieutenant-colonel in command of the 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. During the period when he wrote these poems he was serving with the 1st Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers: he was Gladstone's company commander. Paperback version: orig. plain card wraps. with attractive coloured dustwrapper designed by Helen McKiew (the frontis. of the hardback version). VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
CAMPBELL (Capt. Ivar, A&SH attd. Seaforth Highlanders) Poems by Ivar Campbell. With a memoir buy Guy Ridley. 1st Ed., 99pp., portrait frontis. London: A.L. Humphreys. 1917  #59196
[HLMainPic] Pre-war poems and sonnets. Ivar Campbell, son of Lord & Lady George Campbell, was Ed. at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford. He received a commission in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and was attached to the 1st Seaforth in France from May 1915-November 1915 when this battalion was posted to the Mesopotamian front. He Died of Wounds received during the Battle of Sheikh Saad on 8th January 1916 and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial. Orig. brown cloth, gilt, minor wear, VG [Not in Reilly.] See illustration on our website.   £65
CANDOLE (Alec de) Poems. 1st Ed., viii+86pp., portrait frontis. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59209
[HLMainPic] Including verses written whilst on active service, a portrait & a short biographical note. Alec Corry Vully de Candole was Ed. at Marlborough, left in 1916, commissioned in Wiltshire Regiment, wounded with 4th Bn. in Oct. 1917 then attd. 49th Bn. MGC & KiA 3/9/18. Blue cloth, gilt to spine VG [Reilly p.108]. Scarce. See illustration on our website.   £75
CANDOLE (Alec de) The Faith of a Subaltern: Essays on Religion and Life. With a Preface by the Dean of Bristol. Orig. printed wraps., xi+92pp., 190x125mm. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59208
[HLMainPic] Pious essays with a short biographical note. Orig. printed wraps., VG & a rare version "printed for private circulation only" but excludes the portrait frontis. included in the cloth-bound published edition. Pencil ownership inscrip. of "W. Ashley. Koln. 1919." See illustration on our website.   £75
CANDOLE (Alec de) The Faith of a Subaltern: Essays on Religion and Life. With a Preface by the Dean of Bristol. 2nd Imp., xi+92pp., 192x129mm, portrait frontis. Cambridge University Press. 1919  #59207
[HLMainPic] Pious essays with a short biographical note. Orig. blue cloth, gilt to spine, little rubbed/worn, VG. See illustration on our website.   £35
CANDOLE (Alec de) A Rubaiyat of the Trenches. By de C. [i.e. Alec de Candole]. 1st Ed., 63pp. 195x117mm. VG in chipped dw. Fawcett & Co. 1917  #59206
[HLMainPic] A long narrative poem. Alec Corry Vully de Candole was Ed. at Marlborough, left in 1916 to be commissioned in the Wiltshire Regiment, wounded with the 4th Bn. in Oct. 1917 then attd. 49th Bn. MGC, and was Killed in Action in France on 3rd September 1918. He was twenty-one and is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. Blue paper covd. boards with white cloth backstrip & paper label to front, VG in dw & rare thus, although little chipped & rear panel torn with loss. [Not in Reilly]. See illustration on our website.   £145
CRAVEN (Arthur Scott) [Pseud. of JAMES (Arthur Keedwell Harvey)] Alarums and Excursions. 1st Ed., 98pp. Elkin Matthews. 1910  #59183
[HLMainPic] Arthur Scott Craven was the stage name and nom de plume of actor and author A.K.H. James. He published a number of novels and poems before 1914, including 'Alarums and Excursions' - which included notable poems such as 'The Cross in the Rock.' It is not known that he wrote any war poetry, although in 1918 a posthumous work with a wartime theme was published, 'The Phoenix' (Bickers & Son, 1918), being a 58 page 'letter,' dated May 1916, to Thomas Leslie Graham, to whom the work is dedicated. (Lt. T.L. Graham, MC, Seaforth Highlanders, died 23rd May 1919). Craven/James published several novels including 'The Last of the English' (Elkin Matthews) and 'A Fool's Tragedy' (Martin Secker). He enlisted in the Artists' Rifles in 1914, gained a commision in the 9th (Service) Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and was killed in action on 15th April 1917. He was forty-one years old, had been Mentioned in Despatches, and is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £75
DAY (Jeffery, Flight-Commander, RNAS) Poems & Rhymes. 2nd Ed., 66pp., portrait frontis. VG in dw. Sidgwick & Jackson. 1925  #59190
[HLMainPic] Miles Jeffery Game Day was born in 1896, Ed. at Repton; received a commission in the RNAS & was shot down & KiA 27/2/1918. He had previously won the DSC over the Western Front. Contains a short memoir and a selection of war poems. 2nd Ed., orig. pale blue cloth with paper sp. label, rare in dw. & inscribed "From the Poet's Mother." See illustration on our website.   £75
DENNYS (Richard [Molesworth]) There Is No Death. Poems by Richard Dennys. With a Foreword by Desmond Coke. 1st Ed., 110pp., 195x138mm, portrait frontis. John Lane, Bodley Head. 1917  #58929
[HLMainPic] War and other poetry, with a biographical note by Captain Desmond Coke (a pre-war friend who was coincidentally adjutant of his battalion). Captain Richard Molesworth Dennys was Ed. at Winchester and Bart's, qualifying as a surgeon, but did not practise medicine, working instead with Gordon Craig on a theatre project in Florence. He was commissioned in 1914, 10th (Service) Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, became a company commander during service in France; wounded at Contalmaison, Somme, 12th July 1916 and Died of Wounds at the British General Hospital at Rouen on the 24th inst. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, and was thirty-two years old. 1st Ed. was published in 1917 & 2nd Imp. 1918: neither is easily found. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG, nice copy. [Reilly p.110]. See illustration on our website.   £220

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