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Manual of Siege & Garrison Artillery Exercises. 1879. Corrected to June 24th, 1882. ix+683pp., several plates, num. sketches & drawings in text. HMSO. 1882  #65387
[HLMainPic] A substantial & well illustrated work of instruction containing sections on: Gunnery; Ammunition; Siege Artillery; Garrison Gun Drills; Material & Appliances; Elementary Instruction; Machines; Mounting & Dismounting Ordnance; Sleighs; Sheers & Derricks. Orig. red cloth, blindstamped & gilt, covers somewhat serviceworn, generally VG, sound & Complete. 1000 copies printed of this edition. See illustration on our website.   £95

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James Lusk, BA (Cantab).; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur; Captain & Adjutant 6th Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Letters & Memories. 1st Ed., [vii]+151pp., portrait frontis., col. plate (of Legion d'Honneur). Oxford: Printed for B.H. Blackwell. 1916  #66642
[HLMainPic] James Lusk was commissioned in the 6th Cameronians in 1908, mobilised & served in France March-Dec. 1915. Memoir followed by extensive & interesting letters from training and the Front: wounded by a trench mortar on Christmas Day 1915 whilst going round his trenches & DoW 28/12/15. He was awarded the Legion d'Honneur at Festubert in June when he was Bn. Transport Officer & the bn. having lost heavily in officers he made his way up the line & helped reorganise. He was appointed adjutant after this battle. Orig. grey paper covd. boards with purple cloth backstrip, VG. See illustrations on our website.   £145
Captain Harvey Blease, 15th Battalion the King's Liverpool Regiment, attached 1/7th Lancs. Fusiliers. Killed in Action in Gallipoli, August 7th, 1915. 1st Ed., 67pp., 200x143mm, portrait frontis. No imprint or date [c.1916]  #66584
[HLMainPic] Harvey Blease was the son of Walter and Mary Blease, of Sefton Drive, Liverpool; husband of Helen Dorothy Stanley Blease, of Rostherne, Blundellsands, Liverpool, and was educated at Sedbergh School. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 7th August 1915, aged thirty-two, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. Contains his diary from 25th May 1915, embarking for the East, then on the Gallipoli peninsula from the beginning of July, where he was posted to the 1st/7th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Includes descriptions of the line, the incessant firing of artillery and snipers and so forth. After two weeks he went to Imbros for a short rest then returned to Gallipoli. The diary continues to 3rd August with interesting daily entries. Orig. grey card wrappers, titled to front "Diary of Captain Harvey Blease." VG & rare. See illustrations on our website.   £220
The War Letters of Leonard & Walter Ewbank 1915-1917. 1st Ed., 80pp., 190x128mm. Printed by Butler & Tanner, For Private Circulation. nd [c.1920].  #66579
[HLMainPic] Sons of the Rev. John and Julia Helen Ewbank, of Cumberland. 2nd Lieutenant Leonard Ewbank was killed in action with 5th Battalion Border Regiment at Sanctuary Wood on 23rd February 1916, aged twenty-three. He is buried in Railway Dugouts (Transport Farm) Cemetery. Captain John Walter Ewbank was commissioned in the Border Regiment from Sandhurst in 1914, wounded at Neuve Chapelle with the 2nd Battalion, then served with the 1st Battalion at Gallipoli and later in France, where he won the Military Cross in 1916, a Bar to it in 1917 and the Croix de Guerre. He was killed in action at Cambrai on 30th November 1917 whilst serving on Brigade Staff, aged twenty-one, and is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial. Contains interesting letters from both brothers. Orig. pale blue cloth, blocked black to front board. VG & rare with loosely inserted slip "With kindest regards from R.B. Ewbank." See illustration on our website.   £175
Letters written in the Trenches near Ypres between May & September, 1915, by H.M. Butterworth, 9th Rifle Brigade, who fell in action on September 25th, 1915. 1st Ed., 219x142mm, 84pp., portrait frontis. Wellington, NZ: Whitcombe & Tombs. 1916  #66577
[HLMainPic] Hugh Montagu Butterworth was Ed. at Marlborough & University College, Oxford, but left prematurely when his family emigrated to New Zealand. Became a schoolmaster at Wanganui College & returned to England in 1915 where he obtained a commission in the 9th (S) Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was killed in action during a diversionary attack near Ypres, in support of the Loos offensive, on 25th September 1915, has no known grave & is commemorated on the Menin Gate. He was twenty-nine. Memorial containing obituaries and tributes plus lengthy letters from the front during four months in the Ypres Salient, the last written before going into his last action: "I am leaving this in the hands of the Transport Officer, and if I get knocked out he will send it on to you. We are going into a big thing. It will be my pleasant duty to leap lightly over the parapet and lead D company over the delectable confusion of old trenches, crump holes, barbed wire, that lies between us and the Bosche, and take a portion of his line. Quo facto I shall then proceed to bomb down various communication trenches and take his second line. In the very unlikely event of my being alive by then I shall dig like blazes and if God is good, stop the Bosche counter-attack..." Orig. apple green cloth, titled in black to front board, little rubbed at extremities o/w VG & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £220
Lest We Forget: A Book of Remembrance, Being a Short Summary of the Service & Sacrifice rendered to the Empire during the Great War by one of the many Patriotic Families of Wessex, The Popes of Wrackleford, Co. Dorset. With a Foreword by Thomas Hardy, OM. 1st Ed., 152pp., 16 portraits, plate (view of Wrackleford House). Privately Printed "For the Use of the Family" at the Chiswick Press. 1919  #66424
[HLMainPic] Portraits & war records of ten sons, four daughters & three sons-in-law of Alfred Pope, (together with a memoir of their energetic father & portraits of both parents). Three sons died: Lt.-Col. Edward Alexander Pope, DSO, who raised & commanded the 12th (S) Bn. Welsh Regt., 1914-17, but was commanding the 3rd (SR) Bn. at the time of his death in 1919 as a result of "disease contracted on active service." A veteran of the Boer War, he was wounded & won the DSO during his Western Front service; Capt. Charles Alfred Whiting Pope RAMC was drowned when the troopship Transylvania was torpedoed in the Med. on 4/5/17; 2nd Lt. Percy Paris Pope, 3rd attd. 1st Bn. Welsh Regt. was KiA in France on 2/10/15 during the battle of Loos (includes an account of this action by his CO). The husband of Evelyn Grace Pope, Lt.-Col. A.R. Haig-Brown, DSO, was KiA 25/3/18 commanding 23rd Bn. Middlesex Regiment. Others included three regular officers, Capt. Albert Victor Pope, 14th Hussars (extracts from his letters from Mespot. are included in the book), Major Decimus Pope, MC, 18th Hussars & Capt. Cyril Pope of the 1st Bedfordshire Regt. (PoW in Nov. 1914 at First Ypres); Lt. John Allen Pope, 11th KRRC served in France until invalided from the Somme with shell shock. Several daughters served as VADs. A remarkable family war record, the services of each individual described in some detail, several with extracts from letters &c., each with a fine portrait. Orig. red cloth, gilt, VG & rare with loosely inserted presentation letter from the compiler, Alfred Pope, to J.S. Udal of the Inner Temple, who was author of Dorsetshire Folklore, with his ownership inscrip. Lacks the frontis. portrait of Mrs Alfred Pope o/w complete. See illustrations on our website.   £265
An American Soldier: Letters of Edwin Austin Abbey, 2d. 1st Ed., [ix]+174pp., 202x134mm, portrait frontis., map (Vimy Ridge, showing location of his grave). VG in partyial dw. Houghton Mifflin, Boston & New York. 1918  #66405
[HLMainPic] Edwin Austin Abbey the Second, son of William Burling Abbey and Katharine Eleanor Abbey of Philadelphia, enlisted 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion Oct. 1915, served in Flanders March-April 1916 when he was wounded. Commissioned in 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, returned to the Front in Dec. 1916 & Killed in Action by a sniper at Vimy Ridge on 10th April 1917. Contains lengthy letters written during training in Canada & on active service during 1916-17, these giving a very good impression of his life in France and Flanders, both in and behind the lines. They are followed by several letters of condolence, one of them containing a detailed account of his final hours and the location of his body (which had been plundered by the Germans for identifications), with a map showing the location of his battlefield grave. Orig. brown paper covered boards with cloth backstrip, gilt to spine and title to front, VG in dw (latter scarce example, but lacking sp. panel). See illustration on our website.   £125
Poems by Claude L. Penrose, with a Biographical Preface. 1st Ed., vi+271pp., 4to, portrait frontis., 51 photos. & other illus. inc. several of Penrose's decorative designs & watercolours of Western Front scenes, 3 text decorations. Privately printed by Harrison & Sons. 1919  #66403
[HLMainPic] A misleadingly titled very substantial memorial to a regular gunner, Major Claude Quayle Lewis Penrose, M.C. & Bar. He was born in Florida in 1893 & in early youth had a disturbing method of "experimenting on his powers of endurance by knocking his curly head against a wall & persisting in the exercise until he made himself cry." His family returned to Europe when he was four & he was educated at the United Services College & the RMA Woolwich. Commissioned in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1913, he went to France in November 1914, served with 119th Heavy Battery from January 1915 & was attached to 4th Field Survey Company on the Somme, planning counter-battery work & preparing panoramic photographs (he was awarded the MC for this work). Later he was appointed to command 245th Siege Battery (XIX Corps Heavies), won the Bar to his MC during the March Retreat & was mortally wounded by a shell which hit his Battery Command post on 31st July 1918 east of Ypres, then aged twenty-four. He died of wounds the following day at the 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station & his grave lies in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery. The first 173 pages consist of extracts from his voluminous and detailed letters and material contributed by colleagues to give a full account of his life & services, including much on the Somme 1916, also various extracts from his diaries, followed by 90pp. of his poetry; the last eight being on war themes. Orig. delicate cushioned glazed purple cloth binding, a comparatively VG copy as most encountered are dry & worn due to the delicate nature of the binding, sp. sunned o/w nice copy. See illustrations on our website.   £275
Richard Vincent Sutton: A Record of His Life Together with Extracts from His Private Papers. 1st Ed., [ii]+195pp., 290x217mm, portrait frontis., 3 other portraits, 2 further plates (one of HQ Staff, 4th Army, 1917, all subjects identified), several small sketches and diagrams. Printed [for private circulation] by George W. Jones, Gough Square, Fleet Street. 1922  #66399
[HLMainPic] A fine & rare memorial volume. Sir Richard Vincent Sutton, sixth Baronet of Norwood Park, county Nottingham, and Benham Valence, Berkshire, "Dick," was born in 1891 and Ed. at Eton. Failing to gain entry to Oxford University he was granted a commission in the 1st Life Guards in 1910, doing duty in London and Windsor when not shooting on his estate or travelling in europe. He served abroad with the Life Guards in October 1914, when after three weeks in Flanders, he was slightly wounded near Zandvoorde on the 25th. This first period of active service is described in lengthy daily diary entries. Sutton returned to his regiment in March 1915 and was wounded again on 13th May near Hooge. Out again in August and joined IV Corps Staff for several months then 4th Army Staff, where he remained for twenty-five months as ADC to Sir Henry Rawlinson, including the planning and execution of the Battle of the Somme. In September 1917 he was then reclaimed by his regiment as Adjutant, then served with the Guards Machine Gun Regiment in 1918. Surviving to the end, he was struck down by influenza after the armistice and died in Base Hospital at Wimereux on 29th November 1918. He was buried in the Terlincthun British Military Cemetery, was twenty-seven years old and held the Military Cross. This lavish memoir includes lengthy extracts from his letters to family and friends throughout his service on the Western Front. Blue/grey paper covered boards with wheat cloth backstrip with paper label, VG.. See illustrations on our website.   £350
Manual of Physical Training. (Reprint 1908 with Amendments published in Army Orders to 1st December, 1914.). 275pp., sketches & diagrams. Printed by Harrison & Sons for HMSO. 1914  #66225
[HLMainPic] Orig. brown cloth, titled in black to sp., somewhat serviceworn, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £25

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