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Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918 Manuscripts & Ephemera 1914-1918   24 Books
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No. 26/451 Rfmn. Clarence Walter Hills. 4th Bn. 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Fine full-length studio portrait in NZRB uniform & slouch hat by Ray Tinsley of Palmerston North, contained in the studio's brown cards wraps. (258x172mm) with glazed overlay to the portrait, this inscribed by the subject: "To Margaret & Harold. With Best Wishes from Larry. Address L. Cpl. C.W. Hills 26/451 8th Platoon "B" Company 4th Battalion Earl of Liverpool's Own N.Z.R.B. c/o G.P.O. Wellington."  #58258
Hills was the son of The Rev. John William Hills & Elizabeth Hannah Hills of Mission House, Malua, Samoa, where he was born in 1897. He was KiA near Flers on the Somme, 24th Sept. 1916 & is buried in Bulls Road Cemetery, Flers. Sixty-six inhabitants of Samoa served in WW1 of whom fourteen died on service. Fine portrait & VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
Labour Corps Christmas Card, France 1917-1918. Customary attractive fldg. card with col. illustration within. Traces of paste on rear where removed from album, o/w VG. See illustration on our website.  #46381
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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.   £45
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.   £45
Women's War Work In Maintaining the Industries & Export Trade of the United Kingdom. Issued by the War Office, September 1916. 1st Ed., orig. grey printed wraps., 94pp., 4to, inc. 72 finely reproduced photos. on 36 plates. Printed under the Authority of HMSO by the Chiwick Press. 1916  #53401
[HLMainPic] Very rare, attractive & well-produced record of women's work in industry & agriculture in WW1. A note at the foot of the title page states: "Information officially compiled for the use of Recruiting Officers, Military Representatives & Tribunals." Includes Preface & Introductory Note by the Adjutant-General to the Forces, notes on Trades & Processes in which Women are successfully employed in temporary [sic] replacement of Men (includes Index of Trades, Detailed List of Processes & matter relating to Munitions Work), a superb selection of finely reproduced photos. of women employed in various industries, & finally lists of various offices of HM Inspectors of Factories, Labour Exchanges, Board of Trade Women Agricultural Organizing Offficers & Hon. Sec's. for Women's County Committees of Agriculture. 25,000 copies were printed but this appears to be a very rare surviving example. VG state throughout. See illustrations on our website.   £225
Lieut. Henry Ward. 210 Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Commission to be 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery (Special Reserve), 3rd March 1917.  #58257
Later promoted to Acting Captain & Adjt., 1/10/1917 & stepped up to W.S. Lieut, 3/9/1918. Copy of MIC provided shows entered theatre of war (France & Flanders) 26/9/1917 & served with 210 Bde. RFA. VG. See illustration on our website.   £40
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

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No. L/6265 L/Cpl. John Henry (Jack) Unwin, No. 5 Pl., "B" Coy., 1st Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment: Killed in Action near High Wood, 15th July 1916.  #58268
[HLMainPic] Two letters with envelopes (dated 13/12/15 & 7/3/16) & one FPC (dated 4/3/16) from Unwin to "Cousin Ethel." He was KiA in his battalion's attack on 'German Switch' trench near High Wood, a failure due to uncut wire which resulted in losses of 5 officers & 28 other ranks killed, 58 missing & 207 wounded. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Together with further correspondence to Ethel Brooks: (i) From 'Jesse' serving at an ADS in Salonika, three letters with envelopes & five postcards, 1917-18; (ii) five postcards from L/Cpl. George Mansfield, with whom she became romantically attached; (ii) Four postcards from "Sid" in France & several other postcards &c. See illustration on our website.   £45
No. 30838 Pte. Horace Ivor Leonard, 14th (S) Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment, KiA 1st July 1917 [And:] No. 203250 Pte. Evan John Leonard, 2/6th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment, died of pneumonia, 16th January 1919.  #58272
[HLMainPic] Letters to Gwendoline Leonard at Wotton-under-Edge, Glos., 1916-1919 from her brothers Horace & Jack: tragically neither came home from the war. (i) Horace Ivor Leonard: three letters from Bristol in 1915 & five from France/Flanders dated 14/9/16; 19/1/17; 9/4/17; 9/5/17 & 16/6/17. Was a shopworker in Bristol prior to enlisting in the Gloucestershire Regiment; served in 5 Plt. "X" Coy. 12th/14th (S) Bn. Glosters., KiA 1/7/17 & buried in Villers-Guislain Communal Cemetery (During the night of 31st June/1st August 14th Glos. repelled several German raids, suffering two killed & eight wounded). (ii) Evan John (Jack) Leonard: eight letters from France/Flanders, 14//11/16; 6/2/17; 23/4/17; 7/6/17; 21/8/17; 27/9/17; 21/12/17 & 14/1/18. Survived two years at the Front only to die of pneumonia on 16th Jan. 1919. He is buried in Enschede Eastern General Cemetery, near the German border in Holland. (possibly while a returning PoW). (iii) Gwendoline Leonard's membership card for the Children's Scripture Union (1916), band of Hope attendance card sveral related family documents &c., plus a leter to Jack in France, May 1916, who had been concerned about his safety, & one from Horace to Jack, May 1917, while both were in France. Small but intersting archive, around 30 items in all, most of the letters being 3-4pp., including some account of both brothers' experience of active service. VG. See illustrations on our website.   £145
Small scrap album/autograph book with WW1 content. Cloth covers with sketch & legend 'Autographs', 17x14 cm approx., plain leaves mostly bearing inscriptions & sketches, with a number by WW1 servicemen, also other content & some remain blank. Sp. chipped/worn with loss but internally sound.  #54296
[HLMainPic] WW1 contributions by soldiers include several good coloured sketches (including trench scenes) & cartoons, regimental badges & patriotic messages. See illustrations on our website.   £75

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