DRILL

[ Earl Roberts of Kandahar. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Roberts, FM.') to Lt. Col. H. Howard, Leicestershire Vice Chairman, regarding his proposed speech at 'a public meeting organised by the National Service League at the Drill Hall, Wolverhampton'.

Author: 
Earl Roberts of Kandahar [ Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts ] (1832-1914), British soldier, Commander-in-Chief of the Forces during the Second Boer War
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Englemere, Ascot, Berkshire. 20 February 1913.
£120.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condtion, lightly aged and creased. The typed text of the letter appears to be duplicated, with the salutation 'My dear Mr. Vice Chairman' added at the head, and the identity of the recipient added at the foot: '(Leicestershire) | Lt. Col. H. Howard, D.L.' The letter explains that Roberts has been asked to 'speak at a public meeting organised by the National Service League at the Drill Hall, Wolverhampton, at 8 p.m. On Friday, 14th March', with the Mayor of Wolverhampton in the chair, 'in a non-committal capacity'.

[ The Boer War, the Rifle Brigade and Brigadier-General John Harington. ] Nineteen items relating to the embarkation of the 2nd Battalion, including 'Nominal Roll', drill instructions, 'Musketry Orders for Pembroke Camp', orders, letters, telegram.

Author: 
Brigadier-General John Harington (1873-1943), son of Sir Richard Harington, 11th Bart [ 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade; Second Boer War; Natal Field Force ]
Publication details: 
South Africa, including Pembroke Camp and Klein Oliphant. 1902.
£500.00

For details of Harington's distinguished military career, see his entry in Who Was Who. The present collection, from his papers, is an interesting assemblage of ephemeral items, casting light on British Army practices at the time of the Boer War. Nineteen items. In fair condition, with some signs of age and wear. ONE: Duplicated orders in mimeograph of handwriting. Titled: 'Depôt Battalion | Orders for Reservist Companies passing through'. At end: 'By order | B St Clair-Ford Captain | Adjutant Depôt Battalion' and 'Green Point | 1st August 1902.' 2pp., folio.

'1st. Battn. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. | Drill Programme.' [ Printed card with autograph note by Scovell stating authorship. ]

Author: 
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders [ Lieut-Col. G. J. S. Scovell [ George Julian Selwyn Scovell ] (1881-1948), deputy Director-General of Recruiting, 1918; General Secretary of National Liberal Party ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place, but dated by Scovell to 1910.
£125.00

Printed on both sides of a 15 x 11 cm piece of card. In good condition, lightly-aged. Unsigned autograph note by Scovell on reverse: 'Drawn up by me when adjt.

[Royal Army Medical Corps publication.] Depot & Training Establishment, R.A.M.C. Squad Drill.

Author: 
[Royal Army Medical Corps] [Second World War squad drill; British Army]
Publication details: 
North Hants Printing Co., Ltd., Fleet. Undated, but dating from the Second World War.
£65.00

18pp., 16mo. Stapled pamphlet. In green printed wraps. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. At head of first page: 'SQUAD DRILL | This Booklet is issued to assist R.A.M.C. personnel to become proficient at drill in threes. It is set out in plain language, the object being to help the reader to obtain a clear mental picture of the subject.' Undated, but found in a collection of Second World War medical pamphlets. (The British Library has five items from the printers, ranging in date from 1925 to 1937.) Excessively scarce: no copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or COPAC.

Original watercolour illustration, with measurements, captioned 'Drill Motions', and docketed 'Drill Motions at Bunhill Fields'.

Author: 
[the Honourable Artillery Company; Bunhill Fields; the City of London; military drill manual; the British Army]
Publication details: 
Anonymous and undated. [Circa 1810?]
£200.00

On one side of a piece of wove paper roughly 28.5 x 24 cm. On aged, somewhat grubby paper, with 6 cm closed tear repaired with tape on reverse. Full-length diagrammatic depiction of a British army officer in uniform of the Napoleonic period (black boots with spurs, tight white breeches, green jacket with yellow trim and black hat with red plume), holding his sword horizontally in front of his face. A set of thirteen numbered angles are projected from the tip of the blade, some bracketed 'all these are strait in Front'. Others are described as 'flat'.

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