J. L. H. Batt [Jack Lynden Batt] (b.1922), of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery [POWs; Prisoners of War; Second World War]
Undated [written in the 1960s?]. Covering events from June 1941 to April 1945.
i + 207pp., 8vo. Perfect bound in green card wraps, with green cloth spine. In good condition: lightly-aged and a little dogeared, in lightly-creased wraps with slight wear to spine. Tipped in onto the last page is an original 'Army Form B. 104-83', signed and stamped with date 16 March 1943, informing Batt's father that he was posted as missing on 27 February 1943 in North Africa. Nine chapters: 'The Western Desert'; 'Italy'; 'Gaschwyz'; 'Leipzig', 'Gaschwyz Again'; 'Boehlen, Leuna, Wiederitsch'; 'Lager Waldfrieden'; 'Russians'; 'Latvians'.
John Heath and J. L. H. Batt [Jack Lynden Batt], both of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery [Lager 31, Stalag IV-G; POWs; Prisoners of War; Second World War]
Modern transcript. Account of events between 5 January 1943 and 12 May 1945.
ii + 177pp., 8vo. Each page on a separate leaf. Original typescript, not a carbon. In very good condition, in green card folder. The first paragraph of Batt's two-page preface reads: 'This transcript has been copied from original personal diaries of JOHN HEATH with whom I served in 155 Battery, 172 Field Regiment R.A.; an artillery unit of 25 pounder guns stationed at Mersham, Nr. Ashford in Kent. John and I were together through most of the happenings in North Africa, Italy and Germany described in these diaries until May 1945 when we got split up as the war in Europe was coming to an end.
Commander Geoffrey Scott Stavert (d.2002), of 155th Battery, 172nd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery [J. L. H. Batt [Jack Lynden Batt] (b.1922],
Place and date not stated. [Southsea, 1970s?]
298pp., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper in blue ring binder. From the collection of J. L. H. Batt, who writes the following autograph note: 'Lt. Geoff. Stavert was E. Troop Commander of 155 Battery at Sidi Nsir Feb. 1943, & was my Troop Commander. On 26. 2. 43 I was up at the O.P as a Signaller on Hill 609.
Emmanuel-Félicité de Durfort , Duc de Duras (1715-1789), Maréchal de France, French soldier and politician
Paris. 31 May 1766.
1p., 4to. In good condition, lightly-aged. Twelve lines of text in a close hand. The document has been signed and docketed: 'Douzieme et derniere Inventoire cette soixante seize', with the underlining of passages in which Duras undertakes to pay the sum as soon as possible, and with exactitude.
Samuel Howitt (c.1756-1823) [Captain Thomas Williamson; Edward Orme]
[1807.] 'Pub by Edwd. Orme | 59 Bond Street'.
On thick light-blue/grey laid paper, 60 x 48 cm, with thin strip of white stub to left-hand margin. In a small neat contemporary hand in top right-hand corner: 'P. W. Baker Esqr. Subn Copy'. Lightly creased and worn, with a central vertical fold line running through the centre of the print, which is coloured in gouache in greys, greens, browns and pinks, with a blue bankground. A few small patches of colour rubbed away from the print, the dimensions of which are roughly 29 x 39 cm.
North African Campaign, British Army, 1940-1943 [ Lt M. P. M. Ollard of 154 (Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery; Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein ]
[ North African Campaign, British Army, 1940-1943. ]
4pp., 4to. On four leaves. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor rust marks from paperclip. Ownership signature at top right of first page: 'Lt M P M Ollard'. The pages are numbered in type 5 [corrected in manuscript to '1'], 2, 3 and 4. The first page is headed 'Some golden rules for the desert', with subheadings 'Desert March Discipline', 'Protection', 'Navigation', 'Messing, Rations etc.', 'Maintenance' and 'General'. The next section is headed 'Tips for the desert', with subheadings 'Clothing', 'Stores and Equipment', 'M.
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (1882-1946), highest-ranking German army officer executed at Nuremberg; K. W. Hechler [Kenneth William Hechler; Ken Hechler ] (b.1914), American politician [ Nazi Party ]
Place not stated [ United States Army, Nuremberg, Germany ]. 24 July 1945.
2pp., 8vo. Single-spaced. In fair condition, on two leaves of lightly-aged air mail paper, with punch holes to left-hand margins and at head. Made out to be signed by 'Keitel | Generalfeldmarschall | (Field Marshal)'. The five questions are: 'What was your estimate in 1939 of the speed and capabilities of the U.S. to build up a war machine? Did the U.S. exceed your expectations in producing war material and training an army?' (26 line response), 'On what basis did you estimate that Germany could complete its campaign in Europe before the U.S.
J. F. C. Fuller [ Major General John Frederick Charles Fuller (1878-1966) ], military historian and strategist [ Royal Field Artillery; First World War; Second Battle of the Somme, 1918 ]
Fuller's circular and the 'Battle Note' both from Headquarters, Tank Corps ('HJB'), and both dated 23 July 1918.
From the papers of Lieutenant Colonel William Otter Gibbs (1883-1960), Sixth Tank Battalion. Both items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with minor rusting from pin used to attach them. ITEM ONE: Duplicated Typed Circular by 'J. F. C. Fuller [ facsimile signature ] | Lieut.-Colonel, | General Staff.' 23 July 1918, headed 'G. T. 29/3/3', from 'Headquarters, | TANK CORPS. | 23, 7, 1918., | HJB.' 1p., folio. Small hole at top left, not affecting text.
[Aerial photograph and manuscript map of the Passchendaele area during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, First World War; No. 105 Machine Gun Company; British Army]
Passchendaele, Belgium. 'Reproduced & Printed by No 5 Advanced Section AP & SS'. Stamped on the reverse: 'NO. 105 MACHINE GUN COMPANY', with the date '1/9/17' [i.e. 1 September 1917.
Printed on a piece of card, roughly 50 x 22 cm., with the photographic side shiny and the reverse carrying the manuscript plan matt. In fair condition, folded four times and lightly aged, worn and chipped. The whole of the one side comprises a single photographic print, with 'Reproduced & Printed by No 5 Advanced Section AP & SS' at the foot. The upper part of this print reproduces an aerial photograph, roughly 15 x 22 cm, with six positions indicated: 'Kansas Cross', 'Gravenstafel', 'Passchendaele', 'Otto FM. D. 15a', 'Delva FM.
Lord Napier of Magdala [ Field Marshal Robert Cornelius Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala ] (1810-1890), British soldier, Indian army officer
Place and date not stated.
On 8.5 x 11 cm. piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: '[...] Wishing you a happy new Year | Believe me | Yours sincerely | Napier of Magdala'. Fragment of text on reverse reads: 'Gibraltar as I am not very confident as to the posting of my letters here sometimes otherwise I should have taken it for granted.'
Lord Amherst [ Field Marshal Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst ] (1717-1797), British army officer, conquerer of New France, Governor of Virginia, and Governor General of Canada
Without date or place.
On one side of an 8 x 16.5 cm piece of paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Cut from the end of a document, and reading: 'I have the honour to be | My Lord, | Your Lordship's | most obedient and | most humble servant | Amherst.' On reverse in another hand 'The first & great Lord Amherst'. Amherst is notorious for his use of biological warfare against Native American tribes in Canada in 1763.
Hugo Meynell (1909-1960), son of Francis Hugo Lindley Meynell (1880-1941) of Hoar Cross, Burton-on-Trent [ Tanganyika Territory in the nineteen-thirties; big game hunting in Africa; African Safari]
Four of the letters on letterheads of Mtotohovu, Tanga, Tanganyika Territory; one on letterhead of Union-Castle Line SS 'Durham Castle', and another from Thaba Bosigo, Fouriesburg Rail, Orange Free State. Between 1 September 1932 and 4 January 1933.
A total of 46pp., mostly on 4to Mtotohovu letterheads. In fair condition, aged and worn. From the Meynell family papers. In the first letter he describes his preparations for an elephant shoot on the Serengeti: 'I a taking a 400 elephant gun a 300 high velocity gun, and a shot gun. My escort consists of a gun bearer, cook, tent boy lorry driver & skinner.' Of the participants in the '"Ngoma" native dance games' he writes: 'they really were awful, covered in red & yellow clay or mud - they really did look maniacs & I am sure are more than half Savages'.
John Pye (1782-1874), English landscape painter [ Walter Field (1837-1901), artist ]
17 Gloucester Crescent, NW [ London ]. 3 March 1871.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. He writes that he has 'carefully looked over the Copy of "Turner's England and Wales," that will be offered for Sale at Christies rooms on Tuesday next', and that while he finds it 'in all respects good of its kind, and applicable to the Library of a gentleman', it is 'not so well applicable to the Studio of an Artist, whose aim is to acquire from it, all the knowledge that a more refined class of impressions of places might impart to him'.
Robert G. Ingersoll [ Col. R. G. Ingersoll; Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ Rev. Henry Martyn Field (1822-1907) ; G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, at 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. ] 1888.
16pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, lightly aged. 'You do not exactly appreciate my feeling. I do not hate Presbyterians; I hate Presbyterianism. I hate with all my heart the creed of that Church, and I most heartily despise the God described in the Confession of Faith. But some of the best friends I have in the world are afflicted with the mental malady known as Presbyterianism.' Uncommon.
Major H. M. Jackson, Royal Engineers [ Field Intelligence Department, Pretoria; Boer War map: Melmoth, Transvaal ]
[ British Army ] Field Intelligence Department, Pretoria, 1901. 'Photo-lithographed - Pretoria - June 1901 | Mapping Section - Field Intelligence Dept - Army Head Qrs.'
Photolithographically printed in black on one side of a 51 x 63 cm. piece of cloth, folding into a 16.5 x 11 cm. packet, in green printed cloth covers backed with card. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor signs of age and wear. Cover reads: 'Transvaal. | (Major Jackson's Series). | Sheet No. 37. | Melmonth. | Field Intelligence Department. | Pretoria, 1901.' Signed in pencil on front cover 'G S Scovell | Cam Hrs.' In top left-hand corner of map: 'No. 37'. In bottom left-hand corner: 'Compiled in Surveyor General's Office - Pretoria underdirection [sic] of MAJOR H. M. JACKSON R.E. Mch.
Lieut-Col. G. J. S. Scovell [ George Julian Selwyn Scovell ] (1881-1948), Cameron Highlanders, deputy Director-General of Recruiting, 1918, and General Secretary of National Liberal Party, 1919-1922
[ Dublin, Ireland. ] In Campbell's Octavo Diary and Almanac for 1905 and Campbell's Albany Diary and Almanac for 1906 (Duncan Campbell & Son, Glasgow and London). Entries dating from between 2 January and 31 December 1906.
Educated at Haileybury and Sandhurst, Scovell was gazetted to the Cameron Highlanders in 1900 and served with the regiment in the latter part of the Boer War (his diaries for the period being among material offered separately). He served on the General Staff in the First World War, and was appointed deputy Director-General of Recruiting in 1917, retiring from the Army the following year. For more information about Scovell, see his entry in 'Who Was Who', and his obituary in The Times, 29 April 1948.
Major H. M. Jackson, Royal Engineers [ Field Intelligence Department, Pretoria; Boer War map: Pomeroy, Transvaal ]
[ British Army ] Field Intelligence Department, Pretoria, 1901. 'Photo-lithographed - Pretoria - June 1901 | Revised July 1901. | Mapping Section - Field Intelligence Dept - Army Head Qrs'.
Photolithographically printed in black on one side of a 51 x 63 cm. piece of cloth, folding into a 16.5 x 11 cm. packet, in green printed cloth covers backed with card. In good condition, lightly-aged, with minor damp staining along outer edge of front cover. Cover reads: 'Transvaal. | (Major Jackson's Series). | Sheet No. 38. | Pomeroy. | Field Intelligence Department. | Pretoria, 1901.' Signed in pencil on front cover 'G S Scovell | Cam Hrs.' In top left-hand corner of map: 'No. 38'. In bottom left-hand corner: 'Compiled in Surveyor General's Office - Pretoria under direction of MAJOR H. M.
Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley [ Field Marshal Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley] (1833-1913) [ Sir Robert Herbert (1831-1905), first Premier of Queensland ]
On letterhead of the Royal Hospital, Dublin. 19 April 1894.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged paper. He apologises for being unable to be in London the following Saturday, as he has to 'take part in an odious function at Glasgow on that day'. He gives a date when he will be in London, in the hope that there will be 'a B. C. [ Breakfast Club ] breakfast on that day', hoping 'to renew my acquaintance then with the choice spirits who belong to that coterie'.
William Harcourt (1743-1830), 3rd Earl Harcourt, Field Marshal of the British Army, Governor of the Royal Military College, Great Marlow
St Leonards [ St Leonards Hill, near Clewer, Berkshire ]. 14 August 1805.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He informs the recipient that he is 'happy to have it in my power to comply with your request for the admission of your Son as a Cadet in the Royal Military College', and that he has 'inserted him in the List of Candidates for Examination' on 1 October 1805. He states that he is sending 'the usual Circular letter, which will give you the necessary information respecting the qualifications required, and articles to be provided by the Young Gentleman on his admission into the Establishment'.
The Fly Fishers Club, London, founded 1884 [ William Senior (1837-1920), editor of the Field; Robert Bright Marston (1853-1927); Maj.-Gen. Sir Desmond Dykes Tynte O'Callaghan ]
Two typed documents from the Fly Fishers Club, 36 Piccadilly, London. Both 14 November 1912. Manuscript document on letterhead of the Fishing Gazette, London. 15 November 1912.
The first two items in good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The third in fair condition, aged and worn. ONE: Typed Letter Signed (over a penny tax stamp) by 'W Senior' and 'R B Marston', announcing their resignation as trustees, to be replaced by Walter Durfee Coggeshall, William Milner Ratcliff, and John Assheton Rennie'. 1p., 4to. Manuscript postscript. With a 'certified copy of the resolution of the General Meeting of Members by which the above appointments were made'. 1p., 4to. Signed by Major-General Desmond O'Callaghan and the secretary.
Robinson & Sons, Ltd., Chesterfield, textile and packaging manufacturers, suppliers of textile goods to the British Army in the Second World War ]
Robinson & Sons, Ltd., Chesterfield. January 1941.
Two pink cloth bandages, in brown cloth packet, roughly 8 x 11 x 2 cm. The contents are described as 'Two Dressings in Waterproof Covers, each consisting of a gauze pad stitched to a bandage and a safety pin.; The printed text, encased within a border, also includes instructions 'To Open' and 'Directions for Use'. The Imperial War Museum has three such dressings (1940, 1942 and 1944), but none with the same date as the present item.
William Bernhardt Tegetmeier (1816-1912), naturalist, friend of Charles Darwin, natural history editor of 'The Field' magazine, London [ Charles Henry Collette (1842-1924), actor ]
On letterhead of 'The Field', Windsor House, Bream's Buildings, London, E.C. 21 January 1903.
2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with slight damage to second leaf caused by removal from mount. The letter is in a secretarial hand, with Tegetmeier writing the valediction: 'Very sincerely Yours | W B Tegetmeier | C Collette Esq'. He thanks him for his 'exceedingly kind and friendly reception of me at the Club last night', and encloses 'a slip of what I wrote in the Queen, as it may interest you'. He asks to be sent a post card to confirm receipt, 'as I am not quite certain whether you have any letters sent to the Club'.
Edmund Alexander Grubbe (b.1857), Captain in the 88th Connaught Rangers [ 8th (Reserve) Battalion, City of London Rifles; Post Office Rifles ]
FIELD MESSAGE BOOK: 'Army Book 153', Waterlow & Sons Ltd, London. With stamp of '8th. (Reserve) Batt., City of London Rifles'. Newhaven Fort, East Sussex: December 1914 to June 1915. LETTER: from London and Paris Hotel, Newhaven; 2 December 1914.
FIELD MESSAGE BOOK: Landscape 8vo notebook with 43pp of manuscript, in a number of different hands (one of them apparently Grubbe's), including seven full-page maps, with two further pages of carbon copies, preceded by 3pp. of printed text titled 'Field Message Book / (For the use of Dismounted Regimental Officers and Non-commissioned Officers of Cavalry and Mounted Infantry.)' In pencil and ink on graph paper pages. In detachable brown cloth cover, with explanatory label ('Cover for Army Book 153').
Charles St John [Charles George William St John] (1809-1856), sportsman and naturalist
19 Rutland Street [Edinburgh, Scotland]. 'Tuesday' [no date].
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, with closed tear along gutter and traces of mount on black reverse of second leaf. He fears she will think him 'but faithless' when he asks that she does not wait for him that day, 'as if Lord B. comes in to Edinbh. as I expect him to I cannot depend on getting away from home as early as 2'. He suggests that they go to Arthur's Seat the following day, and in a postscript explains that his sons have delivered the present letter 'en passant to school', and that they will wait 'for a verbal answer' on their way home.
William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham
Letterhead of William Ford, Gun Maker, "Eclipse" Works, 15, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham. 21 February 1907.
1p., 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper with wear to extremities. Addressed to 'F. Gardner Esq | Little Coggeshall | Essex'. The letter is signed 'Wm Ford | Per Pro' and reads: 'Dear Sir | In reply to your kind enquiry the cost to improve the shooting of your little .410 would be about 10/- if a double gun as near as I can tell without seeing it. | Trusting to be favoured with your kind command'. The letterhead contains a mass of text at the head and filling the left-hand margin.
Dover Easter Volunteer Manoeuvres, 1892, under Major-General Lord William Seymour, South-Eastern Division; Colonel J. C. Russell; Colonel J. B. Stirling; Colonel H. Kingscote
[No place [Dover, England]. [18 April] 1892.]
Both orders and map are in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. ORDERS: Headed 'Volunteer Tactical Field Day at Dover, | Easter Monday, 1892.' 8pp., 8vo. Stitched. The first two pages list: Headquarter Staff; Umpire Staff (Umpire-in-Chief, The General Officer Commanding South Eastern Division); Attacking Force (Commanding - Colonel J. C. Russell); Defending Force (Commanding - Colonel J. B. Sterling); Railway Staff Officers. The third and fourth pages carry tables for the Attacking and Defending Forces. Pages 5-8 give the 'District Orders' by 'H.
John Mitchell Kemble (1807-1857), English scholar and historian, eldest son of Charles Kemble the actor and Maria Theresa Kemble [freemasonry in Victorian Norwich; Chapel Field House; masonic]
Chapelfield [Norwich]. 12 December 1843.
2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Addressed to 'Dear Sir and Brother'. He apologises for 'having inflicted pain' on the recipient, but reminds him that 'imperative duty towards my office, no less than the security of Francis and myself required my insisting on the possession of the Books'. Even in the 'usual circumstances of the Province' he should have been 'most reluctant to remain in a position which, to say the least of it, would have betrayed carelessness on my part', but 'in the divided and almost hostile relation in which we (more particularly G.