SOLDIERS

[Two printed items.] 'Table Card containing Table of Exercises for the Physical Training of Recruits and Trained Soldiers of the Indian Army.' [Includes 'Preliminary Bombing Exercise'] and 'Trained Soldiers' Table. - 1.'

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[Indian Army, British India, physical training of recruits, August 1918; No. 2 Cadet Battalion]
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The first item ('Table Card'): 'G.S.T. | 15'. At foot of last page: 'SGPI - 155 CGS - 30-8-18 - 10,000' [i.e. dated 30 August 1918]. The second item without place or date.
£250.00

ONE ('Table Card'): 6pp., on three 22 x 9.5 cm leaves. In good condition, on aged paper, with small punch hole at top inner corner. Intended for officers directing physical training, and consisting of four tables (one to a page), numbered I to IV, with 'Notes on Physical Training' on the last page. Each of the first three tables is divided into 'Introductory Exercises', 'General Exercises' and 'Final Exercises'. Table IV is headed 'PRELIMINARY BOMBING EXERCISE.

Anonymous manuscript First World War narrative poem titled 'The Message of the King', concerning a blinded soldier who asks a doctor to kill him.

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[First World War dramatic monologue; Royal Army Medical Corps, Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire]
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[RAMC Delhi Barracks, Tidworth, Wiltshire.] Circa 1918.
£80.00

Four pages, 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged ruled paper, with watermark 'D. K & Co. | LONDON'. Sixty-four lines, arranged in eight eight-line stanzas. Apparently unpublished. Evocative of the sensibilities of a more naive age: sincerely meant, but coming across somewhat in the style of a Stanley Holloway monologue.

Three large mounted black and white photographs of the 'Lakhimpur Battalian, Assam Military Police', 1891, showing 'Gurkha Recruits' on parade, and officers with names.

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[Lakhimpur Battalion, Assam Military Police, 1891; Gurkha recruits; John James Street Driberg (1841-1919), of the Indian Civil Service]
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All three photographs dated from Dibrugarh, Assam, 18 June 1891.
£225.00

Each of the three photographs measures roughly 19 x 23.5 cm, and each is mounted on a piece of card roughly 29 x 35 cm, with a decorative red border around the photograph. The photographs are lightly-faded but in good condition, on aged and worn mounts. Each mount is stamped in purple: 'Lakhimpur Battalion, | Assam Military Police'. In contemporary manuscript, in the bottom left-hand corner of each photograph is 'Dibrugarh | 18.6.91'.

Typed Letter Signed "Wimborne" to Sir Stanley Harrington, a Cork bigwig, discussing the recruiting of Irish soldiers to fight for Britain in the First World War.

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Ivor Guest, Ist Viscount Wimborne,Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 19154-1918.
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[Printed heading] Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin, 20 March 1916
£350.00

Two pages, cr. 8vo, bifolium, punch-holes in white space, good condition. "The efforts which you have made in the furtherance of recruiting in this country have been brought to my notice and I desire at this stage of the campaign to place on record my appreciation ... duty of the first importance at this crisis of the country's fortunes. |The recent exclusion of Ireland from the scope of the Military Service Bill has placed upon the eligible men of Ireland, alone among the European nations ...

[Autograph Manuscript] The Decision of Horgeir, a story of the Conversion of Iceland

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Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic (DNB)
Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic (DNB)
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No date.
£1,250.00
Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist and eclectic (DNB)

Notebook, 34pp., 8vo (alternate pages used), first page dulled, minor marking, text clear and complete, in the hand of Sabine Baring-Gould, lightly annotated by B.-G. Words added by B.-G. top right of first page, "from | S. Baring-Gould | [Horbury Wakefiled -excised] | Dalton | Thirsk. And to the title: "by the Author of 'Iceland: its scenes & Sagas', 'Post Mediaeval Preachers,' &c". It is divided into three chapters, a B.-G.

Carbon copy of manuscript.

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Stunts by Fag End': contemporaneous account of first world war experiences by unidentified writer.
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Without date or place.
£100.00

3 pages, 8vo. On three leaves of paper, all creased, discoloured and worn, with a few tears and pin holes. Lively, humorous, and well-written account of the army career of a skiver. 'Behold me then the next time in the trenches a Lewis Gunner, my-self to be about to kill Bosches in neat little trenches of 47. As a matter of fact I did not kill one as I never fired the gun but we had one or two thrilling times. [...] January 1st. 1917 I became a member of the now famous Tank Corps.

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