Title: A Subaltern's Share in the War: Home Letters...
Publisher: Constable and Company, London
Publication Date: 1917
Book Condition: Good+
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition.
Moderate rubbing to spine and boards. Front endpaper has contemporary rubber stamp "Guild of Church & Empire", a previous owner's signature "M G Morgan", and a previous owner's ex-libris bookplate "Frank G. Glen".; Scarce. xviii, , 178 pages + 5 plates (including portrait frontispiece). Grey papered boards with red lettering and rule on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 181 x 130mm. Letters home of a member of the Royal Flying Corps who was shot down and killed in the war on 6 June, 1917, three days before he was due home on leave. Includes accounts of trench life. "I decided to shift my funk-hole to a place just to the right of the church. Here were the remains of some gun-pits made by the 49th about a week before. One of these we improved, and put a large stable-door on, as overhead cover, with some earth on the top of that [. . .] Incidentally, a day or two before, as I was sitting in my old funk-pit, a bit of one of the German anti-aeroplane shells dropped in, missing me by about four inches" - page 47. "This morning, at 5 a.m., we were aroused to support a bombing attack, so we started firing away. I immediately started out on the motor-bike to get up more ammunition from the wagon-line. I got down there all right although the engine was only firing in one cylinder, and got the ammunition up in time to keep us going, so the bike has been useful already" - page 97. Devenish then joined the Royal Flying Corps in April, 1916. "During the first four month of that time he was acting as artillery observer, in Fance, after which he was sent home to be trained as a pilot." - page 115. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 13962
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