The Regimental Roll Of Honour And War Record Of The Artists’ Rifles
Howlett and Son, 10, Frith Street, Soho Square, W.1.
8vo. 6.75 x 8.25 inches. xliii + 596 pp. Bound in original grey cloth, gilt, with crest on front board, enclosed by black decorative tile. Extremities worn and hinges starting to crack. Some browning of edges and flyleaves, but otherwise a very good copy. Ownership inscription of Nigel Durdant-Hollamby, London, 1946 on first free endpaper. Illustrated by 31 pages of photographic plates, including frontispiece and portraits and by 2 facsimiles. A very detailed personnel record of the regiment in the First World War. The Artists' Rifles, a reserve regiment, was first raised as a volunteer unit in 1859 and its entry was later widened to include men from the professions in general. In the First Word War it was used as an officer training unit until sent to the western front in 1917. In the Second World War it was a home based OTU, becoming part of the 21st SAS Reserve in 1947. According to Library Hub the book was edited by Samuel Stagoli Higham, better known as an Anglican composer. Copy owned by N. O. (Nigel) Durdant-Hollamby (c.1923-2013) who was commissioned from the Artists' Rifles into the Royal West Kent Regiment during the Second World War and later served in the Somaliland Camel Corps, where he was credited with the capture of a stricken German U-boat and its crew. After the War he entered the Colonial Service as a District Officer in Tanganyika. A scarce title.
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