With most of the War’s casualties being either missing or buried near to where they
fell, it became increasingly difficult for families to mourn without having a focal
point for their grief. For some of the more wealthy relatives, & these are almost
invariably memorials to Officers, a small, usually privately printed volume seemed
to be the most appropriate means of commemoration. They usually follow the same format
- a brief outline of the officer’s life before the War with the occasional school
poem, War-time letters home with some diary entries and an account of the death with
letters of commiseration from fellow officers.
In almost all cases the numbers printed were small, maybe 50 - 100 copies, being
meant for family members and for those who served with him. They vary from small
wrappered pamphlets to elaborately leather bound affairs of which that to Samuel
Underhill is probably the most famous.
A recent bibliography by Tom Donovan lists nearly 400 of these volumes but here I’m
showing just a small selection from my own collection of some 90 volumes.
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Kenneth James Balguy Addy. Priv. Pr. 1916.
2nd Lt., 1st KRRC. Killed in action nr. Vermelles,Oct 3rd 1915
Rev. Percival Arthur Hatfield.
Priv. Pr. 1919?. Army Chaplain, 10th Div., EEF. Died Mesopotamia, July 9th 1918
Frederick Vincent Hall. Priv. Pr. 1919? Flt. Lt. 210 Sq., RAF.
KIA, 15th May 1918.
Half-bound in leather from his flying jacket.
John Harold M’Ervel.
Priv. Pr. 1917. Major, 1st Batt., Kings (Liverpool) Reg. KIA, Guilliemont, 8th August
George Bleazard Cowpe.
Priv. Pr. 1918.
Lt., 6th Cheshires. KIA, St. Julien, July 31st 1917
Priv. Pr. 1919. 2nd Lt., 2nd Sth. Wales Borderers. DOW, France, April 12th 1918
George Elton Sedding.
Priv. Pr. 1917. L.Cpl., 7th Norfolks. DOW, Hampstead Gen. Hospital, Oct. 23rd 1915
Gilbert Talbot. Priv. Pr. 1916
Lt., 7th Rifle Brigade.
KIA, Hooge, July 30th 1915.
Harold Parry. Priv. Pr. 1916
2nd Lt., KRRC
KIA, Vlamertinghe, Oct. 2nd, 1916
Henry Bentinck. Robert Scott 1919. Major, 2nd Coldstream Gds. DOW, Guinchy, Oct 2nd
James Edward Whitehead. Priv. Pr. 1917. 2nd Lt., 4/7th Middlesex. KIA, Combles, Sept.
John Savill Tatham. Priv. Pr. nd
2nd Lt., Kings Royal Rifles.
KIA, Tigris Line, 9th Feb. 1917
Kenneth Gordon Garnet. Priv. Pr. 1917. 2nd Lt., RFA. DOW, Westminster Hosp., 22nd
Kingsley Darling. Priv. Pr. 1919.
Capt., 5th Batt., Royal Scots.
KIA, Damery, 11th Aug., 1918
Richard Byrd Levett. Eton College 1917. 2nd Lt., 1st KRRC.
KIA, Bapaume. March 10th 1917
Robert Barbour Whyte. Priv. Pr. 1918. 2nd Lt., 1st Black Watch.
KIA, Loos. 25th Sept. 1915
Roland Erasmus Phillips. Curwen Press 1920. Capt.,
9th Batt. Royal Fusiliers.
KIA, Ovillers. July 7th 1916
This is a small selection from my personal collection. I shall be adding others later.
Please send pictures of any additional volumes you may have as long as there is some
text or an image on the cover.