Morland-Hughes, R. W. (Portland).


1st ed., 1987. 60 pp., profusely illustrated with cold., ills. D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. The author – universally known to his beloved 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles – died in action in Italy in 1944. The first part of this book consists of the series of illustrated letters he wrote to his teenage brother Walter during his first home leave in 1937 and his return to India via Canada and the Far East and is a delightful memento of the period of the British Raj. His drawings are full of charm and wise and witty observations. The second part, Off the Record, reproduces pages from Portland’s sketchbook of that name in which he depicted various incidents in the life of his Regiment from the declaration of war in 1939 until just before its departure from the Middle East for Italy in 1943. Despite their more serious nature as the observations of a working soldier, they cast a humorous light on the people and events which made him smile during those arduous times.

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