Corbett-Smith, A.


1st.ed., 1926. Xxxi + 364 pp., frontis. D.j., 19 x 14cm. Some loss to spine-head of uncommon dust-jacket (now in a protective sleeve) ; cloth spine faded beneath d.j., with some staining towards edges of boards. GOOD/V.G. Armorial bookplate of Hugh Wansey Bayly, with neat inscription from the author on opposite free endpaper : "For H. Wansey Bayly : A patriot who does not fear to express his patriotism by deed and word. With the cordial good wishes of A. Corbett-Smith. Christmas, 1940." ( Bayly was born at Warminster in 1873 and volunteered for service in the South African War as a trooper in the 47th Company, Imperial Yeomanry. He was offered a commission which he refused, whereupon he was appointed 'Civil Surgeon' on the field of battle. He contacted typhoid and was sent to Ceylon to recover, in charge of Boer prisoners. He returned to South Africa and saw further action, coming home to England in 1902 where he worked as a physician in London hospitals and in poor areas of the city. His health broke down and he went to sea with Royal Mail Lines as a surgeon and brought about improvements aboard passenger ships. He served as a surgeon in the Navy at the outbreak of war in 1914 and was at Heligoland and Dogger Bank. In 1915 he transferred to the Army with the rank of Captain and was severely wounded at Flanders. In 1918 he was awarded the M.C. for service at Arras. He remained in medicine after the war and died in Norfolk in 1946. ) A character study of Horatio Nelson examining the man from his desire to go to sea in 1770 to his death at Trafalgar in 1805. Told in narrative form, the author portrays the human side of Nelson's personality and arranges his study into three periods ' Promise 1770-1793. Achievement 1793-1803. And Fulfilment 1803-1805. An unusual book, complete with its uncommon dust-jacket, and originally owned by a distinguished Army and Navy surgeon who saw action during the Boer War and in the First World War.

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