Walker, Major G. Goold.


Seely, 1st ed., 1930. 592 pp., frontis., + several photo-plates + some maps, plans + ills. Cloth ; gilt armorial to front cover ; 22 x 14cm. Some foxing in places ; owner’s details to f.e.p., o/w V.G. The Honourable Artillery Company is, in point of age, the senior unit of the British Army. It’s recorded history goes back to at least 1537 and this book traces its story through the First World War. A territorial regiment, it was unique in that it was composed of both artillery and infantry and like all territorial forces it formed second and eventually third line units. The 1st Battalion went to France in September 1914 where it remained throughout the war. The 2nd Battalion followed in October 1916, joined the 7th Division and in November 1917, accompanied it to Italy where it remained until the end of the war. The newly created 309th Siege Battery went to France in April 1917 and it fought there to the end of the war. The two first line artillery batteries sailed for Egypt in April 1915 and served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the desert and in Palestine while the two second line batteries both went to France in June 1917 as part of the 126th Army Field Artillery Brigade. In this book, each unit has a section to itself with its own chapters. Appendices include an extensive Roll of Honour plus listing of awards, distinctions and honours and three separate indexes of persons, places and units. Illustrated with numerous photographs plus some maps.

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