Sparrow, Geoffrey. Ross, J. N. Macbean.


Hodder & Stoughton, 1st.ed., 1918. Xxi + 261 pp., frontis + 3 other photo-plates + 60 sketches in text. Blue cloth ; gilt ; with blind fouled anchor to front cover. 22 x 15cm. V.G.+. Bookplate. Calling card of A. Landale Clark, Lt. 1/1st Highland Cyclist Btn., inscribed : With all good wishes for Christmas & the New Year. 25. 12. 18. [See also Item No. 100] Both authors were naval surgeons and they provide a contemporary first-hand narrative of the deeds of the Royal Naval Division during the First World War. The63rd (Royal Naval) Divisionwas aUnited Kingdominfantrydivision. It was originally formed as theRoyal Naval Divisionat the outbreak of the war, fromRoyal NavyandRoyal Marine reservists and volunteers, who were not needed for service at sea. The division fought at Antwerp in 1914 and at Gallipoli in 1915. In 1916, following many losses among the original naval volunteers, the division was transferred to theBritish Armyas the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division, re-using the number from the disbanded second-line63rd (2nd Northumbrian) DivisionTerritorial Force. As an Army formation, it fought on theWestern Frontfor the remainder of the war. Men of the Division were awarded 1,032 decorations, including three VCs. Describes their deeds at Antwerp, Gallipoli, Ancre, and Passchendaele, etc.

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