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Card from 2nd Lt Albert Brainerd Raynes

Raynes Albert Brainerd
The last communication home from Brainerd, the day before he was killed in action. Editor's Comment: Second Lieutenant Albert Brainerd Raynes, Royal Sussex Regiment, attached 2nd Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment, was killed in action on 10th March 1915, aged 20. The son of Albert Edward and Alice Mary Raynes, of 201, Denman St., Nottingham, he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial. Lieutenant Raynes fell on the opening day of the battle of Neuve Chapelle,...

Notes for a Short Course of Scouting

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Notebook on various duties and operations related to D Coy, 3rd Battalion of the Royal Sussex. Notes in Edmund Blunden's hand. He used this book when he was teaching a course for the regiment in 1918. The book contains descriptions of actual patrols and includes related maps. Some of these are dated. This page shows an unidentified map in red and black ink, possibly of the line near Grandcourt.

The Hydra: 28th April 1917

Various
Photograph of Craiglockhart War Hospital / 'The Hydra' Table of Contents.

Postcards from Training Camps. (2)

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The pictures on the postcards often did not match where they were sent from. Here Walter sent his mother cards while he was on training before going to France. One from Sevenoaks in Kent bears pictures of Fleetwood, Lancs. The post mark dates are very clear.

Notebook (Dec 1916 - Jan 1917)

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Notebook belonging to Edmund Blunden containing notes on 11th Royal Sussex's duties upon arrival to the Ypres sector. Details field and trench works to be carried out by the battalion, as well as instructions, communications, sketch maps and patrol reports. This page shows a note written and signed by someone other than Blunden.

Over the Sacks

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This 'story' offers an account of the opening days of 3rd Ypres, in Edmund Blunden hands. It was written shortly after the experience, and can be compared to 'The Crash of the Pillars' section of the memoir 'Undertones of War' (1928). This page discusses what happened when the signalling section went 'over the top' on 31 July 1917.

Photograph of C.S.M John Cummings. 10/11 btn H.L.I. (32)

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John Cummings left the army in 1890,served in the South African Constabulary and then rejoined the British Army at the outbreak of war. Sadly as a Company Sgt. Major (11 Bt. HLI) he was killed on 18th June 1916 Letter to wife John Cummings Grave registration Grave Cpl.Cummings Photo. Officers and Sgt. 11th HLI. John is possibly the Sgt. front row far left Death report Notification of cemetery Post death notification of Mention in Despatches...

The Crash of Pillars

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Typescript of Chapter XXI entitled 'The Crash of Pillars' from 'Undertones of War' (1928). Corrections and additions in ink in Edmund Blunden's hand. The chapter details his experiences over the course of the first day of the battle of Passchendaele during the month of June 1917.

Bible found on battlefield (1)

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My father picked this Bible up on the Battlefield. Thomas Strickland was in the 6th Bn. Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment. I think the Bible used to have the name of a Canadian soldier on the inside cover. Editor's Comment: New Testament given out by the 'Pocket Testament League'. Name pencilled into front cover, but illegible.

The Sketchbook of Percy Matthews (8)

Matthews Percy
Percy Matthews trained at the Ramsgate School of Art. During World War I Percy served on the Western Front as a Private in the Kentish Buffs, and later in Salonika as a Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment. It was in Salonika that he produced his remarkable sketches of scenes and characters from military and civilian life. His son Peter donated these sketches to the Imperial War Museum in 2007, which now holds the copyright on...

Campaign photographs by Frederick Parson Dickerson (30)

Dickerson Frederick Parson
Frederick Dickerson was in the Royal Army Service Corps.

It Rains

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This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'It Rains' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems

Reunion

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Drafted in June-July 1917 at Craiglockhart, revised there in October-November 1917 or at Scarborough in November 1917-January 1918. This is no. 132 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.

Letter: To Edward Marsh

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Thanks Edward Marsh for comments on Robert Graves' verses / notes on volume 'Over the Brazier' / likelihood that leave will be canceled / the German dead / celebrating St. David's Day.

London and North Western Railway Roll of Honour (5)

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Book: 'Roll of Honour | London and North Western Railway Who Lost Their Lives Whilst Serving with his Majesty's Forces during the Great War 1914-19'. Includes roll of honour; commemorative page with William Henry Parry's name inscribed; view of Euston War Memorial; details of Victoria Crosses won; Drawing of Medals awarded to railwaymen. From family effects of Lance Corporal 838 William Henry Parry, 1st/6th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was killed in action 23rd August 1915,...

The Hydra: 26th May 1917

Various
Advertisements for Edinburgh purveyors of musical instruments and hair balm.

Photographs of Private Albert George Reed M.M.

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Brother of Caroline Austin, brother-in-law of Thomas Richard Austin. He served with the Leicestershire Regiment, and was awarded Military Medal. Killed July 5th 1917, he is buried at Metz-en Couture Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais. My grandmother's brother, to whom she sent a card of her and her two children, which was returned with his effects. He is so handsome, cocky, full of life! In the group photo I think it is he, near the...

Welsh valour is honoured

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Newspaper report [Western Mail 13th July 1987 by Peter Jones, photographs by Andrew Davies] on the ceremony to dedicate The Mametz Wood Memorial to The 38th (Welsh) Division, on 11th July 1987. The Welsh Dragon Memorial commemorates the attacks on Mametz wood by the Welsh battalions in the period 7th to 12th July 1916, (during the Battle of the Somme).

Sunrise

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Drafted in France in early May 1917, revised January-February 1918. This is no. 140 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.

Sunrise

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Drafted in France in early May 1917, revised January-February 1918. This is no. 140 in ed. 'The Complete Poems and Fragments'.

Letters from Private Grattan Atkins (17)

Atkins John C Grattan
A diary kept by Grattan Atkins from 1st January 1915 to 10th September 1915 (when he was shot, with a few subsequent pages on his hospitalization), is also kept by the family. Editor's Comment: Letters to mother and father, sent between 15th March 1915 and 3rd August 1915, also page from diary. Pte. 2301 John C. Grattan Atkins, 1/23rd Bn. (County of London) Bn., Territorial Force (London Regiment), served for a time in the battalion's...

Details of rations

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Handwritten details of food rations. Headings include "Standard ration", "Supper ration", "Substitutes for", and "Extra issues" (for men on heavy labour). Part of a collection relating to William Dugdall of the Royal Navy, Victualling Officer on board HMS Hannibal.

The Hydra: 21st July 1917

Various
Editorial asking for contributions / offering prizes for best piece of verse and short story / 'New and Notes' on gardening / poultry keeping / billiards / cricket.

The Hydra: 29th September 1917

Various
Contains photograph of and advertisement for an Edinburgh photographer.

Letter: To Helen Thomas.

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Discusses potential for leave or immediate deployment / upcoming examination / performance at firing / Bronwen's health / desire to come home on Sunday with a friend / Helen Thomas' eggs.

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