NEVILL, Hugh Lewis
Campaigns on the North-West Frontier.
First edition, first impression of this valuable history from the annexation of the Punjab in 1849 to the Zakha Khel expedition of 1908, with a preface by Lord Roberts (“Captain Nevill’s history is particularly valuable to soldiers; and I can cordially recommend it”); this copy suitably inscribed “John H. Hay, Capt. 1/5 R[oyal] West Kent Rgt. Banian, June 1916” on the front free endpaper. The 1/5th Batallion of the Royal West Kent Regiment sailed to India on 30 October 1914, serving in a number of units before moving to Mesopotamia in December 1917 and joining the 54th Brigade in 18th (Indian) Division. Banian is a town in the Battagram district of what is now the Khyber Pakhtunwa, then the North West Frontier Province. Review chapters accompany detailed accounts of minor expeditions and more familiar campaigns including Ambela, Chitral, Malakand and Tirah. Nevill was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1897 and served with distinction in South Africa (mentioned in despatches September 1901 and receiving the Queen’s Medal with four clasps). In 1914 he went to France as Captain in his Field Battery, serving in the Retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Aisne; promoted Major in October, he went out to Gallipoli on 7 July 1915 and was killed a month later (angloboerwar.com, online).
Octavo. Original red cloth skilfully refurbished, titles gilt to spine and within twin blind rules to front board in blind, top edge gilt. 6 photographic plates, 5 folding maps in partial colour loose in pocket to rear as issued, 9 sketch-maps and 27 troop tables to the text. Upper outer corner of front board very lightly bumped, the faintest of spotting to prelims. An excellent copy with the folding maps particularly well-preserved.
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