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MEAGHER, Norman.

With the Fortieth.

40th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force Abroad. With an Appreciation by His Honour Mr. Justice Ewing, Tasmania.

Published: Hobart, Tasmania: Privately printed for Mr. and Mrs. Meagher by Davies Brothers, Ltd., 1918

Stock code: 87548

Price: £650

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First and only edition, inscribed by the author’s father on the half title, “W. C. G. Miller from D. Meagher”. This rare memorial volume comprises substantial excerpts from the perceptive and highly literary letters of Lieutenant Norman Meagher, who served with Australia’s 40th Battalion, the only all–Tasmanian battalion to fight with the AIF during the First World War. Meagher embarked for Europe in July 1916 and served on the Western Front in France and Belgium. He was killed in action at the Battle of Broodseind on October 4, 1917, while taking part in the heroic rush that captured the strategic Tyne Cot area. Rare, OCLC records 16 institutional copies, most in Australia, and this is the only copy we have seen in commerce.

Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to upper board in white. Frontispiece and 5 plates. Minor crease to corner of upper board, a few small marks to cloth, a little spotting to contents. An excellent copy.

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