A Brief Record of The Advance of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force
under the Command of General Sir Edmund H. H. Allenby. July 1917 to October 1918. Compiled from Official Sources and Published by The Palestine News.Cairo: produced by the Government Press and Survey of Egypt, 1919 Stock Code: 108776
First edition, first impression, more commonly found in buff paper wrappers, O'Brien commenting that only "a few copies" were bound in cloth, scarce in this state. A "collaborator's copy" bearing the name of Corporal E. W. Grater on the official compliments slip pasted to the front free endpaper, which is signed by the editor Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Pirie-Gordon. Grater is not a common name but is most commonly found in Devon. A number of battalions of the Devonshire Regiment served in Egypt, in particular the 2/4th Battalion Territorial Force which saw a number of actions as part of 75th Division of the EEF. We have found that a Private Arthur William D. Grater was killed in action on the Western Front in late September 1918 while serving with the 1/5th Devonshires; he had served in the 2/4th Devonshires in the EEF, having transferred from India to Egypt, arriving on 27 October 1917 and employed on line of communication work until 13 December of that year, when the 2/4th joined the EEF as part of the 234th Brigade in the 75th Division. In August 1918 the unit was disbanded, so at some time between those dates Grater was sent to France, presumably "combed out" after the March 1918 German offensive put additional pressure on British units and extra troops were needed in Flanders.
A Brief Record is a thorough account of the advance of the EEF from July 1917 and the end of October 1918, containing many articles, two of which are by T. E. Lawrence (though unattributed) which, along with the reports in the Arab Bulletin and The Times, are Lawrence's first published accounts of the Arab campaign. The Preface states that this record was created so that "members of that Force may be able to take home with them an acceptable account of the great advance in which they played a part".
Quarto. Original sand-coloured cloth, spine lettered and decorated in black, front cover lettered in black, drab grey-green endpapers.
Linen-mounted photographic portrait frontispiece of Allenby (with facsimile signature), 56 coloured plates (complete: plate 1 explanation of symbols used & 55 campaign and operational maps).
Binding a little soiled and marked, some wear to extremities, inner hinges split but sound.
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