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HUTCHISON, Graham Seton.

Gordon and The Gordon Boys:

Charles George Gordon - The Man; The Gordon Boys' School - 1885-1945. With a Foreword by General Sir Ian Hamilton.

Woking: The Gordon Boys' School (printed at the Fanfare Press, London), 1944 Stock Code: 141743
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First and limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by the author and specially bound; inevitably extremely uncommon and represented but thinly among institutional libraries; with an additional presentation inscription on the front free endpaper from the author to his son, "James Graham Pinney Hutchison from Dad, Christmas 1944"; the recipient "entered the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to Trinidad in 1947. As a civilian he embraced pathology and trained at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, before moving to a lecturership in bacteriology at the Western Infirmary Glasgow in 1957 He was a devoted academic" (BMJ obituary, 26 September 2016, retrieved 25 June 2020).

Gordon School, as it now is, was founded by public subscription in 1885 as a national memorial to Gordon of Khartoum. Produced by the Fanfare Press this is, despite wartime conditions, an attractive volume. Much of the book is taken up with a biography of Gordon, which is followed by a history of the school, with a brief message by Field Marshal Montgomery (dated 10 October 1944, from "the grim battlefield in Holland"). Sir Ian Hamilton's foreword concludes with his 7-stanza poem "Gordon", which is rather in the manner of Kipling. The author, Graham Seton Hutchison (1890-1946) won the DSO and MC while serving on the Western Front with the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He made an important contribution to the tactical use of the machine gun and wrote a history of the Machine Gun Corps (1938). During the inter-war years he was a familiar if somewhat eccentric figure on the fringes of right-wing politics, and post-war an equally unconventional supporter of Scottish nationalism.

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Square octavo. Original moderate blue cloth, gilt-lettered front cover.


Monochrome illustrations throughout; colour reproduction of an original painting of a Gordon Boy mounted on pastedowns.


A few light abrasions to covers. A very good copy.


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