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CRUM, Frederick Maurice.

Memoirs of a Rifleman Scout. Parts I to IV.

Stirling, A. Learmonth & Son, "Journal" Office, 1950 Stock Code: 140220
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First and only edition of this uncommon privately published memoir, an online search of institutional libraries showing just six locations: Scotland, Oxford, Plas Newydd, Calgary, Guelph, and National Library of South Africa.

Memoirs of a Rifleman Scout opens with Crum's service in the Second Boer War with the 1st Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. At the battle of Talana Hill (20 October 1899) he was wounded and taken prisoner, but escaped and joined 25th Mounted Infantry. In the First World War he served with 8th KRRC (K1) on the Western Front (1915-16), including the severe fighting at Hooge on 30 July 1915. In May 1916 Crum founded the Sniping School at Acq, succeeding in establishing a standard syllabus for all of the Army's schools and writing the first official pamphlet on the subject - SS 195 Scouting and Patrolling - which was issued in December 1917. Despite his important pioneering work in the field, Crum has never received the same recognition as Hesketh-Prichard (see Martin Pegler, Out of Nowhere: A History of the Military Sniper, from the Sharpshooter to Afghanistan, 2011).

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Octavo. Original sand-brown cloth spine, cream paper-covered printed boards.


Numerous illustrations from photographs to the text, some full-page, also some small sketch-maps and plans.


Neat ownership inscription to front pastedown. The very slightest shelfwear. A very smart copy, remarkably well preserved.


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