FERGUSON, David.

The History of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919.

Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington, N.Z., Melbourne and London: Whitcombe and Tombs Limited, 1921 Stock Code: 133376
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First edition, with about 10 additions and first hand snippets of events as witnessed by Captain A. Critchley Salmonson, recipient of the Distinguished Service Order. Some of the annotations provide more precision such as timing, meals, and taking credit for his own actions; others simply record how fellow soldiers died: "shot through the head next to me" (p. 21).

In 1914, German Samoa was seized by an ad hoc force of New Zealand troops, prompting the creation of a standing army: the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). Launched at Gallipoli in April 1915, the NZEF lost "2 000 men in the first fortnight of fighting. By the time of he evacuation, in December, they have a casualty rate of 87" (Perkins). In 1916, and after regrouping and reorganization, they were sent to France where they "suffered more appalling losses on the Western Front... The Division gains a brilliant fighting reputation, at grievous cost for a new country with such a small population". In 1921, the NZEF was officially disbanded.

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Description

Octavo. Original brown cloth, decorative blue and red stripes at head and foot, titles in black on spine and front board.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece and 17 other photographic plates, 25 maps all but one folding, some in colour.

Condition

Pencil ownership inscription of Capt. A. Critchley Salmonson with his annotations. Some wear and fraying to extremities, very occasional light browning; an excellent copy.

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