With the Guns 1914 - 1918 (Paperback)
A Subaltern’s Story
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Acquired at a local Cheshire auction house, several personal albums of WWI photographs taken by their previous gentleman owner, an officer in the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) called Harold Cooper Bebington. He was also a member of one of the early amateur photographic societies at his home town, hence explaining their excellent quality and his interest in taking them, although possibly against King’s Regulations! They relate to his training as an officer cadet initially from 1916 in England, working with horses and field gun limbers, his commissioning, and subsequent hospitalisation in England after wounding on the Western Front. Afterwards he was posted to the then new anti-aircraft artillery and returned in 1918 to the Front.rnAdditionally, there are period photographs of family and friends in uniform as they too went off to War, showing different regiments which make a superb uniform study to complement his story.rnThey show the “Home Front” aspects of army life covering officer training and medical care and recreation. The photographer himself is a classic example of the WWI British officer who saw service and is atypical of those who answered the call and as such is worthy of remembering by having his story told.
The photographer himself is a classic example of the WWI British officer who saw service and is atypical of those who answered the call and as such is worthy of remembering by having his story told.Pennant, Forces Pension Society
As featured on Miniaturas JM.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
The most amazing thing about these series of fantastic books from Pen and Sword is the sheer volume of photographs that have survived and, indeed, were taken at the time. Another superb volume from this brilliant publisher.Books Monthly, November 2016 – reviewed by Paul Norman
Readers should not expect battlefield images here; this is a very personal record of one man's wartime service, his family, friends and colleagues.The Great War Magazine, November 2016 - reviewed by Mark Marsay
Interesting collection. 7/10
'… fascinating book...'Cheshire Life Magazine
It is a very individual collection of pictures and they tell the story as recorded by one man, Harold Cooper Bebington. He died in 1978 but thankfully his photo albums have been saved and are now shared through this interesting new title in the Images of War series.Military Modelling, Robin Buckland
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Interesting and informative.....Craig Beech, late B.A.S.F