Andrews, William Linton ~ Haunting Years – The Commentaries of a War Territorial ; Signed By The Author And With The Very Scarce Pictorial Wrapper
Hutchinson, London : 1930 (nd)
The First UK printing published by Hutchinson, London in 1930 (nd). The BOOK is in Very Good++ condition with light pushing to the spine ends. A hint of fading to the spine and the upper covers. Mild offsetting to the end-papers with mild spotting and toning to the text-block. The pages remain clean. The scarce WRAPPER is complete and is in Very Good++ condition. Mild edge wear to the spine ends and corners. A few nicks and rubs. The pictorial artwork looks very striking in the removable Brodart archival cover. The book has been signed in the year of publication by the author to the front blank end-paper : 'Written to honour our comrades, William Linton Andrews, 25-4-30'. William Linton Andrews, a Yorkshire man living and working in Dundee, was News Editor of the 'Morning Dundee Advertiser' when war broke out. Within a couple of days he was one of a crowd swarming outside the local recruiting office trying to enlist, and when he finally succeeded a few days later he discovered he was not the regular soldier he aspired to be but a Territorial. He tried to transfer but gave up when a dozen or so of his colleagues from the paper marched in and joined him in the 1/4th Black Watch. On 26th February 1915 the battalion arrived in France and joined the Bareilly Brigade of the 7th (Meerut) Division in the Indian Corps and within a few days the battalion was in action at Neuve Chapelle, the first British offensive of the war. For nearly three years Linton served in the trenches, rising to the rank of sergeant, and when he went home in mid-January 1918 to attend an officers training course, he was one of the very few men, possibly the only one, who had been with the battalion all the time. Festubert, Loos, the Somme and Third Ypres - Andrews was in them all and survived them all. As a journalist he has a eye for detail and a facility with the pen that tells a wonderful story. 'Andrews went on to become president of the 'Guild of British Newspaper Editors'. He was also a founder member of the Press Council, and served as its Chairman between 1955–1959. Andrews was knighted in 1954'.(Wiki). Very scarce with such attributes.
CONDITION: Very Good++
JACKET: Very Good++