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War Loss Valuations manuscript ledger for C. H. Rugg & Co

War Loss Valuations manuscript ledger for C. H. Rugg & Co

WORLD WAR ONE

A manuscript ledger; small folio; original vellum boards, with hand written titles to front cover and spine.. The entries are dated from 20th Match 1917 to 26th July 1918. During the First World War C. H. Rugg & Co was the exclusive broker for the UK shipbuilding industry and acted as honorary broker to the Admiralty. In the War, the merchant service suffered heavy losses from German U-boat attacks. A policy of unrestricted warfare meant that merchant seafarers were at great risk. The tonnage lost to U-boats was around 7,759,090 tons, and 14,661 merchant seaman were killed. The ledger has over 200 hand written entries of ships lost while on war service. The entries record details of ships lost with details of valuations and the settlement paid to the owners. Entry No. 41 was for SS Rio Colorado, on 22 March 1917 the ship detonated a mine laid by the submarine SMU UC-50. The steamer had just reached the Tyne having crossed the Atlantic, on passage from Montevideo for Newcastle and had been approaching the mouth of the Tyne with her cargo of wheat, when she struck the mine amidships, blasting a hole in the side of the hull. Sea conditions were extremely rough at the time and she foundered in just 40 minutes. The chief officer, boatswain and two seamen drowned, whilst three firemen and the second engineer were lost and also presumed drowned. The unfortunate captain drowned while attempting to swim to safety. The ship was valued by Rugg & Co at £78,00 and eventually a settlement of £82,500 was paid to the owners Wm Petersen snd Co. of London. The offices of C.H. Rugg & Co in the Baltic Exchange were completely destroyed along with files going back 100 years by an IRA bomb on 10 April 1992. The one-ton bomb killed three people and wounded 91 others. Given the loss of the companies records this must be a rare survival and is a fascinating historical document. The boards are worn and dusty with use.


A Subaltern on the Somme in 1916

A Subaltern on the Somme in 1916

[Max Plowman] "Mark VII"

First edition, 8vo, original pictorial cloth boards and dust jacket. Regarded as a classic account of life in the trenches during World War I, Plowman evokes a deeply personal account of the Battle of the Somme, during which his own battalion in real life, the 10th West Yorkshires, suffered among the highest casualties loosing nigh on half their men in a single day. Wounded and sent home in 1917, Plowman went on to become a pacifist and conscientious objector and spent time in prison for his beliefs after the War. A very good copy with a small damp-stain to the upper edge of the rear end paper, browning to end papers. The very scarce dust jacket is toned to the spine, small tear upper edge lower panel and some damp-staining to the top edges.


These Men Thy Friends

These Men Thy Friends

THOMPSON, Edward

First edition, 8vo, original cloth boards and dust jacket. Signed presentation inscription from the author to front end paper. Thompson's novel is set on the Eastern Front, during the last eighteen months of the Mesopotamian campaign of the First World War which was fought between the Allies - a mixture of Australian, British and British Empire (mainly Indian) troops - and the Central Powers, mainly from the Ottoman Empire. Fictionalised, it bears some basis in his own experiences. Very good , light spotting to initial pages and to the edge of the text block. The very scarce dust jacket is near fine with just a little wear to the extremities.


A Comprehensive Archive of letters and photographs: January 1914 to August 1921

A Comprehensive Archive of letters and photographs: January 1914 to August 1921

WORLD WAR ONE: John Bostock RN

Two extensive albums of letters, photographs and documents, a unique archive from Cadet and later Midshipman and
Acting Lieutenant John Bostock R.N. The 270 manuscript letters cover his service as a cadet in the training cruiser HMS Cornwall during her cruises to the Mediterranean and in Home and Norwegian waters (January - July 1914); as a midshipman in HMS Cornwall during her deployment in the South Atlantic on patrol and shipping examination duties following the outbreak of war, including a full account of his ship's part in the sinking of the German cruiser Leipzig in the Battle of the Falkland Islands (August 1914 - January 1915); as a midshipman in HMS Warspite (5th Battle Squadron, Grand Fleet) including a long description of his experiences at the Battle of Jutland (June 1915 - June 1916); as a junior officer in HMS Medway (13th Destroyer Flotilla, Grand Fleet) including an account of the Heligoland Bight action of 17 November 1917 and of Armistice day celebrations (November 1917 - November 1918); and as a Lieutenant in the Mediterranean Fleet battleship HMS Ajax, with particular reference to her participation in the evacuation of White Russian forces and refugees from ports in the Black Sea and to the activities of the Nationalists in Turkey (January 1920 - January 1921). The description of the Battle of Jutland is particularly graphic. Warspite was hit fifteen times during the battle and he describes his part in rescuing sailors from a burning turret including warrant officer Walter Yeo, who became one of the first men to receive facial reconstruction via plastic surgery. A copy of these letters is held by the Imperial War Museum Department of Documents and were used by Peter Hart and Nigel Steel's book published in 2007, Jutland 1916: Death in the Grey Wastes. Bostock served again in the Second World War and among the documents is an invitation to a Royal Garden Party in 1950.



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