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ID: 2382
Francis and Riversdale Grenfell: A Memoir


London Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd.

Second edition; 8vo; original boards; eight black and white photographs. A memoir of twin brothers who were both killed in 1915. They were educated at Eton College leaving in 1899 to pursue their separate careers - Francis as a soldier whilst Riversdale, became a banker. Before the War, Riversdale trained with Bucks Hussars and at the outbreak of war transferred to the 9th Lancers to join his brother. They embarked for France in August 1914 arriving near Mons. Three days later was to be the first day of the retreat from Mons. Francis offered to lead a volunteer group of officers and men to assist a field battery remove their guns under heavy fire, during which time he was wounded. For his action in organizing the saving of the guns and for his earlier bravery against the German machine guns he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Whilst Francis was recovering from his wounds in England, his brother was killed. He was buried in the cemetery at Vendresse. In October 1914 Francis returned to France and was wounded again and returned to England. He had been deeply affected by the death of his brother and many of their friends and before leaving for France again gave a small dinner party in London. The guests included Winston Churchill and John Buchaty. In April 1915 the regiment was involved in the Second Battle of Ypres where gas was used for the first time on the Western Front. During the battle on May 24th Francis was shot and died shortly afterwards. He was buried at Vlamertinghe. The twins are commemorated at Canterbury Cathedral and on a stained glass window at Beaconsfield parish church. Very good, pp231/232 with piece torn away from the edge with loss of text to seven lines on each page. Price £35.00

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