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BOOK ADVENTURE - SIGNED BY LORD MOTTISTONE

The book ‘Adventure’ was published in 1930 by William Heineman, London and was reprinted many times after. An introduction was written by The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Birkenhead. The book gives an account of Major-General J.E.B. Seely (Late Lord Mottistone) life and service during the First World War.


The book was signed by the words:


“To my comrade in arms in France and Belgium from 1915 to 1918 with every good wish from”


Mottistone


Mottistone Manor

Christmas 1933.


With the book came to a picture of Lt. General SirEdwin Alderson which was inscribed on the back in pencil with his name and the words “Mounted Infantry in S. Africa Boer War 1900 –1902” and the phrase: “Having commanded the Mounted Infantry with the Cavalry Division changed the war.”


We found a second Lieutenant with the name Arthur James Bartram Kiddell who was mentioned on the officers roll of the 2ndKing Edwards Horse. Arthur Kiddell previous had served with the Northumberland Fusiliers where he was a Lance Corporal and was later commissioned as a 2ndLieutenantin the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1939, Kiddell was an Auctioneer & Art Expert Manager of Sotheby’s auction house.


ORIGINAL LETTER FROM MAJOR GENERAL CHARLES GEORGE GORDON


The letter was addressed to Charles Inman Bernard who was an editor van de New YorkHarrald. Mr Bernard had sent Gordon a letter to which this letter was replied:

My dear Bernard. Thanks for your letter 8 April. I had heard before I had left Egypt that there was an endeavour to get the cadastral under Colvin but thought they would have exchanged letters of it. However as general (?) got us pay for the extra work they an (?) to make a map of it it is not to be regretted: ere many months, the present status in Egypt will be greatly altered. The Turkish Empire will move in 1881 and I am mistaken if they see (?) more than six months. I was glad to hear from you. Give my kind regards to all my friends.

Yours sincerely,

C.G. Gordon (Signature)

C. Bernard Cairo


The letter was sent to Cairo, Egypt, where Mr Bernard was residing. In his response, Gordon mentioned the name Colvin, who is most likely Sir Auckland Colvin. Colvin had been holding many secretaryship’s in the Indian Civil Service and was appointed to the International Commission for Egyptian ‘Debt’Liquidation in 1880 by which he replaced Sir Evelyn Baring. Later that year he succeeded Major Baring as English controller of Egyptian finance. Charles Inman Bernard became later the New York Tribune Correspondent in Paris and was elected president of the Association of the Foreign Press in Paris and held the position as Chairman in the Havard Club in Paris and author of the book Camilla, and Paris War Days. Bernard was later decorated with the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.


MEDAL RELATED TO WILLIAM HYDE EAGLESON GORDON - 8TH GORDON HIGHLANDERS

WAR MEDAL TO CPL JOHN WOOD

Private John Wood enlisted with 8th (Service) Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders. The battalion was formed at Aberdeen in August 1914 as part of K1 and came under orders of 26th Brigade in 9th (Scottish) Division. Private Wood most likely got his training at Aldershot, where the battalion was stationed and went from there to Bordon in February 1915. He landed with the battalion at Boulogne (Fr) on 10th of May 1915.


When Cpl Wood was transferred to the 9th Gordon Highlanders is unknown, but it must have been after July 1915, because of the 9th Gordon Highlanders, only than landed in France. We also know that he must have transferred later to the 5th battalion prior to January 1916, because the name 5th Bn was only known until January 1916

On the morning of 13 November 1916, before going over the top to attack the German positions, an eighteen-year-old British soldier wrote his will in his pay book. Private John Wood was born into a fishing family, in Portlethen, Kincardineshire, but at the outbreak of war, it was the army that he joined, along with many other men of this coastal community. Wood and about 60 other ranks of the 1/5th Battalion were lost that day, alongside 6 officers.

MEDAL RELATED TO WILLIAM HYDE EAGLESON GORDON - 8TH GORDON HIGHLANDERS

1914-15 STAR TO PRIVATE A. DRYBURCH

Private A. Dryburch disembarked with the 8th (Service) Battalion Gordon Highlanders on the 10th of May 1915 in France. He served with the regiment till 3 April 1919. He is possibly the brother of Serjeant J. Dryburch who was with the same regiment and battalion killed in action on 30 May 1916, both men's serial number is sequential. Serjeant J. Dryburch is buried at Vermelles Military Cemetery and was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Dryburgh.


MEDAL GROUP RELATED TO EDMUND ROBERT AARON GORDON - 7TH SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS

MEDALGROUP TO JOHN SCOTT

MEDAL RELATED TO WILLIAM EAGLESON GORDON VC - 1ST GORDON HIGHLANDERS

1914 STAR TO

Private John Hills enlisted with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders on the outbreak of the war under the command of Lt. Col. Neish and second in command Bt. Col W.E. Gordon. He landed on 13 august 1914 in France and suffered the same faith as 500 of his comrades during the battle at Le Cateau where he became a prisoner of war.


John Hills was born on 9 May 1892 as the first son and second child of Charles Hills and Susan Dick. He had two older and two younger sisters. His older sister Susan was born in Ireland, while the rest of the family was born in Edinburgh. John received in 1897 his younger brother Robert and two years later his second brother. He studied at Latchmere School in Edinburgh and admission on 10 January 1898.


John got enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders and was incorporated in C Company when the battalion left for France. From 19 December 1914 till 26 February 1916 he was registered as a prisoner at Sennelager in Münster on the outskirts of Paderborn. 


On 3 January 1917, John was registered as a prisoner at Königsbrück in Dresden. It is believed that Private Hills survived the war and returned to England.

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