Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-18. Volume 3: The AIF in France, 1916
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1936 (fourth edition)/ 1929.
Octavo, xvi, 1036 pages 'with 475 illustrations and maps', comprising hundreds of small in-text maps and 5 full-page maps plus 78 plates, 4 colour maps (one of them double-page), and a very useful 6 pages of 'Colour Patches of the Australian Forces, 1914-1918' (after page 968).
Cloth a little flecked, lightly rubbed and slightly sunned on the spine; endpapers offset; an excellent copy.
This volume was presented to the Naval, Military and Air Force Club of South Australia in November 1965 by Lieutenant-Colonel S.H. Watson CBE DSO MC. It contains the Club's Fowler-Brownsworth Library plate inscribed with these details on the front pastedown, and the Club's stamp on the flyleaf (and although the latter states 'Not to be removed from Club Premises', this volume was deaccessioned when a complete set was later donated to the library). Stanley Holm Watson (1887-1985), railway engineer and soldier, 'reached Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. With lines established, Watson and several 2nd Australian Field Company sappers constructed the first pier at Anzac Cove: using a defused Turkish shell as a pile-driver, they completed the jetty on 18 June; it was named 'Watson's Pier'.... On 11 December Brigadier General (Sir) Brudenell White gave him responsibility for the lines covering the Anzac withdrawal on the nights of 18 and 19 December. On the 20th Watson sent the final signal ...; he then left by the last lighter' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). He is mentioned in the footnote on page 67 of this volume of Bean. Dornbusch 209 (the complete set) and 294 (Volume 3); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch often provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions.