342-356 Wickham St., Valley, Brisbane, Queensland. 9th Battalion Association, 1941. First Edition. Octavo (215 x 135 mm.),  300 pp. , ill, 26 plates, 29 maps including 2 folded, glossary, index, original cloth coverd boards with colour patch on top board.
Surface insect damage particularly to spine, slight soiling to boards, head and foot of spine are a little tender, corners slightly abraided. Pencil ownership inscription, "J. Phipps" and bookseller sticker on front paste down. 2cm tear at foot of gutter of half-title page. Minor foxing in first gatherings and outer edges of text block. Occasional fox mark elsewhere. Loosley inserted at p.110 a torn Christmas Card. Very Good. Item #765
A scarce title. The original 9th Battalion was one of the first infantry units raised for the AIF during World War I and one of twelve battalions that landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915. Battle honours included Egypt, Pozieres, Ypres, Passchendaele, Bullecourt, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Suvla and Amiens. Private John Leak won the battalion's only Victoria Cross at Pozieres.
The loosely inserted card marks the page that records the death in action of Sergeant Major George Thomas Phipps on April 20th, 2016, during heavy shelling at Rouge de Bout. Phipps was the son of James Henry and Emily Phipps and nephew of George Henry Blocksidge, founder of Brisbane's Blocksidge Real Estate.
Provenance: The Phipps Family of East Brisbane.