Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-18. Volume 2: The Story of Anzac. From 4 May 1915 to the Evacuation
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1924 [first edition].
Octavo, xviii, 975 pages 'with 524 illustrations and maps', comprising hundreds of small in-text maps and a full-page map plus 99 plates and 27 colour maps (2 of them double-page).
Cloth lightly marked and rubbed at the extremities; top edge a little foxed; endpapers offset; ballpoint pen emphases in the margins of approximately a dozen pages; 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). See pages 354 and 896 in this volume of Bean for further details of these significant events. Dornbusch 209 (the complete set), 353 (Volumes 1-2); 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.