Second edition of Compulsory Service: A Study of the Question of the Light of Experience by General Sir Ian Hamilton.
Twelvemo, 212pp. Light green cloth, title in gilt on spine and stamped in blind on front cover. Stated “second edition” on title page. Light soiling to cloth, faint foxing to leafends. Transference to endpapers, solid text block, clean throughout. Bookplate remnant on front endpaper. Inscribed by General Sir Ian Hamilton on the front endpaper: “For Councillor Charles Wilson – From Ian Hamilton. Wednesday, December 16th ’42. / 1, Hyde Park Gardens: W.2.”
Sir Ian Hamilton (1853-1947) was a British Army General who served as Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in the Gallipoli Campaign. He was wounded in action at the Battle of Majuba during the First Boer War, leaving his hand permanently injured. He also served in the Second Boer War, the Russo-Japanese War and finally the First World War. His command of the Allied Expeditionary Force to Gallipoli in 1915, at the age of 62, was his final military command. His orders were to gain control of the Dardanelles from the Ottoman Empire, but his invasion stalled and resulted in nearly 70,000 Allied casualties. Hamilton returned to London and lived until 1947.