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Eton College Chronicle - (ETON COLLEGE.) - 1914. 
Eton: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd.,, 1914?27. 4 volumes, tall quarto (332 Ã 208 mm). Contemporary pale blue cloth, title gilt to spines, college badge gilt to the front boards, edges sprinkled red. Cloth somewhat rubbed and a little soiled, with a touch of damping at the lower fore-corners, pale toning to the text. First editions. A decidedly uncommon, and extremely useful source of reference. The volumes comprise of an unbroken run of the chronicles from 24 September 1914 to 25 June 1927 covering the years of the First World War and its immediate aftermath, and offering an invaluable resource for detailed biographies of fallen OEs. A photocopy of a typed index for these obituaries is loosely inserted into the first volume; "During the four-odd years of what is still referred to as the Great War, an entire year of Etonians died, mostly ? in the Flanders mud; and another year were wounded - figures which bring their death rate to the levels endured by Highland Regiments, or by the hapless imperial contingents drafted from India for death near Ypres. Old Etonians won 13 V.C.s, 548 D.S.O.s, and a heart-stopping 744 Military Crosses. There were no less than 31 Old Etonian generals" (Fraser, The Importance of Being Eton).
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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