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NEW PICTURE BOOK COMMEMORATES THE SERVICE OF HAC MEMBERS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR



Reflections of a Regiment: the Honourable Artillery Company and the Great War in Pictures
 
Editors  Justine Taylor & Ian Denning ● Foreword  General Sir Richard Barrons ● Preface  Professor Sir Hew Strachan

This handsome new photography book, showcasing the HAC’s collections and highlighting its contribution to the Great War, has been jointly published by the HAC and Third Millennium. Priced at £35 (excluding postage and packing) Order direct from Third Millennium by calling +44 (0)207 336 0144 or by going to www.tmiltd.com/hac HAC members may pay for  and pick up a copy from Armoury House or order direct from Cristina Kennedy in the Company Office by calling +44 (0)207 382 1537 or by emailing hac@hac.org.uk.

A key centenary project to commemorate service of HAC members in the Great War, this publication’s extensive illustrations have been principally drawn from the HAC’s photographic archives, supplemented by reproductions of items from other treasured collections. Making use of a striking set of images, the editors hope to give the book’s readers a varied view of the war as experienced by a unique body of, for the most part, volunteer reserve soldiers. The aim is to reveal and reflect upon the contribution of an historic regiment and to portray the cast of characters that comprised its membership. Nearly 13,000 men served, around 4,000 members were commissioned into other units and over 1,600 members died serving either in HAC units, or as members serving with other units of the armed forces.

Two-volume 'pocket' guide to HAC graves and memorials 1900 to 1923 entitled Remembered with Honour

Please see the order form for further information. This small two-volume publication lists the names and graves and memorials of HAC members (and men known to have attached to HAC units) who were casualties of the First World War and several other conflicts. The graves and memorials are to be found in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries and a number of other burial grounds. Book I covers France and Book II covers the rest of the world. Simple country sketch maps and a name index have also been included. If you are researching a member who served in the First World War, see our guide for researchers.

Members to 1908

For earlier members who joined the Company up to and including 31 March 1908, we have a substantial two-volume publication, entitled The Cardew-Rendle Roll. This provides biographical information on all those known to have been admitted to the HAC between its earliest times and its integration into the Territorial Force in 1908.  

A Select Bibliography provides a list of some key publications to aid your research into the history of the HAC.

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THE LUCKY MARTINS by John Prest



Two young brothers, Fletcher and Wilfred Martin, were drafted to the front to join the 1st Battalion in April 1915. Together they sent home 89 letters and cards between April and November 1917 and survived the war. Their experiences are now vividly presented in The Lucky Martins by their nephew, John Prest (adm. 2011), an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
 
This nicely produced and privately printed publication is now available direct from the author at the price of £10 (including postage and packing). If you would like to buy a copy, please send a cheque for £10 to John Prest at 8 Church Road, Wheatley, Oxford OX33 1NB; you can also contact him by email on johnprest@btinternet.com. He will kindly be donating any profits to the HAC Archives Fund.  
 
“We’ve been most extraordinarily lucky in getting home together, twice; it seems almost impossible…looking back on what we’ve been through. People must think we are having a cushy time of it, well away from the real thing! If they could have been with us just for one single half-hour on some of our stunts, especially the ones at night!!!” Fletcher Martin to his sister Dorothy, 27 April 1917.



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