Book Auction 23 August

The John Laffin Memorial Fund (JLMF) is once again the beneficiary of the generosity of Craig Laffin and his family. Craig has donated a collection of books from the professional library of his father, the late John Laffin. These books include soldiers’ stories and humour, unit stories, battles and campaigns as well as official histories and reference sources.  They will be auctioned over the coming months on line through eBay, with profits from the sales going to the JLMF.

The first ‘lot’ of books, listed below, will be auctioned on eBay from Saturday 15 August with final bidding taking place on Sunday 23 August.

Forty Days in 1914
Major-General Sir F Maurice
Published by Constable, London. 2nd Edition. 1925

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Eye-witness’s Narrative of the War: From the Marne to Neuve Chappelle – September 1914 – March 1915
General Headquarters Press Bureau
Published by Edward Arnold, London. 1915

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Somme Battle Stories
Recorded by Captain A. J. Dawson and Illustrated by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London. 1916

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The Battles of the Somme
Philip Gibbs
Published by Heinemann. 1917

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If you are interested in bidding on any of these books click here to visit the auction ‘house’ and see how eBay works, and search for the books on or after Saturday 15 August when they come up for auction.


The Families and Friends of the First AIF applauds the joint Australian–UK decision, announced by The Hon Greg Combet AM MP and the Hon Kevan Jones MP, to conduct a full DNA testing program on the remains of Australian and British soldiers found in mass graves at Pheasant Wood (Fromelles), and for their continuing commitment to identify as many of the fallen as is possible. We also thank the Australian, UK and French governments for affording dignified individual reburials for these soldiers, buried by German soldiers following the Battle of Fromelles on 19/20 July 1916, in the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery presently under construction at Fromelles.

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