Lindsay's War Letters Sept 1914 to Dec 1917 

The Letters tell the story of Lindsay joining the London Rifle Brigade, training in London in 1914, the journey to Southampton and embarkation for France. He describes the shock of a winter spent under canvas, training and the journey up to the Front at Ploegsteert. His Letters give a moving account of the Second Battle of Ypres, the death of his best friend in his arms and removal to hospital. He describes recuperation, marriage in London, and the award of a DCM for conspicuous gallantry. He returns to his Brigade, receives promotions, and transfers to the Somme to the Battle of Gommecourt where he is injured once again. His final letters are from the Isle of Wight.

Lindsay's War
a personal history Sep 1914 to May 1919

ISBN 9781527203143

 

This book is the unique history of one man's war. His captivating story is told through letters to his wife and brother from the trenches, hospitals and training camps. He survived the horrors of the Second Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Gommecourt on The Somme. He was gassed, his best friend died in his arms and he saw many of his brother soldiers die in the mud and water. He was decorated for conspicuous gallantry, promoted to officer in the field, invalided back to 'Blighty', and became a trench warfare instructor in the Pioneer School Reading and at Blackdown Camp.

 
Ready for War
Letters Sep 1914 to Feb 1915

ISBN 9781301307739

The First Volume of Letters by John Seymour Lindsay takes us from enlistment in the London Rifle Brigade, training in the City, to Southampton and embarkation for Le Havre. After training in France, Lindsay describes his journey to the Ploegsteert Sector in Belgium, working three days in a week at The Barricade and building the Front Line trenches. Each letter is accompanied by a full transcription.

 
Horror of War
Letters Feb 1915 to May 1915

ISBN 9781301448357

The Second Volume of Letters by John Seymour Lindsay takes us from his February 1915 journey to the trenches and The Barricade, injury and recuperation, his return to Ploegsteert and The Front, the horrors of trench and gas warfare, the Battle of St Julien in the Second Battle of Ypres, to his injury and visit to hospital in Rouen. Each letter is accompanied by a full transcription.

 
Back to War
Letters Jun 1915 to Oct 1915

ISBN 9781301429783

The Third Volume of Letters by John Seymour Lindsay takes us from the end of May to the end of October 1915. The Letters describe his release from Hospital and journey to London for a quick marriage, to training in Rouen, St Omer and Calais before moving up to the Belgium border and Cassel, Bourgbourg, Bergues, Wormhout and Watten, in preparation for a new excursion to The Front. Each letter is accompanied by a full transcription.

 
Hero at War
Letters Nov 1915 to Apr 1916

ISBN 9781301465125

The Fourth Volume of Letters by John Seymour Lindsay takes us from November 1915 to the end of April 1916 and plots his journey up to Poperinghe again via Cassel, Bergues, Gezaincourt and Magincourt sur Canche and his rapid promotions to Corporal, Lance Sgt and Sgt, and to the offer of a commission. In mid March the London Gazette published his Citation for gallantry with the award of his Distinguished Conduct Medal. Each letter is accompanied by a full transcription.

 
The Last Battle
Letters May 1916 to Dec 1917

ISBN 9781301809172

The Fifth Volume of Letters by John Seymour Lindsay takes us from the end of May 1916 to December 1917. From Bienvilliers to the presentation of his Distinguished Conduct Medal and Commission in the field, to the hell of the Battle of Gommecourt, hospitalisation, further training, heavy shelling resulting in his injury at Combles and final recuperation at Osborne House, Isle of Wight. Each letter is accompanied by a full transcription.

 
Top Secret - Operation Plan Neptune Part 1

ISBN 9781301471065

This Top Secret copy of Operation Neptune task force instructions is reproduced as a facsilile edition in five parts.

 

Part One​ contains Billeting of US troops, Task Organisation, Intelligence and Minesweeping Plans. Of huge interest to military historians and enthusiasts interested in the Channel crossing phase of Operation Overlord. SS Empire Anvil was part of the D-Day armada on 6 June 1944. Pippa's father, Marcus Geerts was 1st Mate on the ship and acquired this valuable ships document. 

 
Top Secret - Operation Plan Neptune Part 2

ISBN 9781301159635

This Top Secret copy of Operation Neptune task force instructions is reproduced as a facsilile edition in five parts.

 

Part Two​ contains the Movement Plan and Attack Landing Plan. Of huge interest to military historians and enthusiasts interested in the Channel crossing phase of Operation Overlord. SS Empire Anvil was part of the D-Day armada on 6 June 1944. Pippa's father, Marcus Geerts was 1st Mate on the ship and acquired this valuable ships document. 

 
Top Secret - Operation Plan Neptune Part 3

ISBN 9781301332342

This Top Secret copy of Operation Neptune task force instructions is reproduced as a facsilile edition in five parts.

 

Part Three​ contains Gunside Support Plan, Smoke Plan and Air Plan. Of huge interest to military historians and enthusiasts interested in the Channel crossing phase of Operation Overlord. SS Empire Anvil was part of the D-Day armada on 6 June 1944. Pippa's father, Marcus Geerts was 1st Mate on the ship and acquired this valuable ships document. 

 
Top Secret - Operation Plan Neptune Part 4

ISBN 9781301118755

This Top Secret copy of Operation Neptune task force instructions is reproduced as a facsilile edition in five parts.

 

Part Four​ contains the Communication Plan. Of huge interest to military historians and enthusiasts interested in the Channel crossing phase of Operation Overlord. SS Empire Anvil was part of the D-Day armada on 6 June 1944. Pippa's father, Marcus Geerts was 1st Mate on the ship and acquired this valuable ships document. 

 
Top Secret - Operation Plan Neptune Part 5

ISBN 9781301090686

This Top Secret copy of Operation Neptune task force instructions is reproduced as a facsilile edition in five parts.

 

Part Five​ contains the Logistics, Medical, Postponement and Administrative Plans together with the story of SS Empire Anvil. Of huge interest to military historians and enthusiasts interested in the Channel crossing phase of Operation Overlord. SS Empire Anvil was part of the D-Day armada on 6 June 1944. Pippa's father, Marcus Geerts was 1st Mate on the ship and acquired this valuable ships document. 

 
The Art of John Seymour Lindsay
The Cartoons

ISBN 9781301758524

John Seymour Lindsay was an extremely productive artist who as a youth produced a delightful series of cartoons on postcards using ink and colourwash. They are full of humour, often portraying himself with his friends. They fall into four subject areas: observations of his surrounding life, holiday adventures with friends, social issues of 1906 and courting his future wife, Mildred Ethel Williams.

 
The Art of John Seymour Lindsay
The Watercolours

ISBN 9781301762170

Throughout John Seymour Lindsay's artistic life, he used colourwash and watercolour to express his feelings for buildings, objects and landscapes. At all times, including his life in the Front Line trenches in the Great War, he carried the tools of his trade - pencils, pen and ink, blocks of paper and his precious watercolours. This book gives a view of the variety of styles he employed.

 
The Art of John Seymour Lindsay
The Sketches

ISBN 9781301541980

John Seymour Lindsay loved sketching at every opportunity. He carried with him at all times the tools of his trade - sketchbook and pencils. His subject matter was all encompassing - buildings, life studies, portraits, newspaper sketches, landscapes and still life. This book gives the reader a selection of these, in various media, and shows how he was always searching to improve his techniques.

 
The Art of John Seymour Lindsay
The Metal Sketches

ISBN 9781301018956

John Seymour Lindsay was a master of drawing metalwork. It is amazing how the flourish of his simple pencil could so faithfully portray the characteristics of beaten wrought metal. He had few if any equals in this particular medium and also knew his subject - ironwork. He had handled hundreds of pieces of wrought iron and other metal implements, understanding texture, patina and finish.

 
The Art of John Seymour Lindsay
The Building Sketches

ISBN 9781301998456

John Seymour Lindsay had an obsession with period buildings. Between 1906 and 1910 he travelled around southern England sketching country houses and buildings of antiquity. He was a master draughtsman with a great eye for perspective. During this time he finely tuned the art of using his pencil to draw out the character of a subject through great composition and clever use of light and shade.

 
The Art of John Seymour Lindsay
The Designs & Models

ISBN 9781301408337

John Seymour Lindsay worked with the great architects of the twentieth century and his crowning glories were designs for the Battle of Britain Chapel in Westminster Abbey, and reconstructions of the Kitchens of Hampton Court Palace, both of which are detailed in this book. Also, he was an inveterate model maker with huge skills constructing boats, theatres, engines, dolls houses and trains.

 
The Lindsay Memoirs
A Record of the Lisnacrieve and Belfast Branch of the Lindsay Family

 

In the Family Archives we found a manuscript typed in 1884 by two of Pippa's forebears - James Cuthbert Lindsay and James A Lindsay. It is a detailed history of the family from their removal from Ayrshire in 1670 to their settlement in County Tyrone at Lisnacrieve, and subsequent move to Belfast in 1822. The manuscript has been edited and designed by Paul to make it an accessible and valuable insight into the history of the Lindsays.

 
PATRICK LINDESAY: the Jacobite
Founded on his Letters
in the possession of
The Earl of Lindsay

 

In the Family Archives we found a Limited Edition (No. 92 out of a 100 and signed by the author) of a treatise on Patrick Lindesay: the Jacobite, written by A Francis Steuart and published in 1927.  It is a collection of fascinating letters from 1739 to 1746 detailing the events leading up to Patrick's execution on 21st October 1746 on the 'Capon Tree' at Brampton, near Carlisle.

 
School of the Black and Red
A History of Bedford Modern School

 

Andrew Underwood with

Peter Boon Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman

School of the Black and Red is a History of Bedford Modern School from the Harpur endowment in 1566 through its 1764 foundation as the Writing School, and its move to Manton Heights and co-education in 2003.

 
The BMS we Knew - A Book of Memories

Recollections of School Life between 1930 and 1974 from pupils and staff at Bedford Modern School in Harpur Street, Bedford

 

Peter Boon Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman

The BMS we Knew is a scrapbook of incidents, anecdotes and photographs from pupils and staff, which will strike a chord in all our memories of the old school site in Harpur Street. It will evoke all kinds of half-forgotten experiences, from the itch of school collars, the agonies of the Long Swim and steeplechases, to the delights of the Tuck Shop.

 
Bedford 50 Years Ago
The Architecture of a Country Town

 

Victor Farrar with Peter Boon Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman

Bedford 50 Years Ago is based on a thesis written in 1957 by the late Victor Farrar, when he was qualifying as an architect. He was keen to show that Bedford possessed many fine buildings which grew out of the town's historical development. Victor identified and deplored the threat of 'architectural hooliganism' which he feared would destroy parts of this heritage. Valuable insights are provided into the architecture of the county town half a century ago, enhanced by the author's previously unpublished photographs.

 
I've been there
50 Tips on coping with lymphoma

 

This book is a very personal guide to coping with cancer. Paul became ill around Christmas 2010 and has had a running battle with the disease ever since. The 50 Tips may give hope to fellow sufferers and their partners. Paul has a practical approach which he and Pippa have tried to live by during the last few years.

 
My Life at Sea

ISBN 97813010230676

In his autobiography, Marcus Geerts, Master Mariner, eloquently describes his love of the sea, his upbringing in South Africa, joining a training ship at 13, followed by a Merchant Navy career sailing throughout the world, being part of Convoy PQ2 to Archangel where he was iced in, joining Task Force 'O' for Operation Neptune on D-Day and completing 50 round trips to pick up and disembark troops.​

 

He served in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres of war and was awarded the Arctic Star and lapel badge for his Russian exploits in the Arctic. Marcus Geerts was Pippa's father.

 

179 pages 70,300 words with photographs

 
Coming Home

ISBN 9781301332663

Mildred Lindsay wrote this novel between 1919 and 1921. The tale describes the lives of a section of south English society recovering from the ravages of war. She drew on her own experiences as her husband John Seymour Lindsay DCM was sixteen months in the Front Line trenches, and wounded at the Second Battle of Ypres.​

 

The story revolves around familiarity with a country parsonage in Devon and life in a London flat. Mildred Ethel Lindsay was Pippa's maternal grandmother.

 

33,500 words

 
Stevington The Natural History of a Bedfordshire Parish
new edition May 2017

Paul contributed the layout and design to this stunning visual record. This was published in November 2015 and is a truly modern version of Gilbert White's classic Natural History. The book is full of stunning photographs and drawings by local professionals and is a complete flora and fauna analysis of an English parish over an 8 year period.

 

The Natural History is 344 pages with over 550 full colour photographs,

drawings, maps and charts

 

The book may be ordered from janetday51@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

The cost is £27.50 plus postage

 

1938 Travels in France and Geneva

The Journal of Mildred Ethel Lindsay

 

Mildred Lindsay was 58 years old and her daughter Margaret 17, when Margaret was invited to stay with the Comte and Comtesse Cibein in their chateau near Lyons in order to improve her French.

 

The trip was organised by Mildred’s French friends Mr and Mrs de Guingand who lived close by in Croydon. Mildred decided to go on a tour of eastern and southern France during that April of 1938, and it is her Journal that is reproduced here in this booklet.

Her words paint a picture of life in this part of France during the year preceding the beginning of the Second World War.

15,000 words

 
Beating the Drum
50 Tips to improve your playing experience

 

Beating the Drum is the second booklet in the 50 Tips series.

 

The Tips are a helpful guide to playing the bodhran practising at home, in a session and in performance.

 

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