Captain R. J. Tipton: An Appreciation. With an account of his escape from Turkey in Asia during the world's great war, 1914-1918.
REYNOLDS, James P. (compiler).
[Liverpool: Sloane & Co., Ltd. 1918],
First Edition. octavo, tan cloth, stamped in black on front cover, all edges gilt. (36), 32, (4),pp. plus fourteen tipped-in plates. Sloane & Co., Ltd., Item #24144
Preface by the compiler. Memorial volume to Tipton who was attached to 40 Squadron, France, formerly 14 Squadron, Egypt. Includes "An Escape from Turkey in Asia, August-September, 1917" by Captain E. H. Keeling. This article was first printed in "Blackwood's Magazine" May, 1918. While serving in Egypt, Tipton was forced down and captured by the Turks. After fourteen months he escaped and eventually reached England. On 4 March he was posted to 40 Squadron and on 9 March he was mortally wounded in combat and died several days later. Signed and dated, "Oct 1918" by Tipton's mother, "from Mrs. Tipton." Accompanying the book is a typed letter, signed "Gwilym" from Gwilym Lewis to Jack Wales dated 30th May 1977. "You wrote me a splendid letter and were good enough to enclose the "Appreciation of 'tiny' Tipton". He really did have a magnetic personality which is almost unbelievable. This is so clearly reflected in my own letter and other letters written to his family at the time of his death. I am sure that somewhere along the line I must have myself received this book....Unfortunately I failed to make the lunch with Harold Balfour..." Included is the five page holograph "Appreciation" which, although unsigned and in a rough draft form with cross-outs and corrections, is obviously the tribute written by Jack Wales. Also included is a typed letter, signed "Kelly" from Kelly Wills dated 23 Jan. 1969 to Jack Wales. "The item in Kilduff's column was a bit misleading. I am not planning a complete history of No. 4 Sqn. I became interested in No. 40 Squadron while researching the Career of Adolf von Tutschek...Apparently Tutschek scrapped more than a little bit with the 1917 members of the No. 40 Sqn. and I am primarily interested in that portion of the unit's history. I have a copy of the Lorraine book but I have never heard of the Tipton book which sounds fascinating....I would like to borrow, or buy...or trade for the Tipton book....I would like a copy of the text relevant to No 40 Sqn. in any form if you do not wish to part with the book...." Cloth slightly dust soiled, upper right corner mildly bumped.