The Wipers Times, A Facsimile reprint of the Trench Magazines: The Wipers Times, The New Church Times, the Kemmel Times and the Somme Times, The B. E. F Times. 1918
This 1918 edition is the first combined edition of the these trench newspapers and it includes a hospital war ship stamp making it of particular historical interest. The book is produced on the low quality, fragile paper that was available at the time and is still in very good condition. A far larger print run of the book was released in the 1930’s making this publication a rare find.
The Wipers Times is a set of the First World War trench magazines published by British soldiers in the 2nd Battalion (Sherwood Foresters) fighting in the Ypres Salient. A sergeant, who had been a printer in peacetime, came across an abandoned printing press which he used to publish a soldiers paper. The editions consisted of poems, reflections, wry in-jokes and lampoons of the military situation the Division was in. In general, the papers maintained a humorously ironic style that today can be recognised in satirical magazines such as Private Eye and The Onion. The covers of each issue were mock advertisments for war-related music-hall events. The contributors to the papers are mostly unrecorded. However, the editor was Captain (later Lieutenant-Colonel) F. J Roberts, the sub editor was Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-Colonel) J. H. Pearson and a contributor of many articles was Artilleryman, Gilbert Frankau. Engravings are by E. J. Cousins.
Original paper board covers with black lettering and illustration. The spine is free on one edge from the book. There is wear on the edges of the covers. The pages are browned but clean. One page has a 2″ tear and one of the contents page is loose. The book is protected by a brown paper cover. 10 x 7 1/2