You find all sorts of inscriptions in books, usually on the front endpaper, from the plain name and address to pledges of undying love. I came across one today at the front of a copy of ‘Grammont’s memoirs of the Court of Charles the Second’ by Anthony Hamilton.
The inscription to the front pastedown reads thus –
“To Claude S. Jackson. Coldstream Guards
From Archer Windsor-Clive
3rd Bn. Coldstream Guards
Killed in action with the 3rd Bn. at LANDRECIES.
August 25th 1914.“
The internet being the marvellous tool that it is, confirms some of these details and throws up more information.
Lt. Hon. Archer Windsor-Clive was born on 6 November 1890. He was the son of Robert George Windsor-Clive, 1st Earl of Plymouth. He attended Eton and played first class cricket for Cambridge University. The excellent Commonwealth War Graves Commission website gives more details of his death – http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=581548
Another site gives a quote from ‘Tommy Atkins at War’ by James Alexander Kilpatrick –
A sergeant of the Coldstream Guards, in an account given to
the Evening News, speaks of the death of Captain
Windsor-Clive. "We were sorry to lose Captain Clive, who,"
he says, "was a real gentleman and a soldier. He was
knocked over by the bursting of a shell, which maddened our
fellows I can tell you."...........Many British soldiers
suffered from the treachery of the Germans in wearing
English and French uniforms, and their letters home are
full of indignation at the practises of the enemy. It was
in the fighting following such a ruse at Landrecies that
the Honorable Archer Windsor-Clive, of the Coldstream
Guards, met his death.
Tragically, another search on the CWGC site shows that the owner of the book and author of the inscription, Claude S.[Stewart] Jackson, was also killed in the Great War 3 years later in the mud of Flanders – http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1633111