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Erskine Childers was born in London on 25th June 1870 to a wealthy and privileged background. He had a private education before attending Trinity College Cambridge where to took a degree in law. After leaving he worked in the House of Commons for a while before joining the services in 1899. In 1903 the novel for which he is best known and what is widely regarded as the first spy novel, Riddle of the Sands, was published. It was an immediate success quickly running into reprint. The outbreak of the war in 1914 saw Childers working for army intelligence where he was eventually awarded the DSC.  He later became heavily involved in Irish politics and was a supporter of home rule. He also joined the Irish Republican Army, this led to him being arrested in 1922 whilst carrying a gun and was badly beaten, Winston Churchill even commented on his arrest. He was later court martialled and sentenced to death! He was shot 7 days later, retaining his dignity, refusing a blindfold and shaking hands with every member of the firing squad.
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Title Publisher Date Notes
In the Ranks of the CIV Smith Elder 1900  
The HAC in South Africa Smith Elder 1903  
The Riddle of the Sands Smith Elder 1903 Black cloth, white lettering, maps facing title page, page69, 141 and 219, 1,250 copies printed
The Times History  War in South Africa Low 1907 volume 5
War and the Arme Blanche Arnold 1910  
German Influence on British Cavalry Arnold 1911  
Framework of Home Rule Arnold 1911  
A Taste for the Sea Stanford 1979  

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