[Record Book of a French Infantryman]. Infanterie – Livret De Thomas, Julien Joseph. Bruxelles: Imprimerie Militaire De E. Guyot, First Edition. 12mo. Full Vellum. Wallet. Fair. 56pp, , original wallet style vellum binding, original paper label pasted to upper cover, with another (identical) replacement label tipped over the top, date in ink to upper cover.
Vellum soiled, lacking tie, has been wet at some point with evidence of damp staining to military rules used as pastedowns, stitching slightly weak but holding, pages browned and lightly soiled, with first and last few pages damp stained, small hole to top margin of first leaf.
The military record book for a Julien Joseph Thomas, an infantryman in the fourth company of the third battalion of the eighth regiment of the line, between 1866 and 1873. The second page gives a brief physical description (ie. grey eyes, a small nose and mouth), as well as a brief account of when and how he joined the army, with a record of his campaigns (1870 in Belgium being listed). Other pages record a half-yearly account of the value of his clothing, with reports and costs listed for the years 1866-1873, with later pages noting the ‘state of clothing and equipment of each man’ and a record of his shooting at distances.
Whilst it doesn’t appear that Thomas fought directly in the Franco-Prussian war, he certainly served during the period, with this being an example of the type of personal service pocket book of the time