Title: I was Churchill's Shadow, 1951. First Edition
Author: Walter H. Thompson
Publisher: Christopher Johnson, London
A first edition of Walter Henry Thompson's I was Churchill's Shadow, who served as bodyguard to Winston Churchill after WW1 and during the Second World War.
After his second retirement and Churchill's leave from office in 1945, Thompson has planned on publishing his personal memoirs while serving as bodyguard. However, 10 Downing Street had decided it would be unsightly for Thompson to publish such an in depth memoir, and threatened to cut his police pension if he went through with it. Even though his 350,000 word memoir was complete, Thompson nevertheless relented, and released this expurgated version in 1951. It wasn't well after his death that his grand niece Linda Stoker finally re-published his memoir with expanded and uncensored details under the title Beside the Bulldog in 2003.
In June 1945, with Churchill out of office and Thompson about to retire for a second time from the Metropolitan Police, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Downing Street decided that it would be improper for him to publish his memoirs for the foreseeable future and threatened Thompson with the loss of his police pension if it was published, even though he had nearly completed a 350,000-word manuscript. An expurgated version, I was Churchill's Shadow was published in the 1950s.
One volume in Octavo, 200 pages. With dust jacket
On note of condition, there is some wear and minor tearing noted on the dust jacket with staining noted, but it is otherwise in good shape, and the same goes for the hardcover volume itself.