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The Vanguard Library

The Vanguard Library was published by Trapps Holmes and ran from  May 1907 until April 1919, a total of 152 issues. Steve Holland has researched this rather intriguing publication in some depth and you can find the results of that research here. http://www.philsp.com/homeville/BJSP/clm30.htm#A165

The short lived Old Boys Book Collector carried a couple of interesting articles on the Vanguard Library. In Issue 1 the publication's creator Tom Hopperton wrote an article on the Vanguard Library which managed to annoy Hamilton - Issue 2 contained Hamilton's response! One interesting fact emerged in Hamilton's reply - it was previously thought that only a dozen or so Hamilton stories had appeared in Trapps Holmes publications but in his reply he states that the number was at least a thousand.

A few issues of the Vanguard Library are available for download. If you have any issues you would like to share then please contact me.

A number of Hamilton stories were reprinted in the Picture Fun

The following list was kindly supplied by Dr Nandu Thalange.


  No Hamilton Story Notes
  Issue 1
4th May 1907
The New Boy at Northcote
[Charles Hamilton]
Northcote
  Issue 2
11th May 1907
   
  Issue 3
18th May 1907
Saved from Ruin
[Roland Rodway]
 
Issue 4
25th May 1907
   
Issue 5
1st June 1907

The Star of the Ring
[Cecil Herbert]
Curly Kit
  Issue 6
8th June 1907
   
  Issue 7
15th June 1907
Plucky Jim Stanhope
[Charles Hamilton]
Northcote
Issue 8
22nd June 1907

Midshipman Dick
[Eric Stanhope]
 
  Issue 9
29th June 1907
   
Issue 10
6th July 1907
   
Issue 11
13th July 1907
   
  Issue 12
20th July 1907
Comrades of the Circus
[Cecil Herbert]
Curly Kit
  Issue 13
27th July 1907
High Jinks at Larkshall
[Gordon Conway]
Larkshall
  Issue 14
3rd August 1907
   
  Issue 15
10th August 1907
   
  Issue 16
17th August 1907
   
  Issue 17
24th August 1907
   
  Issue 18
31st August 1907
   
  Issue 19
7th September 1907
The Fourth Form at Northcote
[CH]
Northcote
Issue 20
14th September 1907
   
  Issue 21
21st September 1907
   
Issue 22
28th September 1907
   
Issue 23
5th October 1907

Two Merry Middies
[Eric Stanhope]
 
Issue 24
12th October 1907
   
Issue 25
19th October 1907

Tracked in the Bush
[Cecil Herbert]
 
  Issue 26
26th October 1907
   
  Issue 27
2nd November 1907
   
  Issue 28
9th November 1907
   
  Issue 29
16th November 1907
   
  Issue 30
23rd November 1907
   
Issue 31
30th November 1907
Christmas at St Freda's
[CH]
St Freda's
  Issue 32
7th December 1907
   
  Issue 33
14th December 1907
Chums of St Kate's
[CH]
St Kate's
  Issue 34
21st December 1907
   
Issue 35
28th December 1907
   
  Issue 36
4th January 1908
   
Issue 37
11th January 1908
   
  Issue 38
18th January 1908
   
  Issue 39
25th January 1908
The Prefect's Secret
[CH]
St Kate's
  Issue 40
1st February 1908
   
  Issue 41
8th February 1908
   
  Issue 42
15th February 1908
Who Shall be Captain?
[Charles Hamilton]
St Kate's
  Issue 43
22nd February 1908
   
Issue 44
29th February 1908
   
Issue 45
7th March 1908
   
Issue 46
14th March 1908
   
Issue 47
21st March 1908
   
Issue 48
28th March 1908
   
Issue 49
4th April 1908
The Captain of St Kate's
[Charles Hamilton]
St Kate's
  Issue 50
11th April 1908
   
  Issue 51
18th April 1908
   
Issue 52
25th April 1908
   
  Issue 53
2nd May 1908
   
  Issue 54
9th May 1908
   
  Issue 55
16th May 1908
   
Issue 56
23rd May 1908
   
  Issue 57
30th May 1908
   
Issue 58
6th June 1908

Pong, or, The New Boy at St Kate's
[Frank Drake]
St Kate's
  Issue 59
13th June 1908
   
  Issue 60
20th June 1908
   
  Issue 61
27th June 1908
   
  Issue 62
4th July 1908
   
Issue 63
11th July 1908
   
  Issue 64
18th July 1908
   
  Issue 65
25th July 1908
   
  Issue 66
1st  August 1908
   
  Issue 67
8th August 1908
   
  Issue 68
15th August 1908
Comrades of the Fourth
[Frank Drake]
St Kate's
Issue 69
22nd August 1908
   
Issue 70
29th August 1908
   
  Issue 71
5th September 1908
   
  Issue 72
12th September 1908
   
Issue 73
19th September 1908
   
  Issue 74
26th September 1908
   
  Issue 75
3rd October 1908
   
  Issue 76
10th October 1908
   
  Issue 77
17th October 1908
   
  Issue 78
24th October 1908
   
  Issue 79
31st October 1908
   
Issue 80
7th November 1908
   
Issue 81
14th November 1908
   
  Issue 82
21st November 1908
   
  Issue 83
28th November 1908
   
Issue 84
5th December 1908
Comrie, Centre Forward
[Nigel Wallace]
 
Issue 85
12th December 1908
   
  Issue 86
19th December 1908
   
  Issue 87
26th December 1908
   
  Issue 88
2nd January 1909
   
Issue 89
9th January 1909
   
  Issue 90
19th January 1909
The Diamond Seekers
[Ridley Redway]
 
  Issue 91
26th January 1909
   
  Issue 92
2nd February 1909
   
  Issue 93
9th February 1909
   
Issue94
16th February 1909
   
Issue 95
23rd February 1909
   
  Issue 96
2nd March 1909
   
Issue 97
9th March 1909
   
Issue 98
16th March 1909
   
Issue 99
23rd March 1909
   
  Issue 100
30th March 1909
   
  Issue 101
6th April 1909
   
  Issue 102
13th April 1909
   
  Issue 103
20th April 1909
   
Issue 104
27th April 1909
   
Issue 105
4th May 1909
   
Issue 106
11th May 1909
   
  Issue 107
18th May 1909
   
  Issue 108
25th May 1909
   
Issue 109
1st June 1909
   
  Issue 110
8th June 1909
   
Issue 111
15th June 1909
   
  Issue 112
22nd June 1909
   
  Issue 113
29th June 1909
   
  Issue 114
6th July 1909
   
Issue 115
13th July 1909
   
Issue 116
20th July 1909
   
  Issue 117
27th July 1909
   
  Issue 118
3rd August 1909
   
  Issue 119
10th August 1909
   
  Issue 120
17th August 1909
   
Issue 121
24 August 1909
   
Issue 122
31 August 1909
   
  Issue 123
7th September 1909
   
  Issue 124
14th September 1909
What Happened to Joseph?
[Gillingham Jones]
 
  Issue 125
21st September 1909
In the Midst of Perils
[Gillingham Jones]
 
The Galleon's Gold
[Ridley Redway]
 
  Issue 126
28th September 1909
Sent to Coventry
[Gillingham Jones]
 
Russell Keene for the Empire
[Robert Stanley]
 
 
Issue 127
5th October 1909
Russell Keene in Somaliland
[Robert Stanley]
 
Tom Smart's Schooldays
[Anon]
 
Nice Boys at School (part1/2)
[anon]
 
Issue 128
12th October 1909
Missing - A Million
[Gillingham Jones]
 
Nice Boys at School (part 2/2)
[Anon]
 
The Rajah's of Redclyffe
[Ridley Redway]
 
  Issue 129
19th October 1909
The Bargee's Boy
[Gillingham Jones]
 
  Issue 1330
26th October 1909
Two Rogues of Redclyffe
[Ridley Redway]
 
  Issue 131
2nd November 1909
Jack Jingle's Chum
[Ridley Redway]
 
The Golden Goblet
[anon]
 
Comrades
[anon]
 
The Hate of the Slave
[Ridley Redway]
 
  Issue 132
9th November 1909
Expelled from the School
[Ridley Redway]
 
For England's King, or, The Rival Dukes
[Ridley Redway]
 
A Treble Guilt
[anon]
 
  Issue 133
16th November 1909
   
  Issue 134
23rd November 1909
   
  Issue 135
30th November 1909
   
  Issue 136
7th December 1909
   
  Issue 137
14th December 1909