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Mrs. Ruth Barton

Bombay Presidency, Burma, Rajasthan, Kashmir, C.P. 1931-1946

Small Collections Box 2

Memoir: ‘Random Recollections of a Memsahib in the days of the British Raj in India’

Mrs. Ruth Barton, wife of Brigadier V.G.J. Barton, O.B.E., went to India in 1931. She lived there and in Burma until 1946 when her husband, who joined the Rajputana Rifles in 1923, retired. She records memories of her peripatetic life as the wife of an army officer, accompanying her husband as often as possible on his postings. These took them to Burma when he was ordered with his battalion to help in quelling the Burmese rebellion of 1931. Subsequent postings took them to Rajputana, Burma and Central India. Her gift of description and her sense of history make Burmese and Indian scenes come vividly to life. 34pp.

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