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Given by Mrs. B. Bayley

Mysore, Hyderabad State: 1929 – 1939

Small Collections Box 2

MS Memoir of ten years in India 1929-1939 as an Army wife. (8pp)

Goes out to India in 1929 with parents after school days, aged 18.

Travelling in India.

Short period in Dera Ismail Khan.

1930 Rawalpindi, and hot weather in Muree and Kashmir.

1932 Secunderabad in State of Hyderabad. Social life, and appreciation of the architectural and scenic features of the State. Incidents of rabies and plague injections.

1937 Returns to England with retired parents, later goes back to India to visit brother, and gets married, as her mother did, (Mrs. Grant, q.v.) among strangers. First home in very large bungalow in Bangalore. Daily life – at first boring, but starts an embroidery class among Rajput wives of the men of the Regiment who were in purdah. Also arranges for them to see her bungalow and to see their husbands on parade. Farewell tea party with the NCO’s and men of the Battery.