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Capt. R.W.W. Grimshaw – The Poona Horse

Small Collections Box 12

Given by Miss K. Grimshaw

India General: 1914-1915

Xerox copy of a diary kept by Capt. R. W. W. Grimshaw of The Poona Horse. 2 August 1914 – 4 June 1915. 76pp.

Capt. Grimshaw was ordered to France with his cavalry regiment while on his return to India from leave. He met his soldiers and the horses at Cairo and travelled with them to the battle front. He expresses admiration for the doggedness of the Indian soldiers and has great sympathy for their suffering. He considers the performance of Indian officers disappointing, however. He speaks of the levelling effect of war on class structures and racial barriers.