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Small Collections Box 15

Given by Mr Basil Labouchardière. Indian Police 1936-47. 

  1. Roll of Indian Police officers, 1861-1947 - An Indian Police Obituary. 9 ff. ISBN No. 0 9510582 0 7. Xerox copy of typescript. Gives following details of 1711 officers of the Indian Police (of rank of Assistant Superintendent and above): Surname and initials of first names. Honours and decorations held. Province(s) in which served. Years in which service began and ended.
  2. Typescript note by Mr La Bouchardière on 'The Indian Police from 1861 to 1947'. The account is in five sections:
    1. A brief history, including recruitment and training of the service.
    2. A Chronology of the main police events between 1861 and 1947.
    3. Examples of the nature of the job:
      • Collating criminal intelligence.
      • Dealing with riots.
      • Political intelligence work.
      • Combating terrorism in Bengal in the 1930s.
    4. Political events:
      • The Cripps Mission 1942.
      • The British Cabinet Mission 1946.
      • The Partition Plan 1947.
    5. For Gallantry.


Lent by Mrs. S. Laughton 290pp. 

U.P., Bengal, Orissa, C.P.: 1860 - 1936 

Xerox copies: 

  1. Printed leaflet: 'Summer Home for Soldiers' Children.at Mussoorie, Himalayas. Established 1876' by Charlotte Stamper, June 6th 1879.
  2. Xerox of typed memoir 'Indian Days, First Part'. Lively account of a bride's and bridegroom's voyage to India in 1860 and journey upcountry to Cawnpore. Describes hill station of Landour in 1864 where writer's husband was chaplain. Furlough in England 1871, return to India 1873. Final chapter describes march from Mussoorie to Simla in 1878.
  3. Xerox of diary kept by Charlotte Stamper on leave in hills, 1878.
  4. Map of Saharanpur, Dehra Dun and Garhwal Districts and Tehri State, U.P. (1 in.= 4m.) 1916.
  5. Map of Hundes or Ngarikhorsom, Almora and Garhwal Districts. Tehri State, Tibet and U.P. (1 in.= 4m.)
  6. Map of Bengal, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, Darjeeling District: Paro: Nepal and Sikkim States and Tsang Province, (1 in.= 4m.) 1921.
  7. General Parwana for Mr. W. Gracie to facilitate journey through Sikkim. 30 May 1924.
  8. Accompanying MS letter.
  9. Diaries of Colonel W. Gracie 4/8th Punjab Regt.:
    • 26 April - 13 June 1924 of trek from Darjeeling to Kalimpong and back.
    • 1 July - 17 August 1926 of trek in Tehri Garhwal.
    • 13 February - 8 March and 21 March.- 14 April 1930. Account of shooting trips in Orissa and Talcher State. 5 enclosures.
    • 31 March - 14 May 1936. Account of shooting trip in Dhutera Forest Block and Sakata Forest Block near Seoni in Central Provinces.


Given by Captain C. Lorimer (grandnephew of Major William Wyld, to whom Maj. Laughton's widow probably gave her husband's papers.) Major Laughton was Chief Engineer at the siege of Delhi until 22 June 1857, when he was succeeded by Colonel R. Baird Smith.

Xerox copies. 


  1. 1 June. Baird Smith at Roorkee, to Laughton at Delhi. Unable to send pontoons; Roorkee district not under martial law; been asked to collect revenue; has sent Laughton via Muzuffurnagar and Meerut; map of Delhi environs by Burgess; only twenty sappers left and garrison a motley crew; all perfectly quiet but the villagers just biding their time to see how things go at Delhi; believes the first outbreak among the sappers at Delhi was because the soldiers were full of anxieties and fears, and only a small number of blackguards accounted for mutiny; believes entirely connected with the removal of the magazine without explanation - Frazer was to blame - a cruel loss. Signature of Baird Smith on slip of paper.
  2. 5 June. Frank Turner to Laughton. Number of guns in the siege train. List of guns on slip of paper.
  3. ? June. General Sir Henry Barnard to Laughton. Awaiting report of reconnaissance.
  4. 11 June. Laughton to Lt. G.T. Chesney. About gathering brushwood; Lt. Chesney's reply on reverse.
  5. 12 June. ? Major Martin to Laughton. About gathering wood.
  6. 12 June. Archdale Wilson to Laughton. Necessity of getting powder buried; the uselessness of the batteries he proposed.
  7. 12 June. Laughton to Lt. W.W. Greathed, with Greathed's reply scribbled on reverse. About sending plans.
  8. No date. Greathed to Laughton. About buying Tat.
  9. 13 June. Report presented to General Barnard proposing 'to establish a position at about a distance of 1,000 yards from the Fort ....' Note at end: objected to by General Archdale Wilson .... 2 double sheets. (Report is a copy - original by Major Laughton.)
  10. ?16 June. Memo from the Chief Engineer (Laughton) to General Sir Henry Barnard. 1 double and 1 single sheet.
  11. 17 June. Archdale Wilson's reply on the ineptitude of this report. 1 double sheet.
  12. Undated project: first for a movement upon the city of Delhi; secondly for the occupation of the fortified town; and thirdly of the walled palace and Fort of Selun Ghur, ? by Major Laughton, with pencilled comments by General Archdale Wilson. 2 double sheets.
  13. Undated memorandum about completing the works on the Metcalf estate. Single half sheet.
  14. Undated memorandum ? from Laughton about the completion of the battery in advance of Hindoo Raos' house, and the examination of the ground in front of 'Ludlow Castle'. 1 double quarto sheet.
  15. 16 June. Letter from Archdale Wilson. to Laughton repeating order for the erection of an embankment and other defence measures. (See page 67 of Delhi 1857: the siege, assault, and capture as given in the diary and correspondence of the Late Colonel Keith Young, C. B., Judge-Advocate General, Bengal. Edited by General Sir Henry Wylie Norman and Mrs. Keith Young. London, 1902.)
  16. 17 June. Report from Lt. Genesti to Captain Chesney on work done in laying out a battery of guns and building the embankment. 1 single sheet.
  17. >18 June. Note from Laughton to Lt. Salkeld, and Salkeld's reply in pencil. About supplies. Single sheet.
  18. Undated. Letter from ? Laughton to Brigadier Wilson. Objecting to General Archdale Wilson's demand to build an embankment for the battery on rocky ground. 1 double quarto sheet.
  19. Undated. Note to Laughton from ? Col. Congreve to share tent with Mr. Thomason. Single octavo sheet.
  20. Undated. Note (very small) from H. Bingham to Laughton about carpenters.
  21. Undated. Note from Chesney to Laughton about material being used up by ? Genesti without reference to Salkeld, and about Mr. Sub-Conductor Johnson being drunk on parade.
  22. Undated. Note from Chesney to Laughtor, asking for the tracing of Delhi to copy.
  23. Undated. Note from Chesney to Laughton about arrangements for continuous supply of labour for building embankments.
  24. 20 June. Note from Chesney to Laughton about arrangements for working parties as three of his officers are ill; orders to be given in time.
  25. Undated. Note from Chesney to Laughton about wood for splinter proof magazines, and alternative measures.
  26. 21 June. Chesney to Laughton announcing Salkeld's return after having demolished the bridge over the Nujufghurgh branch canal (the Bussye bridge). (See page 115, ibid.)
  27. 17 June. Letter from C.F. Stewart to Laughton about a request from Mr. Plowden of the civil service on duty at ? to turn the waters passing down the canal into the Jamna so as to increase the supply in the river and render it more difficult to be forded; this is not recommended.
  28. 22 June. Order for picks, shovels and grindstones - urgent.
  29. 22 June. Order from General Archdale Wilson to Laughton to make the parapet of the new battery beyond Hindoo Rao's house. (See page 67, ibid.)
  30. 22 June. Pencilled letter from Archdale Wilson to Laughton with urgent request to make a small battery and a road at the Mosque.
  31. 23 June. Letter to Laughton reporting that he had returned from blowing up two bridges: the Pool Chudder about three miles from the cemetery and the bridge on the Rohtak road. Pencil, single sheet.
  32. 24 June. Letter from Archdale Wilson to Laughton, directing him to erect a small battery in the position pointed out in Major Reid's note.
  33. ? 24 June. Letter from Archdale Wilson to Laughton asking for the work to be hastened on the new battery.


Given by Dr. William Laurie 


TS of 2 volume work: Blackwater Fever in Waziristan 1938, by Dr. William Laurie when Lt. Colonel W. Laurie, Indian Medical Service. 819pp. Bound. 

Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615-1930, by Lt. Colonel D.G. Crawford. London, 1930. 


Small Collections Box 15

Given by Miss E. Lenox-Conyngham 

Bengal, U.P., Punjab 1857-1956 

  1. Xerox copy of TS "Extracts relating to the Indian Mutiny Campaigns" from letters written home in 1857-58-59 by A.F. Bradshaw, Assistant Surgeon, 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade, from India
  2. 20 Oct. 1857 Letters written from the voyage out to India on the ship Sussex. Detailed description of the voyage activities, daily routine, food, company etc.
  3. 19 Nov. 1857 Calcutta, Madrasa College.
  4. 1 Dec. 1857 Letters written from camps during the campaign against the rebel forces of the Mutiny, in and around Lucknow, Cawnpore and Allahabad (U.P.) These letters describe in detail the campaigning life of an officer - style of camping, attitude to natives; servants - dress and duties etc.; amusements; garrisons; shopping in Cawnpore; Nana Sahib; attitude to mutineers; Lucknow after the siege; looting, promotion. Becomes very ill and then goes to Simla from 25 May 1858 to convalesce.
  5. 8 June 1858 From Simla Club, Simla. Describes journey from Lucknow to Simla by horse-dawk. Staging Bungalows. Simla manners and customs. Loot and Prize money from Lucknow. Rejoins Battalion in Oude.
  6. 21 Nov. 1858 Joins 5th Fusiliers and marches to Sultanbad from Allahabad, where the 2nd Battalion was. Sir Colin Campbell joins the camp at Partabgarh. Report on interference with Sir Colin Campbell's command by Govenor-General at Allahabad. Description of Sir Colin Campbell (now Lord Clyde). Hears discussion between Russell (The Times correspondent) and the Chief of Police about the Massacre at Cawnpore. They thought the sepoys had been much maligned. Rejoins 2nd Battalion and marches through Oude, with Major General Sir James Grant.
  7. 11 Dec. 1858 Marches to Lucknow. Prices there in shops. From there under Lord Clyde, they march in chase of Beni Madhu - Skirmishing - (Joined by some Baluchis) to Faizabad. Result of the new Royal Medical Warrant recently published, very advantageous to his career. Trying to catch Nana Sahib. Thinks war will be over soon everywhere.
  8. 1 Jan. 1859 Impressed with the beauty of Oude. Skirmishes near Nanpara, 26 December 1858 with the rebels. Take the Fort of Madjidia. Disarmament of rebels carried out by Oude Military Police. Camp on the Raptee River, Nepal, 12 miles from Nana Sahib, who is hemmed in.
  9. 16 Jan. 1859 Account of foot-racing and horse-racing in camp. Also Punjab Cavalry sports: Tent pegging etc. Passes Colloquial examination in Urdu.
  10. 11 Feb. 1859 Still in camp near Raptee river, Nepal. Trying to hem in Sir Jung Bahadur and rebels.
  11. 12 Mar. 1859 Bahraich described. In camp still, though the heat is great. A little about medical cases. A fair described. 

    9 July 1859 Lucknow. Bad march. Attitude towards the sick. Various marches of the campaign described. Queries the move from Bahraich. Men's health.

  12. 30 Dec. 1859 Has heard about the new Army Medical School established by the Director General of Medical Staff and Mr. Sidney Herbert - a new rule that medical personnel must pass an examination after 5 years. The Civil Service give a ball to the Military in the Kaisar Pusund.
  13. 15 Jan. 1860 Cawnpore. Marches from Lucknow. Repeats opinion by a Hindustani scholar that brutalities inflicted upon the European women and children in Cawnpore done by Muslim soldiers not Hindus. Enumerates the retribution inflicted. Describes the well at Cawnpore which he goes to see. Thinks he may go to China.
  14. Photograph: group of officers of the Royal Horse Artillery at a presentation of a medal to one of them, thought by Miss Lenox-Conyngham to be her maternal grandfather, later Sir Alexander Bradshaw, Surgeon General of the Armed Forces, receiving the medal from Lord Roberts. (Sir Alexander Bradshaw b. 1834 d. 1923, Knighted 1912. Army Medical Dept. 1857, at Lucknow, won medal and clasp. Chestnut Troop R.H.A. 1866. Bradshaw copied the letters in the 'Extracts' himself, and the original copies are in the national Army Museum or in the Rifle Brigade Archives. See: Who Was Who 1916-28).
  15. Photograph: group of officers probably connected with the Survey of India with a list of names and date in the photograph - 11 October 1893, including Lt. Lenox-Conyngham (later Sir Gerald Lenox-Conyngham father of Miss E. Lenox-Conyngham). On reverse is a photograph of Benares.
  16. 8 watercolour paintings of the United Provinces some named and dated 1889; 1896-7 by Colonel C. Strachan, Director of the Survey of India.


  1. Memoir, extracted and compiled from various sources, to illustrate the origin and foundation of the Pollock Medal. Woolwich, Boddy & Co., Military Publishers, 1875. (Enclosed a TS letter to Gerald Lenox-Conyngham from Eustace Tickell, 12 June 1956 about the handing it over to India in 1947). The book is presented to Gentleman Cadet G.P. Lenox-Conyngham.
  2. Country Life Ltd., (1929 -) An amateur artist in India: a collection of paintings by Gertrude Lady Burrard.
  3. Woolf, Bella Sidney, How to see Ceylon. Times of Ceylon Ltd. 2nd ed. 1922.
  4. Beveridge, (Lord), India called them. London, George Allen & Unwin, 1947.
  5. Archbold, W.A.J., Bengal Haggis: the lighter side of Indian life. London, The Scholartis Press 1928.
  6. Aberigh-Mackay, George, Twenty-one days in India, being the tour of Sir Ali Baba, K.C.B. 6th ed. London, George Allen, 1896.
  7. Page from The Pioneer, Wednesday, 2 September 1891.
  8. Article on The Black Mountain Expedition, General Elles's Despatch, mentioning Deputy-Surgeon-General A.F. Bradshaw, Medical Staff.


Small Collections Box 15

Given by Miss S. Levi 

Village life by the Ganges, 1939-46. Anonymous. 

Privately printed book 1950. For details see Levi correspondence file. 

An autobiography of a woman who lives in a village growing vegetables for a college. She comes to know the village life and the villagers intimately. She starts a farming co-operative, dispensary and village work. A detailed description of village life, factions, work, social service, crime etc. 


Small Collections Box 15

(Paul Lingeman) 

Note on career in Burma and Assam oil-fields 1921-28; Chittagong, East Bengal 1929-32 where he encountered the question of whether European clubs should admit Indian members; reason for European aloofness; Chittagong Armoury Raid of 1930. Digboi Oilfield in Assam: recruitment and training of workers: conditions of work; club membership; 1939 general strike; trades unions; war; 1942; Anglo-Indians, Anglo-Burmese; retreat. 


Given by Mr. Bryan Little 

Offprint: 'Calcutta in the Cotswolds' - A summary of the Presidential Address delivered at the Council house, Bristol, 19 April 1980. 

(Trans. Bristol & Gloucester: Arch: Soc: Vol. XCVIII 1980. pp.5-10). 

Descriptive handlist of papers collected 


(Lady (Alan) Lloyd) 

Given by Mrs. C.A. McDowall 

Books presented: 

Acland, C. A popular account of the manners and customs of India. London, 1879. 

Afghanistan. No. 4. Octobre-Decembre 1946. 

Arnold, E. The light of Asia or the great renunciation .... London, 1932. 

Atkinson, G.F. The campaign it India, 1857-58 .... London, 1859. 

Ball, C. The history of the Indian mutiny .... 2 vols. in 7 pts. London, n.d. 

Bengal. List of inscriptions on tombstones or monuments ... possessing historical or archaeological interest. Edited by C.R. Wilson. Calcutta, 1896. 

Bihar. List of pre-mutiny inscriptions in Christian burial grounds in the Patna district. Patna, 1935. 

Blechynden, K. Calcutta past and present. London, 1905. 

Bombay past and present .... Bombay, 1919. 

Bradley-Birt, F.B. 'Sylhet' Thackeray. London, 1911. 

Brooke Elliott, C. The real Ceylon. Colombo, 1938. 

Bundi. (A guide.) 1943. 

Busteed, H.E. Echoes from Old Calcutta, being chiefly reminiscences of the days of Warren Hastings, Francis and Impey. Calcutta, 1882. (Also 4th ed. London, 1908.) 

Cadell, P. ed. The Letters of Philip Meadows Taylor to Henry Reeve. Oxford, University Press, 1947. 

The Calcutta chatterbox. By the 'Oldest Inhabitant'. 2 pts. Calcutta, 1918. 

The Calcutta Review. No. III, October 1844. 

Ceylon. List of inscriptions on tombstones and monuments ... of historical or local interest . . . . By J. Penry Lewis. Colombo, 1913. 

Cook, T. & Co. Ltd. Ceylon: information for visitors to the Island ... season 1938-39. Colombo, 1938? 

Cooper, E. The handbook for Delhi with index and two maps, illustrating the historic remains of Old Delhi, and the position of the British Army before the assault in 1857 .... Lahore, 1865. 

Cotton, H.E.A. Calcutta old and new .... Calcutta, 1907. 

Craven, T. The new royal dictionary: English into Hindustani and Hindustani into English. Rev. ed. Lucknow, 1911. 

Delhi. Map of Delhi and vicinity .... Published under the direction of S.G. Burrard. 1912. Scale 2 inches to 1 mile. 

Dewar, D. Bygone days in India. London, 1922. 

Dodwell, H. The Nabobs of Madras. London, 1926. 

Dodwell, H. ed. List of marriages registered in the Presidency of Fort St. George 1680-1800. Madras, 1916. 

Douglas, J. Glimpses of old Bombay and Western India; with other papers. London, 1900. 

Early European travellers in the Nagpur Territories. Reprinted from old records. Nagpur, 1924. 

Edwardes, H.B. Life of Sir Henry-Lawrence. 3rd ed. London, 1873. 

Fernandes, B.A. A guide to the ruins of Bassein. Bombay, Historical Society 1941. 

Forbes-Mitchell, W. Reminiscences of the great mutiny 1857-59 .... London, 1893. 

Foster, E. ed. Early travels in India 1583-1619. Oxford, University Press, 1921. 

Hall, D.G.E. Europe and Burma: a study of European relations with Burma to the annexation of Thibaw's Kingdom 1886. Oxford, University Press, 1945. 

Hastings, W. The Letters of Warren Hastings to his wife .... Edited by S.C. Grier. London, 1905. 

Hodgson, G.H. Thomas Parry; free merchant Madras 1768-1824. Madras, Bangalore, etc., 1938. 

Hunter, W.W. The Thackerays in India and some Calcutta graves. London, 1897. 

Hyderabad. List of inscriptions on tombs or monuments in H.E.H. the Nizam's dominions with biographical notes compiled with an historical introduction by O. S. Crofton. Hyderabad-Deccan, 1941. 

Hyderabad. Archaeological department. Guide to Ajanta frescoes. Rev. ed. Hyderabad-Deccan, 1935. 

India. Railway department. The handbook of India .... 2nd ed. London, n.d. 

India. Railway department. The magic of India. Delhi, n.d. 

Ireland, W.W. History of the siege of Delhi by an officer who served there .... Edinburgh, 1861. 

Jasimuddin. The field of the embroidered quilt: a tale of two Indian villages. Translated from the Bengali poem 'Nakshi Kathar Math' by E.M. Milford. Oxford, University Press, 1939. 

Kaye, J.W. Lives of Indian officers .... 2 vols. London, 1867. 

Kipling, J.L. Beast and man in India .... London, 1921. 

Lawrence, J.R. Indian embers. Oxford, 1949. 

Lee, W.H. Inscriptions in the district of Puri. Cuttack, 1898. 

Love, H.D. Vestiges of Old Madras 1640-1800 .... 4 vols. London, 1913. 

MacDonald, J. Memoirs of an eighteenth-century footman ... travels (1745-1779); with an introduction by John Beresford. London, 1927. 

Madras. List of European tombs in the Tanjore District compiled under the orders of the Collector of Tanjore. Madras, 1914. 

Malden, C.H. List of burials at Madras (in St. Mary's Cemetary) from 1851 to 1900 compiled from the register of St. Mary's Church, Fort St. George. Mad 1905. 

Maps of India. Published under the superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, London, 1846. (12 maps in case) 

Massey, M. Recollections of Calcutta for over half a century. Calcutta, 1918. 

Morison, J.L. Lawrence of Lucknow 1806-1857; being the life of Sir Henry Lawrence retold from his private and public papers. London, 1934. 

Moss King, R. The diary of a civilian's wife in India 1877-1882. 2 vols. London, 1884. 

Murray's handbook for travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon, including all British India, the Portuguese and French possessions, and the Indian States. 11th ed. London, 1924. 

Newell, H.A. Lucknow (the capital of Oudh); an illustrated guide to places of interest with history and map. 4th ed. Bombay, n.d. 

Newell, H.A. Three days at Agra: a guide to places of interest, including Fatehpur Sikri, with history and map. Madras, 1919. 

Newell, H.A. Three days at Delhi ... a guide to places of interest with history and map. 6th ed. Bombay, 1923. 

North-Western Provinces and Oudh. List of Christian tombs and monuments of archaeological or historical interest and their inscriptions .... Compiled and annotated by A. Fuhrer. Allahabad, 1896. 

Page, J.A. Guide to the Qutb, Delhi. Calcutta, 1927. 

Panckridge, H.R. A short history of the Bengal Club (1827-1927). Calcutta, 1927. 

Pearson, H. The hero of Delhi; a life of John Nicholson, Saviour of India, and a history of his wars. London, 1939. 

Penny, F. Fort St. George, Madras; a short history of our first possession in India. London, 1900. 

Punjab. Inscriptions on Christian tombs or monuments in the Punjab, N.W.F.P., Kashmir and Afghanistan; Pt. II biographical notices of military officers others whose names appear in the inscriptions in Pt. 1. Compiled by George William De Rhe-Philipe. Lahore, 1912. 

The Rambler; a Mussoorie miscellany (with alleged illustrations). Mussoorie, 1936. 

Rankin, R. A tour in the Himalayas and beyond. London, 1930. 

Rees, L.B.R. A personal narrative of the siege of Lucknow from its commencement to its relief by Sir Colin Campbell. 2nd ed. London, 1858. 

Register of graves in the mission, Tiretta, north and south cemeteries in Park Street, Calcutta, with a map and alphabetical index. Calcutta, 1900. 

Reid, C. Extracts from letters and notes written during the siege of Delhi in 1857. London, n.d. 

'Rhadamanthus' A scholar in Clive Street. Calcutta, (n.d. but after 1945). 

Rice Holmes, T. A history of the Indian mutiny and of the disturbances which accompanied it among the civil population, 5th ed. London, 1913. 

Roberts, Lord, F.S. Forty-one years in India from subaltern to commander-in-chief. 2 vols. London, 1897. 

Russell, W.H. My diary in India, in the year 1858-9. 2 vols. London, 1860. 

Saksena, R.B. The European and Indo-European poets of Urdu and Persian. Allahabad, 1943. 

Sanderson, G. A guide to the buildings and gardens: Delhi Fort. Delhi, 1937. 

Sedgwick, F.R. The Indian mutiny of 1857; a sketch of the principal military events. London, 1909. 

Sharp, H. Delhi: its story and buildings. Oxford, University Press, 1921. 

Sheppard, S.I. Bombay. Bombay, Times of India Press, 1932. 

Sleeman, W.H. Rambles and recollections of an Indian official. 2 vols. London, 1844. 

Smith, V.A. The Oxford student's history of India. 14th ed., revised by H.G. Rawlinson. Oxford, University Press, 1933. 

Solomon, W.E.G. The women of the Ajanta caves. Bombay, 1936. 

Spear, T.G.P. Delhi: a historical sketch. Oxford, University Press, 1937. 

Spear, T.G.P. The Nabobs: a study of the social life of the English in eighteenth century India. Oxford, University Press, 1932. 

Steel, F.A. On the face of the waters. New ed. London, n.d. 

Thompson, E.J. The making of the Indian princes. Oxford, University Press 1943. 

Trotter, L.J. The life of John Nicholson soldier and administrator based on private and hitherto unpublished documents. 2nd ed. London, 1898. 

United Service Institution of India. Journal. July 1946; January 1947; July - September, 1961. 

Visitors' handbook ... of ... Galle. Ceylon, n.d. 

Young, K. Delhi ? 1857; the siege, assault and capture as given in (his) diary and correspondence .... Edited by Sir H.W. Norman ... and Mrs. K. Young. London & Edinburgh, 1902. 


Small Collections Box 15

Given by D.E. Lloyd Jones 

C.P., Bengal, U.P., Assam, Burma: 1941 - 1975 

Collection of letters sent home immediately prior to and throughout his Indian Army Service by Major D.E. Lloyd Jones, M.C. Assam Regiment. Throughout describes the books read; films seen, food etc. (A great many of the letters are purely personal. Only those relating to India or Assam are listed here. The full list is in the Centre of South Asian Studies). 



Envelope date: 

23 July OCTU Bulford, Wilts. Describes camp and initial clothing and training - new army environment.

9 August Interview for Sudan Colonial Service. 

No date Dunbar - further details of life and training of an officer. 

September Dunbar. Has put name down for the Indian Army. Describes training. Refused for Sudan Service.

17 September Dunbar. Officers being weeded out. Further training described. 

n.d. Sandhurst - further details. Described passing-out parades. 

(envelope date: 30 November) 

2. December Arrangements for leave at Christmas. Japanese attacks mentioned. 


5 January Sandhurst - Taken turn as Cadet Company Commander. Getting on well. 

9 January Great deal of work. Night exercises. Band Night programme enclosed. 

16 January Exercises - bad. weather. 

22 January Discusses pro and con of joining Indian Army. 

27 January Out on very hard exercise. Decides on joining Indian Army. 

4 February Interviewed for Indian Army. Importance of last month at Sandhurst - exams, tests and lectures. 7 February About tests. 

14 February More about military exercises etc. 

10 March Accepted for Indian Army. 

25 March Description of 3 day exercise and assault course. 

29 March Tropical kit. Going on 36 hour exercise. 

6 May London - leaving for India. 

9 May On board prior to sailing. 

16 May Voyage. Details of shipboard life. 

June Still at sea. Has been via the Cape. Describes their welcome and conditions in detail. Conditions decide many officers to return after the war to live. Return to ship - further details of life. 

10 July O.T.S. Mhow. Contrast to luxury of boat and hotel in Bombay. Describes living conditions. Studying Urdu. Prices and pay. Feeling contrast with Wales. 

25 July Cram course in Urdu described. Also first impressions of the Indian scene - villages, shops, etc. finance; daily life. 

9 August More about learning Urdu. Social life, finances. Mentions beginning of Gandhi's Civil Disobedience Movement. 

21 August Urdu exams. 

29 August Sending parcels to England of rationed goods. 

19 September Describes new regiment as far as he can with censorship restrictions. 

31 October Has been on training course and going to another. In an hotel in Calcutta. Veiled allusions to his whereabouts in the future. 

13 November In Poona on a course - recaps leave, courses, etc., hampered through censorship. Been in jungle. Learning to be Company Commander. Describes his orderly. 

13 December Letter to his sister Carys. About sending material etc. from India. Personal. 

27 December Calcutta - Christmas described. Has been in Shillong. 



14 January Airgraph: still in Calcutta. 

19 January At Saugor, at Infantry School. 

26 January Describes living at Saugor. 

21 February Airletter. Has qualified as a small arms instructor. Gives his financial situation. Describes his orderly. More about Saugor. 

15-17 March Personal, but describes the characteristics of Indian soldiers which he admires. Has been in the jungle. Describes life in Calcutta. Encloses letter about Insurance Policy. 

8 April Veiled allusions to being in bad jungle conditions; asks for various Penguin books. 

19 April Has been in Calcutta; implies has been fighting again. In a Battle School as instructor. 

29 April Has been slightly injured in explosion during battle course. 

13 May Recovered, been on endurance test. Has command of new company. Mentions a shortage of Indian food, but has seen no signs.

27 May On leave in Calcutta; going to Ranikhet. 

2 June Ranikhet on leave. Describes the journey and the place. 

24 June End of leave; journey back to Assam to. command D. Company; attitude towards station vendors. Learning Burmese. Remarks on negotiations with Indian leaders.

4 July Gives news of daily military life in a camp. 

10 July Hospital with ear infection. 

26 July Copy of two letters to a Mr. Richards from D.E.L.-J. about leave etc. - a synopsis of the letters home, expresses his attitude towards shirkers.

16 August Describes some of his friends. 

10 September Personal and a little about officers. 

11 September Describes his former work as Education Officer. 

26 September Pathe News has been filming the area. Hopes it will be shown. 

5 October Posted back to jungle: Preparations for Gurkha festival. 

19 October In jungle: describes his orderly, a Lushai, and the way he builds 'annexe' to his tent. Encloses newspaper cutting of Gurkha ambush.

29 October Veiled references to a three day skirmish - slight account of Gurkha dewali. 

6 November Shooting game, and using explosive in the rivers to catch fish to add variety to rations. 

16 November Discusses plans after demobilisation. 

23 November Promoted Quartermaster. 

1 December Going on Animal Transport Course in Landsdowne. Describes leave in Calcutta. Comments on Wavell as Viceroy. Mentions famine and the photographs published by The Statesman. Encloses programme of Garrison show at theatre. (B.E.S.A.)

9 December Animal management course in Landsdowne. 

11 December Landsdowne - describes place and the course, working with mules and ponies - learning to ride. Personal.

17 December Letter to grandfather. Mentions that he is covering same ground as his grandfather covered. 

26 December Describes Christmas. 


10 January Mentions famine and black market. 

16 January Mentions they are totally unaffected by the famine. 

25 February Reveals he is in 14th Army on the Indo-Burma border. 

12 March Implies he has been in action. 

11 April Implies has been in action of a prolonged and heavy nature. Has lost all his personal effects. 

15 April Airgraph: has been promoted Captain. 

17 May Been recommended for the M.C. 

30 May Personal: about deaths on service, his engagement and M.C. 

2 July Describes leave in Calcutta, and incidentally his fighting in Assam round Kohima in which he was involved.

12 July Still in 'civilization', personal; oblique reference to fighting. 

16-28 July Airgraphs: going on leave to Puri. No room in Puri: returned to Calcutta and spending leave in Grand Hotel. 

31 July Describes leave in Calcutta. Reveals he has been in bitter fighting for 3 months. Battalion at Jessami, Kherasom and Kohima. Describes the men in a photograph sent home and tells of the men who have been killed and their bravery. 

14 August Mentions the fighting and casualties at Kohima. 

27 August Speaks of missionaries he has met. 

2 September Been in action again. Mentions ending of war in Europe. 

19 September In action - does not think war will be over so easily against Japanese. Mostly personal. 

26 September Airgraph: mentions demobilisation plans not applying to Indian army. 

22 October Mentions lack of NAAFI in the East, and exploitation of situation by British owned shops. 

23 November Airgraph from Major Marsden assuring D.L.J.'s parents that he was safe but in a very remote place and could not write. 

26 November Oblique description of his actions during silence. Mentions General Slim with admiration. Mentions the memorial stone brought by the Nagas to commemorate the fallen in the 2nd British Division. 

22 December Mentions the advance into Burma and that he is connected with it. Letter from Jewellers attached about new regulations for sending home jewelry. 

25 December Day spent marching. Lushais sang carols on Christmas Eve. Describes the rest of the day. They have chicken sent by Hindu clerk. Most of villages devasted in wake of the battle. 



2 January Captured a prisoner; turkey and plum pudding dropped from the air. Still marching towards Burma. 

10 January Death of C.O. His place possibly to be taken by the 2nd in command, Mohammed Ayub Khan (later President of Pakistan). 

22 January Letter about officers and Japanese, and the advance in Burma. 

13 February Has majority: the campaign a costly one. 

15 February Mentions the Maharaja of Manipur and his brother 

18 February About an article in the press mentioning the unit and him. 

7 March Japanese in full retreat. Lt. Col Parsons appointed C.O. 

15 March With the 19th Indian Division under General Rees. 

29 March His unit have freed Anglo-Indians and Anglo-Burmese interned by the Japs. Japanese have stripped the country. Gurkha officer finds his family in Maymo starving. In the victory parade at Mandalay Fort.

3 April Been entertaining ex-internees and ex-refugees. 

11 April Has been in action again. 

18 April Major Ayub Khan transferred to old unit. 

25 April Old orderly dies in hospital. 

5 May Action. Personal. Rangoon fallen. 

10 May V.E. day. Spent mostly in action. Does not see the end of Jap war under 18 months. 

18 May Fighting Japanese fierce resistance east of Toungoo. 

26 May Monsoon making things difficult. Describes ruin of Burmese through the Japanese inflationary rate of exchange. 

29 May Army activities from when he joined the 1st Btn. The Assam Regt.when it was in the23rd Indian Division, covering the withdrawal of Alexander's Army, up to the fall of Rangoon. 

30 May Expresses disgust at Parliamentary talk of improving Amenities in the East, which he considers very poor. 

5 June Still in action. Personal, about conditions. 

12 June Complains about no repatriation arrangements for Indian Army. Mopping-up operations. 

24 June (2 letters) Regimental 4th Birthday party described. Each tribe did its own songs and dances. 

28 June Has led a most successful action. 

5 July Concern for Indian troops. Sepoys get no family allowance. Asks for cigarettes from Welsh mission supporters instead of temperance tracts. 

12 July Still on 'mopping-up'. 

19 July Mentions Wavell's talks in Simla failing again. 

31 July Demobilisation plans. Japanese war coming to an end. 

6 August Has been allotted a Japanese sword. 

17 August Feelings about armistice marred by a grenade exploding among his men. No cause for celebration, only gratitude and remembrance. 

27 August Has been ill. Personal. 

13 September Personal. The Company gave a party for the local children. 

21 September Comments on Self-Government in India. 

26 September Wants to be present for Dasera which he has always missed. 

2 October Effects of mepacrine on malaria. 

10 October Been inspecting Jap P.O.W. camp. Been to Gracie Fields' show. 

14 October Leave assured by posting of Lushai commissioned Officer (Captain Sailo) as 2nd-in-command, a chieftain class. Dasera ceremony of goat-head decapitation taken place at start of festival, a week of celebration. 

18 October Dasera ending. Going on leave to Ranikhet. Mentions inflated prices in Bengal, and the starving poor. Plans for life after demobilisation. 

1 November Ranikhet: describes leave. 

14 November Goes to Cawnpore at end of leave via Lucknow, where there is 'hartal' in sympathy with I.N.A. trials. Remarks on I.N.A. 

21 November Back in Calcutta. Seeing Test Match: Australians v East Zone. 

25 November Comments on Calcutta disturbances. Volunteers to command a Company of British military personnel to keep order. Feels the grievances of striking Corporation workers just. Cricket resumed. 

14 December Back with unit. Sails to Rangoon Going with unit to Kalaw. Describes General Rees' farewell parade. 

19 December Chasing dacoits. 

22 December Christmas programme. 


10 January Journey to Kalaw with 130 men, 120 P.O.W.'s and stores. Describes making Kalaw camp comfortable. Release news. 

20 January Still preparing the camp-site. High opinion of Lushai Christians. 

26 January Move down to Meiktila in plains. 

31 January Hints at military changes in Burma. Gives some accounts of the fighting he has been in. 

6 February Packing to leave Kalaw. Japanese Colonel thanks him. Is given a Lushai shawl. 

2 March News they are returning to the hills before the monsoon. Mentions Indian Naval mutiny. 

19 March Back to Maymo - best hill station in Burma. Expensive, due to inflation. 

25 March May be released in September. Gives description of his tent ready for monsoon. 

21 April Tribal dancing on Good Friday. 

28 April Says that conditions in Beyond the Chindwin are what his Battalion has been fighting in. (Book by Claud Wingate). 

12 May Helping police in raids and arrests in remote areas. People not seen troops before. 

23 May As above, arrangements for leaving army. 

30 May Has been helping police to deal with crime in Upper and Lower Chindwin. Describes mopping-up process. Goes round with D.S.P. who is a Shan who shows him great kindness. 

7 June Back in Maymo, preparing for General's visit. News that he is coming home, probably in August. 

16 June About going home, having turned down invitation to extend service for six months by commanding Jungle Warfare School in Burma. 

14 July About returning. Fattening a pig for a farewell party to his Company. 

31 July Has orders to leave for Rangoon. Gives details of what has to be done before leaving. (page missing). 

Miscellaneous collection of undated letters, notes etc. from collection (10 items). 


Collection of newsletters and other items relating to the Assam Regiment from 1946 onwards. 

Assam Regimental Newsletter written from the lst Battalion. The Assam Regiment in Shillong. 

Christmas 1946 by Lt. Col. Hugh Parsons 

March 3, 1947 by Captain Peter Steyn 

May 1947 by Lt. Col. Hugh Parsons 

Christmas 1947 by D.H. Mappin. 

Copy of The Rhino: Silver Jubilee Number of the Assam Regiment's publication. (1941-1966). 

Photograph of Memorial Tablet to Lt. Col. W.F. Brown, D.S.O., O.B.E., Commandant of lst Battalion Assam Regiment, in the parish church at Whittlesey. Unveiled 1950. 

13 December 1947 Preliminary letter from D.E.L.J. about Reunions. 

Assam Regiment Re-Union Club. 

Newsletter No.l, December 1948 (written by D.E.L.J.) 

Appendix 1: With the Second Battalion, N.W. Frontier and Ambala 1946-47, by Lewis Collinson. 4pp. 

Conditions and attitudes of Pathans towards Assam Regiment in 1946-47; tensions, incidents. Description of terrible plight of refugees seen during journey to Ambala. State of refugee camps. Attitude of the men of the Assam Regiment. 

Newsletter No.2, June 1949. 

Appendix 2: 'From a Subaltern's Diary' by G. Mackenzie. Short memoir of December 1941 - assembling and training new recruits at Digboi.

In Burma 1947' by Peter Steyn. Short memoir of the lst Battalion's anti-dacoit operation in Mandalay.

Newsletter No.3 10 December 1949 

Newsletter No.4 1 May 1950 

Newsletter No.5 2 December 1950 

Appendix 3: 

'Dacoit operations in Burma, 1946', by Peter Steyn. Anecdotes of the Battalion in Burma. 

Newsletter No.6 18 May 1951 

Appendix 4: 

'With the 2nd at Ranipet' by R.E. Jenks. Incident of camp flooding. 

Newsletter No.7 December 1951. 

Mentions collection of photographs of the Naga Hills compiled by Mr. Kiernan (over 500) which he wished to increase and complete. 

Newsletter No.8 17 May 1952 

Appendix 5: 

'Incident during Independence arrangements in Sylhet' by J.S. Collicut. 

Newsletter No.9 December 1952. 

Contains account of returning to Assam as a tea-planter by Peter Steyn, 1952. Conditions in Bombay, Calcutta and from the tea-garden in Assam. Comments on Nehru, Naga situation and state of Assam. 

Also included in a newspaper cutting about Commission of Inquiry appointed in October 1952 to inquire into outbreak of disorder in Kohima. 

Appendix 6: 

'Account of Delhi after August 15, 1947 during the fighting'. (Description of the refugee Camp at Humayan's Tomb controlled by J. Walmesley, (q.v.) Lady Arthur Smith, Mrs. B.K. Nehru and Bishop Mukerjee. Psychological attitudes. 

'Disease', by Peter Steyn. Written, January 1948. 

Appendix 7: 

A brief article on the Tribal Areas of Assam: The Autonomous Districts, the N.E. Frontier Agency, and Government Development Projects, by Thenphunga Sailo. 

Newsletter No.10 May 1953 

Newsletter No.11 November 1953 

Account by Peter Steyn of the changes which had taken place in Digboi in the ten years since the lst Battalion was there. Also account of the changes in the Abor district in 1950 due to the earthquake: Missionaries and Naga troubles.. 

Newsletter No. 12 May 1954 

Account of Shillong newspaper of the History and achievements of the Assam Regiment at the unveiling of their War Memorial in Shillong. The writer, D. Lloyd Jones, mentions his trek in 1943 with Gyles Mackrell - quotation from The Daily Telegraph, 24 February 1954 about his rescue work for refugees in the Chaukan Pass. (See Mackrell: FILMS). 

Newsletter No.13 December 1954 

Quotations from Daily Telegraph about trouble among the tribes of the N.E. Frontier of India, and also about the British patterns preserved in the Indian Army. Quotation from The Times about Kohima. 

Newsletter No.14 May 1955 

Appendix 8: 

'The Rhino and Running Water' - an account of an amusing war incident by Major Amar Sen of the Assam Regiment. 

Newsletter No.15 November 1955 

Newsletter No.16 June 1956 

Quotations about the Maharaja of Manipur and the Indian National Army Memorial. 

Newsletter No.17 November 1956 

Appendix 9: 

Regimental Newsletter from Assam and letter from P.B. Singh, The Palace, Imphal, Manipur State. (Brother of the Maharajah). 

Newsletter No.18 May 1957 

Brief account of P. Steyn's visit to the Battalion in Shillong, and other letters. 

Newsletter No.19 December 1957 

Newsletter No.20 June 1958 

Newsletter No.21 November 1958 

Newsletter No.22 June 1959 

Description of Regimental Reunion in Assam 

Newsletter No.23 November 1959 

Obituary notice from The Times of Major-General T. Wynford Rees. 

Newsletters No.24 June 1960 to No.33, June 1964 

Newsletter No.34 December 1964 

Obituary from The Times of Sir Robert Reid. 

Newsletters No.35 June 1965 to No.37, June 1966 

Newsletter No.38 February 1967 

Book Review of Kohima by Arthur Swainson and ensuing correspondence in the Kentish Gazette. 

Newsletter No.39 June 1967 

Reproduction from the Arny list of the Assam Regiment, Part 2 of October 1945. 

Newsletters No.40 March 1968 to No.42, April 1969. 

Newsletter No.43 January 1970 

Brief extract from Mr. Eric Lambert's diary of siege of Kohima. 

Newsletters No.44 June 1970 to No.46, June 1971. 

Newsletter No.47 February 1972 

Account of the unveiling of the memorial to the Indian Allied Forces 1946 - 1947 in St. Paul's Cathedral. 

Newsletter No.4 July 1972 

Newsletter No.49 February 1973 

'Return to India and the Assam Regiment', 1972 by D.E. Lloyd Jones. 15pp. 

Detailed diary of a month's tour of India and Assam by Mr and Mrs. Lloyd Jones, visiting friends, and battalions of the Assam Regiment, where they were welcomed very warmly. 

Newsletters No.50 July 1973 to No.51, January 1974 

Newsletter No.52 June 1974 

'India and Nepal 1973: a sentimental journey' by Lt. Colonel E.H.M. Parsons. 

Detailed diary of Colonel Parsons' return trip to India, at the invitation of the Commandant of the Assam Regimental Centre in Shillong. 14pp. 

Newsletter No.53 February 1975 

Newsletter No.54 - June 1975 

Mentions the Centre of South Asian Studies' activities, in particular the films. 

Newsletters of the Assam Regiment Reunion Club No.l, 19. 

Including 'Return to India and the Assam Regiment: 1972' by Colonel D.E. Lloyd Jones, and 'India and Nepal, 1973: a sentimental journey', by Lt. Colonel E.H.M. Parsons. TS appendices to Newsletters Nos. 

Photograph of memorial plaque to the Assam Regiment in the parish church of St. Andrews, Whittlesey - Dedicated 1950. 


David Edward Evans: a Welshman in India, by D.E. Loyd Jones, M.C., B.A, Reprinted from the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Session 1967, Part 1. 

Short biography of D.E. Evans 1885. Joined Indian Navy - 1888; Indian General Steam Navigation and Railway Co. of Calcutta; joined Ralli Bros. as consulting engineer: became Superintendent Engineer - 1931. 

(Newsletters of the Assam Regimental Association continue to be received yearly). 


Given by Emma Lloyd Jones 

Exhibition. 'India: drawings from an album' March 20th - April 5th 1979. 

Printed catalogue of drawings and watercolours by professional and amateur artists working in India at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Published by Spink & Son Ltd., of London. 


Major General Stewart Loch 

Small Collections Box 15

Given by Brigadier I.D. Loch 

Collection of letters to Major General Stewart Loch 

  1. From the Commander-in-Chief in India, Field Marshal Lord Birdwood, 4 November 1925, C. in C's Camp. Congratulations on promotion to Mayor General.
  2. 22 December 1925 Delhi. Has opened Khyber Railway and inspected cantonments round Peshawar. Hopes to inspect in C. India before Legislative Council.
  3. 27 January 1927 C. in C's Camp, India (Lucknow). Refers to Brigadier Loch's son shortly coming out. Marched 250 miles along Burma-China frontier.
  4. 14 April 1929 C. in C's Camp, India (Khyber). Regarding the future prospects for Captain Clive of the 47th.Sikhs.
  5. a. 28 May 1929 Simla. Further on Clive's future: possibility of Military Accounts Department. Mentions getting Contract Budget out of Finance Department, and benefit to army in being prepared for war. Comments on attitude of politicians and Swarajists. Comments Afghan situation.
    b. Envelope.
  6. From Office of the Commandant Q.V.O. Madras Sappers and Miners to Major General Loch as Colonel of. the Regiment, 1 April 1938 offering a present of a small bronze statuette of a Madras Sapper as token of interest and help.
  7. From Major P.A.. Tucker, 4 December 1939. Acknowledging letter of thanks with the Corps Orders containing Major General Lochs message to Regiment.
    From Maharaja of Mysore: Acknowledgements and congratulations. 
  8. From Chief Engineer, Northern Command, Murree, 8 June 1941, telling Major General Loch that his son has served under him. Mentions Sanders Soldiers' Home at Topa.
  9. Photograph with identification. plan of H.Q. Staff Group (77) Lord Kitchener, central figure, flanked by Major Gen. Sir A.A. Barrett and Lt. General Sir Beauchamp Duff. Captain G.G. Loch included. Taken by Bourne & Shepherd, Simla.

See also: Photographs 


Small Collections Box 15

Given by Colonel and Mrs. J.S. Lord 

Punjab: 1944-1946 

  1. Programme of the Baluch Regiment's Regimental Reunion and Commanding Officer's Conference including the Centenary Celebrations of the 4th Battalion, Rawalpindi, 23-26 October 1946.
  2. Programme of Trooping of the Regimental Colour of the 4th Battalion (the Duke of Connaught's Own) The Baluch Regiment on the occasion of the Centenary of the Battalion at Lawrence Lines, Rawalpindi 24 October 1946.
  3. Programme of Beating of the Retreat by the Drums and Pipes of 4th Battalion (D.C.O.) the Baluch Regiment and the Baluch Regimental Centre, Rawalpindi, 23 October 1946.
  4. The Baluch Regiment: Regimental News Precis No. 16, May 1946. For Private Circulation; contains reports of the Baluch Regimental Centre; reports from the Battalions; some experiences.
  5. a. Bulletins of the Women's Voluntary Services in Sind No. 2 October 1944 - May 1945. b. No. 3 June-December, 1945.
  6. TS copy of Recommendation by Lady Bird, Hon. Army Representative, Central Indian Army Welfare Committee, 30 March 1945, that a Women's Institute should be started in the Baluch Regimental Centre.
  7. Letter from Sir Hugh Dow, Governor of Sind, 20 December 1945 in thanks for the presents given to him and his wife from the Baluch Regimental Welfare Centre.
  8. Letter from Sir Hugh Dow congratulating Mrs. Lord on her MBE 1 January 1946.
  9. Letter from the Commander of "C" Training Battalion - same subject, 5 January 1946.
  10. A tribute to Mrs. Lord and those who helped her in taking the women and children. of the Regiment to a cinema show, on 23 January 1946.
  11. Letter from the Hon. Organising Secretary of the W.V.S. New Delhi, congratulating Mrs. Lord on her MBE, 25 January 1946.
  12. a.-e. Five hand-painted and hand written farewell concert programmes, and farewell addresses to Mrs. Lord on leaving the Regimental Centre where she had done so much for the welfare of the women and children of the Centre, and an appreciation from the W.V.S. Amenities Group, April and August 1946.
  13. Videotape of six 8 mm. films of Baluch Regimental Reunion and Centenary Celebrations, Trooping the Colour; return of the Battalion in 1945 and farewell concert and parade for Colonel and Mrs. Lord.

See also: Films.


Given by C. Lorimer 

Burma, India general. 1732-1942 

A brief description of Mr Lorimer's donation is provided in Volume 3 of Cambridge South Asian Archive. A fuller inventory is given below. This includes further items received from Mr Lorimer. 

The family connections both commercial and military with India and Burma start with David Kelly who worked for the Dutch East India Co. in the early eighteenth century, and terminate with Mr. C. Lorimer's departure from Burma during the evacuation in 1942, when he got out of Burma using the Tamu route into India. This exodus is particularly well-covered in the papers both in C.L.'s own account 'Exit from Burma' and in a memoir 'Burma Exodus ? January-June 1942' by H.P. West on the staff of Steel Bros., and in other accompanying papers 

The commercial aspect of these papers is shown in the connections of various members of the Lorimer family with the East India Co., and in this century C.L.'s employment since 1925 with Steel Bros., at their rice-mills in Rangoon. His letters to his mother (1929-30) and his diaries which cover the whole of his service in Burma (1925-42) give an insight into the social and business life of contemporary Burma. 

The historical documents include 9 army commissions of the East India CO., conferred on. Colonel John Crow (1779-1813 and a distant relative of C.L.) and cover his career from Ensign to Colonel. There is also a xerox of 10 commissions of Major William Wyld great uncle of C.L., covering the period 1836-1862). 

Relating to the Mutiny period in India are the papers of Major Laughton, Chief Engineer at the siege of Delhi until 22 June 1857. (See Laughton papers in Volume I of Catalogue). These came from the papers of Major W. Wyld (1817-1902) who was in the 4th Light Cavalry, and Military Secretary to Sir John Lawrence during the mutiny. There is a xerox copy of Major Wyld's account of his efforts to round-up single handed, mutineers of the 4th Light Cavalry in 1857. Also letters and telegrams from this period. There is a xerox copy of the proclamation of the Mutiny in Urdu dated 28 May 1857 from the Covernor General. 


Manuscript of Mr Lorimer's proposed book entitled "East India Saga a Family Story 1732-1944" written in 1968. 507 ff. 

Chapters 1-17 give details of the Lorimer family and their connections with India. 

Chapters 18-21 give details of Christopher Lorimer's work and life with Steel Brothers in London, Burma and Bengal. 

Chapter 20 - Diary from December 1941 - March 1942 covers the Japanese invasion into Burma and the evacuation. 


Sketches, maps and other items to be included in proposed book "East India Saga". 34 ff. 

Form of Prayer and Thanksgiving to commemorate peace in all churches and chapels in the Indian dioceses, 28 July, 1859. 3 ff. 

Register of graves in the mission, Tiretta, North and South Cemeteries in Park Street, Calcutta. Printed at the Jobbing Press in 1900. Also various notes by the donor on possible relations, and Plan of the Old and Disused Burial Grounds in South Calcutta

The Ceylon Gazetteer. Published by Simon Casie Chitty, Modhar 1834. Also newspaper cutting n.d. containing letter on the name Sri Lanka. 

Copy of The Nation, Rangoon 23 April, 1959. 

Copy of Arms Licence, Form No. XVI, issued by the Government of Burma, 1938. Record of R.R. Stodart's Coffee Planting in Ceylon 1862-1948 (with a note by Mr Lorimer dated 1976). 

Bengal Atlas. Published by order of the East India Company, by James Rennell, 1761. 55 pp.; 21 maps; frontispiece. 

Notices of old merchants and other firms in Burma collected by Mr Lorimer in 1938 from "Recollections and Reflections" by Malcus Agabeg. 41 ff. 


Letters to Major Laughton in June 1857 during the Siege of Delhi where he was Chief Engineer. Also several memoranda written by Laughton.on his work during the Siege. An Army Commission of Captain William Wyld's 20 September, 1852 to become Deputy Judge Advocate General for European Court Martials at Wuzeerabad. An account of events written in May (author probably Laughton or Wyld). 49 ff. 

"Burma Exodus" January-June 1942. Compiled from a diary and notebook kept by H.P. West, a member of Steel Brothers staff. 15 ff. 

Note on Tamu route into India by E.S. Pinfold dated Lanywa 29 November, 1942. 2 ff. 

Copy of letter from Edgar Jennings, District Superintendent of Police, Thaton, Camp Mandalay to Assistant Inspector General of Police, Burma. n.d. 5 ff. 

Part of The Illustrated Weekly of India 21 June, 1942. 6 ff. 

A typescript copy of a memoir entitled "Exit from Burma" written by Mr Lorimer in 1942 originally for the Eastern Army. 70 ff. 


Correspondence, memoranda, proclamations and telegrams 1850-1858 (but mainly 1858) covering the time when Wyld was Assistant Military Secretary to Sir John Lawrence. They refer to the various arsenals and ammunition requirements, troop movements and general army matters from many towns involved in mutiny engagements throughout the Punjab. Also included in the collection are: (1) papers dealing with Wyld's financial situation and retirement pension; (2) price list taken from the Punjab Government Gazette during the famine of 1861; (3) letters of commendation on Wyld; (4) the Umballa Crime Report for 1861. 285 ff. The items in this box are still in the course of arrangement. 


Correspondence relating to applications made by W. Wyld for benefits after retirement from Indian Army covering 1858-1868. ff 1-34. 

Marching routes, mileage and descriptions near Lahore, Wuzeerabad, 1850-1852. Report on Lieutenant Wyld. Army commission. ff 35-42. 

Telegraphs to Sir John Lawrence and others on troop movements and reports on the military engagements 1858. Notes and correspondence to Wyld in Delhi 1857 from several towns in Punjab. Translation of a letter from several Subhadars in Umballa to others in Delhi giving details of troop movements with a letter of reply. Letters from his brother, Tom Wyld. ff 43-82. 

Letters to Mrs Wyld - (probably 1857). ff 83-88. 

1856-1857. Letters from Meerut, Umballa, Cawnpore. Troop movements, personal receipts, several comments on the mutiny. Obituary notice of William Wyld n.d. Other letters of 1867, 1884. Major W. Wyld's Journal, hand written copy written in letter form to Robert, probably his nephew, recounts his life in India in some detail in Cawnpore in 1836, Kurnaul in 1737 with 4th Light Cavalry, Simla in 1839 for health reasons, with Lord Auckland to Lahore and Runjeet Singh in 1840. ff 89-133. 

Two genealogies of Wyld and Lorimer Families. Letter from Lady Layard to Viscountess Duncannon 18 November, 1905. Description of her arrival in Bombay and journey to Abbottabad. ff 134-50. 


Contains family correspondence within the United Kingdom mostly relating to Major Wyld. 

  1. Folder containing:
    • 9 East India Company Army Commissions conferred on Colonel John Crow. 1813, 1804, 1802, 1797, 1796, 1796, 1788, 1781, 1779. 9 ff.
    • 10 East India Company Army Commissions conferred on Major William Wyld. 1836, 1839, 1838, 1840, 1850, 1850, 1837, 1837, 1864, 1862. 10 ff.
    • Marriage Certificate between William Wyld and Jane Kennedy, 18 July 1843 at Nussurabad. 1 ff.
  2. Letter from Sakeld to Major Laughton, 15 June 1857.
  3. Telegraph about Rani of Jhansi and other troop movements, 13 April 1858.
  4. Proclamation in Urdu, 28 May 1857.
  5. Photocopies of 4 Mutiny Proclamations, 25, 27 and 29 May 1857.
  6. >2 letters between donor and Miss J.R. Watson of the India Office Library, February 1967. 20 ff.
  7. >Copies of 3 papers of Procedures, Bombay Castle, August 1762 and Surat 14, 20 and 21 December 1762. 3 ff.
  8. Xeroxed copies of Dutch ships ledger. Stores taken on board ship sailing to Far East from Holland 1695, 1706, 1708, 1712, 1736. 13 ff.
  9. Collection of sketches mostly by William Wyld. 19 ff.
  10. Sketch book probably belonging to William Wyld with 50 sketches.
  11. Also letter 23.12.1901 from J Wyld(e) to Ben about the sketch book
  12. Sketch book belonging to William Wyld 1845, 28 drawings.
  13. Book containing miscellaneous items connected with David Kelly such as photographs, letters, sketches, maps and his Will dated 13 April, 1772. 65 ff.


  1. The British Residency at Hyderabad (framed) (coloured print: drawn by Captain Grindlay in 1833. Etched by J. Willis. 'Engraved by R.G. Reeve.)
  2. Colonel Mordaunt's Cock Match (framed). At Lucknow in the Province of Oude in the year 1786 at which were present several high and distinguished personages. T. Zoffany pinxt. R. Earlom sculp. London. (Coloured print.)
  3. Portfolio containing Views in Calcutta (1794) by W. Baillie (12 coloured prints).
  4. Views in the Burman Empire (n.d.) drawn on the spot by Captain J. Kershaw, 13th Light Infantry. Engraved by William Daniell, R.A.
  5. Vignette with principal subscribers and six typescript pages of description of the prints.
  6. Bound volume of (1) Moore's Coloured Views of Rangoon (1825), 18 prints; and (2) Six prints engraved by H. Pyall (1826). Also Notes to Rangoon Views (1825).


  1. 42" x 26", Dedicated: 'A map of the East Indies and the adjacent countries; with the settlements, factories and territories, explaining what belongs to England, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal etc., with many remarks not extant in any other map. By Herman Moll Geographer to the Directors of the Honourable United East India Company this map is most humbly dedicated by your most obedient servant Herman Moll Geographer.' About 1710.
  2. 40" x 24" Dedicated: 'To the Right Honourable William Lord Cowper, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. This map of Asia according to the newest and most exact observations is most humbly dedicated by your Lordship's most humble servant Herman Moll Geographer.' About 1710.
  3. Wall map of Burma. W. and A.K. Johnston Ltd., Edinburgh and London n.d.
  4. Map of the Federated Shan States: one inch to 16 miles. Sd. J. Clague 1933.
  5. (Chart) 834 Bay of Bengal ? Burma-Pegu. Bassein River and approaches. (Marine Survey of India 1889-90) 1980.
  6. (Chart) 3772 Bay of Bengal - Burma. Calventuras to Bassein R. (From surveys by Officers of The Marine Survey of India 1889-1910) 1980.

Additional material:

  1. Typescript career record of a boxwallah, Joseph Boardman Clark, born May 1905. Service record 1925-1951 of business career in Southeast Asia, China and Middle East. 7pp.
  2. Steel Brothers and Company Ltd. Memorandum and Articles of Association. London 1929. 34pp.

See also Books and Photographs. 


(E.H. Lucette) 

Small Collections Box 15

Ceylon. Administration reports. Part IV. Education, Science, and Art (E): 

Administration report on the working of cooperative societies from 1 May 1935 to 30 April 1936. September 1936. Colombo, Ceylon Government Press, 1936. 

Administration report on the working of cooperative societies from 1 May 1936 to 30 April 1937. September 1937. Colombo, Ceylon Government Press, 1937.