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Postcard

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Description: This postcard shows five wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. They are accompanied by one British soldier, presumably a medic corporal judging by the insignia on the right arm of his uniform.

A black 'x' has been marked on the front of the postcard above the individual sitting on the left of the front row. A message on the reverse of the card suggests that this is 'Jamga Singh VC'. A further handwritten note requests that the sender's mother should not send another muffler.

During the First World War, Brighton's Royal Pavilion was used as a military hospital. Between December 1914 and January 1916, the former royal palace was used for native Indian soldiers who fought alongside British troops in Europe. Brighton's position on the south coast made it a suitable location for troops wounded on the battlefields of France. However, the decision to use the Pavilion for Indian soldiers was largely inspired by its distinctive architecture.

While the Indian soldiers seem to have been well cared for, the event was also widely publicised. The wounded Indians were frequently photographed, often in the company of native British troops. Many of these photographs were made into official postcards which could be bought in local shops.

In part, these images may have satisfied local curiosity about these exotic arrivals. It is also likely that they were used for propaganda purposes. In the early years of the First World War, the benign British Empire was often favourably compared with the naked aggression of Germany. The tolerance and care shown towards Britain's 'fighting sons of the east' could clearly be used to support this idea.
Categories: Timeline/ 1910s, Timeline/ World War One (1914-1918), Collections / Local & Social History, Learning Themes/ WW1/ Photographs, Learning Themes/ Royal Pavilion/ Indian Military Hospital (1914-1916), Collections / Local & Social History/ Historic Postcards  

Copyright & Re-use

Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Licence: CC BY-SA

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Postcard
Title (of Artwork / Object): Postcard
Date Created (of Object / Artwork): 1915
Description (Object or Artwork): This postcard shows five wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. They are accompanied by one British soldier, presumably a medic corporal judging by the insignia on the right arm of his uniform. A black 'x' has been marked on the front of the postcard above the individual sitting on the left of the front row. A message on the reverse of the card suggests that this is 'Jamga Singh VC'. A further handwritten note requests that the sender's mother should not send another muffler.
Source (of Object / Artwork): Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
Subject tags:
history
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indian
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local
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photograph
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postcard
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soldier
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WWI
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Royal Pavilion
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Brighton & Hove
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Royal Pavilion Indian Hospital
   
Other Keywords: local history, social history
Place:
Latitude: 50.8224
Longitude: -0.1377

File info

Original Filename: dmas_ha903328_d01_ab10.jpg
Media: Image
Size: 2.21 MB; 2640 x 4317 pixels; 224 x 366 mm (print at 300 DPI); 698 x 1142 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Portrait

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: HA903328