Beth wrote:I'm still a bit puzzled that my chap ended up in Kussowlie - his battalion was in Bangalore, it seems rather a long way to send a humble private to convalesce. If he needed the hills, I would have thought Darjeeling would have been a bit closer. Also I presume he was accompanied by his wife &, by then, four children. How would they have got there - presumably ship to Calcutta first, but then what? Possibly train from Calcutta to Delhi? And then... Would they have been part of a larger group? If so, who/what did this group comprise? I can't imagine a convalescent soldier & his family would have been let lose to make their way up to the hills on their own.
So many questions. I'd love to go back in time to be a 'fly on the wall' - so long as I could get back quickly!
All the best,
Beth, unbelievable as it may seem, until the train lines were extensively laid, all onwards travel after taking a boat as far as possible, was done by unsprung bullock carts at approx 2mph. It often took several weeks to reach a destination and there were organised way stations along the route.