kellysgirl wrote:Many thanks Maureen,
I lived in India for 8 months and in Pakistan for 2 years (diplomatic service) and know Sialkot, Peshawar and Agra (India) to some degree, so this is of great interest to me. I know less about Aden but will look it up. I suppose they were just peacekeeping (and drinking!).
kellysgirl wrote:Very many thanks Frogsmile. That book sounds just the ticket (chitty?). I'll see if I can get a copy. Sialkot cantonement must have been a very different world from the Dublin slum in which 'my' soldier had grown up. He was 17 when he joined the Surreys and 19 when they sent him to India. The places I enjoyed most when in India myself were Rawalpindi & Peshawar, and the concept of cantonments, civil lines, military lines, etc still lives on in street names there. There are still military outfitters there who will make you up a tie of any regiment and you can still buy your solar topee and 'up country' gear in the bazaars.
kellysgirl wrote:With huge thanks to Frogsmile, Maureen and others who so kindly answered my queries on here, I am pleased to announce that my latest novel is now on sale in paperback and kindle via Amazon. 'Running with Crows - The Life and Death of a Black and Tan' by DJ Kelly tells the story of William Mitchell, the only member of HM Crown Forces hanged for murder during the Irish War of Independence. The culmination of my 2 years' research into Mitchell and his antecedents, it charts his childhood in Dublin's worst slum district, his adolescence in the tannery district of south London (Bermondsey) and his service with the Royal West Surreys in India and, via his difficult exeriences in the Great War, serving in the trenches with the 16th Lancers, to his fateful recruitment as a Black and Tan which led him ultimately to the scaffold.
I was able to draw on Frank Richards' books since he served in the same locations in India as Mitchell, as well as on my own experiences of living in those same locations (Sialkot, Delhi, Agra etc). Some of the stories in Richards' books were apocryphal and are still being recounted by locals to young diplomats visiting Pakistan and India today, so I hope I may be forgiven for adapting them to complement the true incidents reflected in the regimental diaries of the 'Scarlet Lancers'.
Do have a look at my very short book trailer on You Tube and keep an eye out for some very postive reviews which are shortly to be posted on Amazon. Regards to all.
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