Amarpal Sidhu wrote:
Thanks for the tip - havent noticed this book before and it looks interesting. Will check it out
I assume that you know about these books, but just in case.
Swinson & Scott eds. The Memoirs of Private Waterfield ( Cassell . London. 1968)
Ryder John . Four Years Service in India (1844-48) ( W.H. Burton . Leicester 1853)
Robert Waterfield was a private and John Ryder a corporal in the 32nd Foot during the 'Second Sikh war'. Although the 32nd didn't play a major part in the conflict they did fight at Multan, Gujerat and were at Cheniote. Waterfield and Ryder give short but vivid accounts, from the point of view of rankers, of both the fighting, atrocities committed and the 'death march' of the 32nd from the Sutlej to Multan, in August 1848, during which they lost over 20 dead from heat and lack of water.
I'll be looking forward to the publication (as an e-book ?) as I'm planning to do a doctoral thesis (socio-military history) on the 'tour of duty' of the 32nd in the sub-continent 1846-59, when and if I get my Lucknow-related stuff out of the way and finish my current M.A.
Very unlikely because he was then a mere ensign who arrived from England during the fighting at Multan, but if you come across any mention (none in Ryder or Waterfield) of Sam Lawrence of the 32nd, I'd be delighted to hear about it.
Best of luck with the book