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Photographs Album details for shelfmark Photo 18/9

Auchinleck Collection: Final departure of British troops from Fort St.George.

Photographers: Unknown.
Contents: 11 prints 77x129mm to 157x208mm Gelatin silver prints
Provenance: Presented by General Sir Geoffrey Scoone.
Subjects: British Army - Essex Regiment - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - parades
Description: Mottled grey, post-bound album, 215x290mm, containing prints mounted at the corners with hinges. Pages are interleaved with tissue. Handwritten notes describe the historic events as the last British battalion leaves Fort St.George. A label on the inside front cover reads: 'Presented to the India Office Library by General Sir Geoffrey Scoones'. A handwritten dedication on the same page reads: ''The Last Chapter'. Fort St.George, Madras, 1754-1947. Presented to H.E. Field Marshal Sir Claude J. E. Auchinleck, GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE, Colonel the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, by the Commander and Staff of H.Q. Madras Area'.

The front free endpaper carries a brief history of British occupation of Fort St.George as follows: '1754 The Thirty Ninth Regiment of Foot accompanied by a detachment of Royal Artllery landed at Fort St.George. To the 1st Bn The Dorsetshire Regiment (Late 39th Foot) thus belongs the honour of being the 1st regiment of the British Army to land in India..Their regimental motto 'Primus in Indis' commemorates the honour. 1947. 1st August The drums of the 1st Bn The Essex Regiment beat 'Retreat' in Fort St.George to mark the departure of the last British battalion to be stationed in Fort St.George. 4th August The 1st Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, together with the drums of the last British battalion (1st Essex) to be stationed in the Fort, paraded ceremonially before the General Officer Commanding, Madras Area (Maj. General D.A.L. Wade, CB, OBE, MC}'.

The following prints are included in the album: Prints 1-4 1st August 1947 The last 'Retreat' by [the] drums of the 1st Battalion The Essex Regiment (C.O. Lt Col C.S. Mills). Prints 5-10 4th August 1947 The last parade by 1st Bn The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (C.O. Lt Col J.R. Filmer-Bennet, MC). Print 11 The Area Commander addressing the parade In [the] foreground [is] the regimental crest of [the] 3rd Sikh Light Infantry who took over from 1st Essex.

Album contents:-
Photo 18/9(0) Final Departure of troops from Fort St George, Madras. 

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