To India and Back in 1914

To India and Back

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This is an account of a voyage from Britain to India and back made by an Insurance Clerk. His voyage started just before the outbreak of WW1 and provides a fascinating picture of the world at that time, and in particular shows the condescending attitude of the British towards India and its population in the Edwardian era. The author's diary ran to three volumes, but unfortunately the first is lost and the story starts in India with the second volume.

I have researched the lives of the two principal characters - the author of the diaries and the Master of the vessel on which he travelled. There is also a 'Glossary' page, available from the menu that explains some of the Indian words used. You will have a better appreciation of the diaries if you read the introductory pages first and move through the material using the forward and backward links provided at the bottom of each page - but of course, if you prefer, you can jump around using the menu, from where you can also access other sections of the Benjidog Historical Research Resources website, give feedback, view the visitors book and access search facilities.

Brian Watson
16 January 2023

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  • 24 August 2020: Initial publication
  • 16 January 2023: Site rebuilt with php, style updated, introductory pages edited and errors corrected.

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