Tony Cheung & Ken Phillips visited Reading Museum on 5.9.2015 to see a special exhibition of India's contribution to World War I. The exhibition was opened a few months ago to emphasize the huge contribution in men, money, material (even animals such as horses and bullocks) that India made to the War Effort. The exhibition is only open for another couple of weeks, and consists mostly of posters about the Indian Army, what they did, how their wounded were cared for, and particular individuals who did outstanding service. It was all very moving - Tony photographed most of the posters. We putting just a few on the Hikmat Blog for people to look at.
Tony & Ken
Tony has been searching on eBay for possibly interesting items relating to the WW1 Chinese Labour Corps attached to the British Army. He has found a "certificate of attestation" of a Private Albert Arthur Edgar whose address was SE London. We think he was "demobbed" in 1921, after the war, but at some stage he was involved with the Chinese Labour Corps. As he was British, it's likely that he was in charge of Chinese labourers in some capacity. We are posting a couple of images from the certificate that Tony bought on-line as possibly the most interesting - there is a British Army service number that could help elucidate his background from the Forces on-line web site if someone has a subscription to this site.
(Ken Phillips & Tony Cheung, 9.9.2015)