Photographs relating to the service of Major Ian Kingzett with the 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment during the Interwar period. Locations include:
Madras: C-in-C (Sir Philip Chetwode) inspecting the battalion in 1932; visit of C-in-C East India Squadron (RN) to Madras in 1932, includes photograph of HMS HAWKINS; Inspection of the battalion by General Sir William Marshall in 1932; Church parade during Sir George Stanley's inspection of the battalion in 1932; the regimental band playing at Madras Races on Governor's Cup Day 1932; group photographs of officers of the battalion in 1932; 'C' Company rugby team, winners of the battalion rugby cup in 1932; 12 Platoon's Spencer's Cup winning team in 1932; 'C' Company tug-of-war team, winners of the battalion cup in 1932 and the battalion Boxing Team in 1933. Other events covered include the Madras Horse Shows of 1932 and 1933 (including a portrait of the mule from 12 Platoon that won 1st prize in 1932); hunt meetings in 1933 and 1934 and North Staffords 'At Home' Regimental gymkhana in 1933. Also some nice photographs of barracks and the Flying Club and interior of the officers' mess at Fort St George in 1932.
Nasirabad: Polo and officers vs sergeants rugby in 1931; King's birthday parade, 1931.
Wellington Barracks, India: 1st Staffordshires HQ Guard, 1932; Gymkhana in 1933.
Ootacamund: Hunt 1932; horse race meeting and race ball in 1933.
Trimulgherry: Armistice Day Parade at Meadows Barracks in 1934.
Gibraltar: Warships in harbour, 1930; Gibraltar fox hounds on the racecourse in 1930.
There is also a sequence of photographs relating to a flight taken by Kingzett between Madras and Mysore via Bangalore in 1933. Also various off duty scenes and familiy holiday photographs with locations including Ceylon, many photographs taken in Colombo; Hong Kong; Japan (Enoshima, Kamakura, Kobe, Kyoto, Nikko, Tokyo, Yokohama); Penang; Shanghai and Singapore. Also from Singapore are a set of aerial photographs taken in 1934 by the Royal Air Force showing the Jahore Causeway; Janjong Kantong; Kalang; Port Dickson, Singaport city and Hawker Horsley aircraft in flight.
From the end of the Second World War are a small number of photographs relating to Kingzett's time with occupation forces at Hameln on the River Wesser in Lower Saxony. These include a nice image of an early VW Beetle.
Two photographs albums, both with mock brown leather covered card covers, with photographic prints glued onto the pages with accompanying handwritten captions either on the pages on prints. Pages in both albums are laced in. One album has around half its pages detached. Also 11 loose album pages (not from the above albums) again the prints have been fixed using glue and captions are handwritten on the pages. Also loose black and white photographic prints of varying size, some with annotations on reverse. A set of RAF aerial photographs mainly carry stamps from RAF Singapore on the reverse.
The Second World War was the most destructive conflict in human history. Years of international tension and aggressive expansion by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany culminated in the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later.