British officer served with 2nd Bn Glostershire Regt and Army Educational Corps in India, 1919-1937
REEL 1 Recollections of period as officer with 2nd Bn Gloucestershire Regt in India, 1919-1920: background to enlistment in army, 1914; memories of service on Western Front during First World War; reaction to posting to India; beneficial effect of Indian climate on health; army advice for kitting out; instances of inter-racial conflict; complaints by Indians against troops; attitude to service at Ahmednagar; relation of proficiency pay to educational certificates.
REEL 2 Continues: duties as unit educational officer; low educational standard of army recruits; vocational nature and standards of certificates; eradication of illiteracy in army; obtaining kit in India; character of troopship voyage from GB to India, 1919; changing money on arrival in Bombay; initial impressions of India; work as unit entertainments officer; auditioning for concert parties and work as band president. Recollections of period as officer with Army Educational Corps in India, 1920-1937: recruitment to newly formed corps, 11/1920.
REEL 3 Continues: poor treatment of army schoolmasters; training of army schoolmistresses; duties as District Education Officer at Rawalpindi; supervision of army children's schools; Indian troop's keenness for education in comparison with British troops; certificate syllabi; standardisation of syllabus of army children's schools to avoid problems caused by family moves; inspection visits; promotional prospects in Army Educational Corps; sitting on selection board for Indian officers with Major Harold Alexander.
REEL 4 Continues: loyalty of Indian troops; requirements for selection of British officers; stories of aircraft crashes on North West Frontier; the Quetta earthquake and subsequent work in hospital aiding survivors; organisation of camp for families of victims of earthquake at Karachi; suitability of uniform for Indian service and requirement of officers to supply own kit, lodgings and furniture; near car accident whilst returning from leave in Kashmir; freemasonry activities at Rawalpindi; inter-rank relations; mess life; mess kit; mess financing.
REEL 5 Continues: regimental silver of 2nd Bn Glostershire Regt and its subsequent loss in Burma, 1942; dances at Rawalpindi; penalties for contracting venereal disease or homosexual acts; leave entitlement; meeting wife in Kashmir; limited contact with European civilians; restrictions on officers marrying under 30 years of age; necessity for care on North West Frontier; employment of servants; relations with civilians; opinions of different sections of Indian society; sightseeing; degree of contact with Indian civilians.
REEL 6 Continues: contact between British and Indian officers' wives; reasons for prohibition of Indian membership of British clubs; lack of anticipation of end of British rule; reasons for good relations between Muslim and Hindu troops; opinion of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru; influence of freemasonry in India; benefits of British rule in India.