British officer served with 4/3rd and 2/3rd Gurkha Rifles in India, 1946-1947
REEL 1 Background in Ceylon and South Africa, 1926-1944: family; education in Natal, 1941-1944; contrast in South African civilians attitude to Second World War, 1941-1944. Period of officer training with Indian Army, 1944-1945: War Officer Selection Board at Bangalore, 1944; pre-OCTU training at Almora; 1945; degree to which he thought India would become independent. Aspects of period with 4/3rd Gurkha Rifles in India, 1946-1947: posting to unit at Murzffarpur; caste make up of units recruits; disbanding to unit and posting to 2/3rd Gurkha Rifles at Nowshera. Recollections of period with 2/3rd Gurkha Rifles during Indian Partition, 1947: duties at Atlock Bridge on river Indus; character of voting for Partition; move to Murree Hills; peaceful of Murree at time of Partition; attitude of Gurkhas to Partition; village massacres in Sagodha area, 8/1947; opening fire on Muslim mob.
REEL 2 Continues: character of communal riots in Sagodha area, ca 8/1947-9/1947; reasons for development of idea of convoying civilians from Pakistan to India; role of his unit; refusal of Muslim soldiers to protect convoy and how Routledge used Gurkhas; story of how his facility in Tamil language helped with unit of Madras Sappers and Miners in protecting refugee convoy, ca 9/1947; size of convoy; hand over of 3rd Gurkha Rifles to India; return to GB, 1948; reactions of Gurkhas to joining independent India.