Photographs of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 115 RCS/Y302M
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English .
  • Physical Description
      1 archive box(es) 1 box
      1 file(s) 1 file

Scope and Content

This collection comprises an album containing 187 photographs and a further 25 loose prints. Its creator is unknown, but he is likely to have been a British soldier, probably of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Norfolk Regiment, identified by the uniforms and insignia of the colour party which appears in Y302M/188. He may have been a member of the battalion's drum corps and band, since there are several images of its members. Those photographs which are dated cover the period 1927 to 1935. The majority record the regiment's service in British India during the mid-1930s, where it was based in Dhaka (now in Bangladesh), Salon (now in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh), and Sialkot (now part of the Punjab, Pakistan). Many of the images depict military scenes: barracks, mounting guard, training exercises and flag marches as well as sporting events, travel and other leisure activities. The latter include photographs of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan's people, landscape and architecture. A number of photographs also portray the album owner's mother, and presumably other members of his family and friends, but these individuals are not identified by surname.
The album's captions are very brief; many images have none and their subjects have not yet been identified. Uncaptioned album prints have been given titles in parenthesis. Numbers 188-212 are uncaptioned loose prints and have not been catalogued to item level. They can be broadly grouped under the following subjects: 188-96 military scenes and personnel; 197-200 Indian or Bangladeshi people; 201-09 hill stations and landscapes and 210-212 buildings.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mr Cliff Webb in 2015.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

good condition unless otherwise specified

Additional Information

This catalogue description was created by MJC.

DateText: The dates are approximate..