The Indian Army Camps at Hampton Court Palace, 1902-1937

Tina Davies, our new BACSA Events Officer, has supplied details of this fascinating exhibition at Hampton Court Palace, which runs until 29 September:

‘Hampton Court Palace is currently hosting an Exhibition entitled ‘The Indian Army at the Palace – The forgotten story of the Indian Army Camps at Hampton Court Palace’, which details the experiences of those soldiers from the Indian Army who camped at Hampton Court on various occasions in the early 20th century.

1911 'At Mess' Indian Camp at Hampton Court
At Mess’ Indian Camp at Hampton Court, 1911

The soldiers were invited to join the coronation celebrations of three British monarchs – Edward VII (1902), George V (1911) and George VI (1937), and also the peace parades in 1919 after the ending of World War I. The reactions of the press and the public to the presence of these soldiers is also described.

This unique project brings together, for the first time, items on loan from the descendants of those within the camps and the Historic Royal Palaces collection.

1918 India Day badge
1918 India Day badge (as sold by Princess Sophia Duleep Singh)

Included is a rare charity pin badge as sold by the suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh (daughter of the deposed Maharaja Duleep Singh of Lahore), to raise funds for the Indian Army during WWI.

A self-guided tour of the Exhibition, which is open Wednesday to Sunday until 29th September 2024, would take approximately 45 minutes – the rest of Hampton Court Palace and gardens is also open to the public.

Indian Troops Departure (Pall Mall Gazette )
‘While in camp the men’s conduct has been most exemplary’
Pall Mall Gazette, 15 Aug 1902

For further details about the exhibition please see the Hampton Court Palace website.’

Tina Davies, BACSA Events Officer

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