Indian Sub Continent

Intriguing History Connections to the Indian Sub Continent linked by the legacy of an Empire long gone.

Operation War Diary

Operation War Diary

Operation War Diary is a crowd sourced project to classify the WWI diaries of the British Army on the Western Front. A project involving the Imperial War Museum and the National Archive.

Migration of Indians to the Colonies

Migration of Indians to the Colonies

The Indian indentured labour programme emerged after the abolition of slavery and sent over a million workers to British colonies alone

Photos of British Colonial Life

Discover a wealth of fascinating photos and film clips at the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum

Tension between East India Company & British Government 1784

Tension East India Company and British Government The East India Company Act of 1784 The British presence in India was a result of the trading opportunities grasped by the East India Company way back at the start of the C17th.¬†The company monopolised trade, had it’s own armies and ruled and regulated itself. The 18th century¬†saw…

V Force Cap Badge 1943 – 45

V Force Cap Badge 1943 – 45

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Military Cap badges

Military cap badge of soldiers in V Force,from WW2, what was this unit in the British Army?

Charles Dickens knew Florence Nightingale

Charles Dickens knew Florence Nightingale

We so often study the lives of famous people and their activities in isolation, what is intriguing is when you find how the lives of these people were meshed together

Did your ancestor die abroad or onboard?

Do you have an ancestor you are struggling to find a death certificate for? They appear on census returns but locating the death certificate remains a problem..

Founding of the East India Company 1600

Run as if it was it’s own state, was it a cause for good or evil?

Migrations to India from 1600

The migration of people from Britain to India began hundreds of years ago and our histories have been exquisitely bound together ever since

Khaki uniforms for British troops 1848

British colonial troops in India in 1848, were issued with khaki uniforms to give them camouflage in the arid dusty conditions they found themselves in. Khaki is the Hindi word meaning ‘dust covered’. Take a look at old military photos, the type of uniform could give you a hint if your ancestor served overseas and…