It's a long time since I had contact, but my situation has now cleared up considerably and I'm ready to participate in this wonderful forum again.
Since my last 'contributions' I have visited UK twice and advanced considerably on my 'Lucknow' and '32nd Foot' in India' projects. Related to the latter I have obtained both of Amarpal's books on the Anglo-Sikh Wars. The first, i've finished and I'm half-way through the second, much larger in all respects. I believe that the paperback edition of The Second Anglo-Sikh War' was only just published (March 2017), and I was lucky enough to get my copy days before leaving UK, a couple of weeks ago.
Overall I've found both books excellent reading and very informative, Amarpal's perspective helps bring out clearly the responsibility of the British in fomenting the War, without exonerating certain Sikh leaders and many of the Khalsa soldiary, so it's a very refreshing to have a multi-sided (let's not pretend that we can be 'unbiased') view of the campaign. Certain characters who have traditionally been presented in a purely positive light in British accounts, such as Herbert Edwardes, cannot be looked on so favourably in future.
One point that always puzzled me was why James Abbott's name was retained in the name of a town in independent Pakistan, but Ampal makes it very clear that he strongly favoured Moslems over Sikhs, which perhaps explains it. Of course his name will resound for some years to come due to the actions of US special forces there a few years ago, while men such as Edwardes, Dalhousie, Gough et al are already forgotten by all but Victorian India buffs such as ourselves.
I've got one 'criticism' of the book, which is its lack of footnotes/endnotes. These would have made it incredibly long and bulky, but since my '32nd's Tour of Duty in India 1846-59' project aims to be academic, these would have been very helpful. I have one or two more specific questions for Amarpal, and will try to send these in a personal mail.
Overall then, a very good, informative read and congratulations to the author. What will his next project be?