1911 Delhi Durbar

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1911 Delhi Durbar

Postby Maureene » 16 Dec 2011 12:14

The Delhi Durbar was held in December 1911 to commemorate the coronation in Britain a few months earlier of King George V and Queen Mary, and their proclamation as Emperor and Empress of India

This youtube posting shows colour footage of part of the regimental marchpast at the Delhi Durbar 1911, from 'The British Empire in Colour' series, (Program1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VCpkplK ... re=related

This link is a slideshow of photographs by Lilah Wingfield who attended the Delhi Durbar and includes a few military photographs, including her brother in the 10th Hussars.
http://www.glimpseofempire.com/photos
From the book (and website) A Glimpse of Empire by Jessica Douglas-Home, 2011, based on the diary and photographs of Lilah Wingfield

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Re: The Delhi Durbar 1911

Postby mac » 17 Dec 2011 10:51

Maureene

You may be interested t know that the red coated init marching past at the start is the 2nd Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment.

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Re: The Delhi Durbar 1911

Postby Maureene » 18 Dec 2011 14:03

Thanks Mac for this information

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Re: 1911 Delhi Durbar

Postby rclpillinger » 04 Dec 2012 21:54

This post goes back some twelve months now, by the look of it, but I would like to revive it and ask if anyone has any interesting photos or info about the 1911 Durbar. As I said, my Grandfather was at the Event and had the medal to go with it, and, as a Tenth Hussar, was one of the host Officers for Lilah Wingfield. He wrote a fullsome report from a soldier's point of view for his Gazette which does differ interestingly in perspective from Lilah's account. I am just starting to compile a web page about the Durbar and if anyone can help with information I would be grateful to hear it.

Troop numbers were at first hoped to be about 100,000 but were cut to some 52,000 because of fears of unrest and availability, and the Tenth Hussars, stationed at the time in Rawal Pindi, were initially going to march over three months to Delhi. Eventually they went by train which took three days.Like all good ideas reality seems to have set in!

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Re: 1911 Delhi Durbar

Postby Maureene » 05 Dec 2012 08:50

Hello Richard

You might find something in the links on the FIBIS FIbiwiki page Delhi Durbar
http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php?title=Delhi_Durbar

In addition, the following link mentions a book Delhi Durbar 1911, The Complete Story by Sunil Raman and Lt Col Rohit Agarwal, which is available at the British Library
http://www.dailypioneer.com/vivacity/29 ... nised.html

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Re: 1911 Delhi Durbar

Postby rclpillinger » 05 Dec 2012 21:46

Hello again Maureen

Thanks for those two links. Having had a quick scan it looks as if a wet weekend might be quite handy!

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Re: 1911 Delhi Durbar

Postby gordon92 » 03 Apr 2013 22:55

I am a bit late in finding this thread. The following link provides the Official Directory to the Coronation Durbar Delhi 1911:

http://archive.org/stream/coronationdurbar030742mbp#page/n5/mode/2up

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Re: 1911 Delhi Durbar

Postby rclpillinger » 06 Apr 2013 11:41

Gordon

Thankyou very much for that link. It makes very interesting reading, and the level of organization that went into the event, I am sure must have had to be absolutely perfect.When Grandpa wrote his "brief" account of the Regiment's part in the event he said the only thing that might have improved it as a spectacle, would have been an elephant parade. You just can't please all of the people all of the time can you?

Does anybody have a link to a map of the camp area, which I believe covered about 25 square miles. Several villages had to be moved and all the occupants were compensated.

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