Brighton Royal Pavilion Hospital

A commemorative postcard of the Indian Military Hospital at Brighton

Convalescent sepoys photographed in the grounds of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, 1915

Indian soldiers in a ward at the Royal Pavilion Hospital. These images were used partly as propaganda to reinforce the paternalistic concern for the welfare of the Indian soldiers by the colonial authorities.

The hospitals for Indian troops in Britain were very well equipped and were a far cry from the abysmal medical treatment provided to soldiers in Mesopotamia. This image shows the Dowsing Institute Radio Electrical Treatment which proved very valuable for cases of rheumatism, sciatica etc with which Indian troops suffered so severely during the winter campaign in the trenches.

These four wounded Indians were the worst cases at Brighton. The sepoy smoking had fractured his arm and elbow caused by an explosive German bullet while the two on his right were wooded by a German shell.

The wounded sepoys enjoy a gramophone concert in the lawns of the Pavilion Hospital.

Wounded Indian soldiers listening to a Scotsman playing the bagpipes on a sunny afternoon.

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    The Joint USI-MEA Centenary Commemoration project highlights the oft-forgotten role of India in the First World War and commemorates those soldiers who served during the War. The project is aimed at exploring India’s engagement in the war from a variety of perspectives.
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