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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Bradbury
Title
BRADBURY, Lt Col George Charles (1906-95)
Date(s)
1983-91 (covers c.1857-1990)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box (0.01 cubic metres)

Context

Name of creator(s)
Bradbury, George Charles, 1906-1995, Lieutenant Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Lt Col G C Bradbury born 21 July 1906; served 6 years in ranks (1924-30); 2nd Lt 1930; Joined Indian Army 1931; Lt 1932; Capt 1938, Major 1946; served in 10th Baluch Regt, 1938-1947. The 10th Baluch Regt: sprang from the old Bombay Army and its predecessors were freely used to sort out India's problems in and around the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea. The senior battalion originated in the 2nd (Marine) Bn of the 12th Regt of Bombay Native Infantry raised in 1820. In 1838, as the 24th Regt of Bombay Native Infantry, they stormed Aden, bringing the Colony under the British flag. The 26th Bombay Native Infantry was raised in 1825 as the 2nd Extra Bn of Bombay Native Infantry, changing its name a year later. Sir Charles Napier raised two Regts in Karachi - the 1st and 2nd Belooch Regts - for local service within Sind in 1844 and 1846 respectively. The term 'local' was interpreted fairly loosely when it became necessary to send the 2nd Belooch to the Persian War in 1856-1857, a campaign frequently overshadowed by the events of the Great Mutiny in 1857. The 1st was in Karachi when the news of the insurrection reached the Commissioner. Sir Bartle Frere despatched them with all haste, on foot across the Sind desert in May to join the siege artillery train on its way to Delhi, the only Bombay unit to join the Delhi Field Force. The Regt was brought into the regular line for its services in Central India and it became the 27th Regt of Bombay Native Infantry in the post-Mutiny realignment. The 2nd Belooch, in the meantime, had qualified for a similar change in status for their work on the NW Frontier and became the 29th Regt of Bombay Native Infantry. In 1858, Major John Jacob raised a local battalion, soon to be known as Jacob's Rifles and they made such a reputation in and around Jacobabad that they, too, were accorded regular status, becoming the 30th Regt of Bombay Native Infantry or Jacob's Rifles in 1861. In World War I the Regt served in India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Muscat and Aden, France and East Africa. The 129th Battalion in the 3rd (Lahore) Division, was the only battalion of the Regt to serve on the Western Front, the first Indian Regt to attack the Germans, the first also on two other counts - to lose the first British officer and to earn the first Victoria Cross, this by Sepoy Khudadad Khan at Hollebeke. In the Second World War 16 Battalions served in India, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Malaya, Burma, Iraq, Italy, Palestine, Greece and Libya India, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Palestine.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by family, 1995

Content & structure

Scope and content

Correspondence of Lt Col George Charles Bradbury on the history of the 10th Baluch Regt, Indian Army, 1983-1991. Subjects include regimental history, uniform and regalia, battle honours, gallantry awards, the origin of the regimental warcry "Kai Kai", and the Officers' Dining Club.

System of arrangement

Three files arranged chronologically (1983-1988, 1989, 1990)

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
English

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note
Sources: Army Lists, http://www.defencejournal.com (for Regimental History). Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
Rules or conventions
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions
August 2001

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Subjects

  • Asian history
  • History
  • Indian history
  • Military history
  • National history

Personal names

  • Bradbury, George Charles, 1906-1995, Lieutenant Colonel
  • Bradbury, George Charles, 1906-1995, Lieutenant Colonel

Corporate names

  • Indian Army

Places

  • India, South Asia

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