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A Soldier in Battle Order, Madras Guards, 23 Feb 1943

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: National Army Museum

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The Madras Guards was originally raised as a volunteer unit in Calcutta in 1857, following the outbreak of mutiny in the Bengal Army. The unit was presented with Colours the next year and, by 1859, had been put on a proper financial footing. It remained the only volunteer unit in southern India until 1868. At the outbreak of the Second World War (1939–1945) it formed part of the Auxiliary Force (India), which was intended primarily to assist the civil authorities in maintaining law and order.

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oil on canvas


H 84 x W 70 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1962-06-12-1

Acquisition method

gift from Mrs O. A. Reid, 1962

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