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Postal History of the Indian Contingent in the Boer War. 8 years 1 month ago #21795

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A description of the Kroonstad Office (the first posting in this thread) appeared in "St Martins Le Grand" - the newsletter of the General Post Office......with my apologies for the language used.








“Of quite opposite character are the Indians who call for letters. They are splendid looking men, handsome and dignified, with none of the frivolity of the African K..... They are men to be admired. Respectful to any white man, they look upon and treat with scorn the childish African. And what a picture of neatness and colour are they dressed in wide kharki trousers, long frocks bound at the waist by a broad band of red and yellow, glittering burnishes, and a startling coloured turban. They make a pleasing splash of colour amidst the dull dress of the Tommies. To deal with the correspondence of the hundreds of Indians employed at the remount depot we have in Kroonstad one of the Indian postal men; he assists at the counter and acts as interpreter.”
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Postal History of the Indian Contingent in the Boer War. 8 years 1 month ago #21797

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A recent addition to collection of envelopes is this one to the 17th Lancers.

See also www.angloboerwar.com/forum/5-medals-and-...ngent?start=66#15264


This envelope, unlike the rest, departed South Africa to India from East London rather than Durban.
2 months to Rawalpindi.
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Postal History of the Indian Contingent in the Boer War. 8 years 1 month ago #21798

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If any one is aware of, or finds one of these envelopes, I would be the grateful recipient of that news. Also anyone one might be able to give a translation of the Urdu.

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Thank you for another fascinating contribution to this forum.

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Postal History of the Indian Contingent in the Boer War. 7 years 9 months ago #23950

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Not really on theme but it does help me track the movements of the Military Accounts rubber stamp.













Elandsfontein was a major Indian Remount Station and it looks as if the Controller of Indian Military Accounts were also based there before moving back to Stellenbosch.
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Postal History of the Indian Contingent in the Boer War. 7 years 5 months ago #26915

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Two postal notices that might be of interest for those with a philatelic flare.










Now need to find one of these envelopes.
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