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  • Allen, Charles
Duel In the Snows: The True Story of the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa by Charles Allen (2004)
  • Bennett, Mary
Who was Dr Jackson? : two Calcutta families, 1830-55. London: BACSA, 2002
  • J M Morris (1932)
A Nursing Sister in Baluchistan No Preview Google Books. Experiences at a mission hospital in Quetta from 1921.
  • Webster Anthony 2007
The Richest East India Merchant: the Life and Business of John Palmer of Calcutta, 1767-1836 preview googlebooks. John Palmer ran an 'agency house', a global commercial firm involved in banking, the opium trade, shipping, plantation agriculture and trade.

General History

  • Chapters of the Modern History of British India by Edward Thornton 1840 Google Books
  • Political and Military Events in British India: From the Years 1756 to 1849 by William Hough 1853 .Volume 1 (to 1814) and Volume 2 (1814-1849) are in the same link; index for Volume 2 is at page 371 (following on from Volume 1), then Volume 2 page numbers recommence from page 1. Google Books
  • Grey, C.
European Adventurers Of Northern India 1785 to 1849 by C. Grey first published in 1929 and reprinted by the Languages Department, Punjab, Patiala, in 1970, contains biographical sketches of over one hundred Europeans who came to or served in the Punjab during Sikh times. Available as Limited View Google Books Index Bibliography
  • Details of the book Delhi Durbar 1911, The Complete Story by Sunil Raman and Lt Col Rohit Agarwal, Roli Books 2011. The Pioneer Wednesday, 21 December 2011


  • Bhasin Raaja
Simla - the summer capital of British India. Reprinted Rupa and Co 2011. Review in Deccan Herald
  • Yelland Zoe
Traders and Nabobs: The British in Cawnpore 1765-1857 by Zoe Yalland 1987 and Boxwallahs : the British in Cawnpore, 1857-1901 by Zoë Yalland 1994. A description of the latter book is given in this link
  • Mohanty Sachidananda (Editor)
Travel Writing and the Empire, edited by Sachidananda Mohanty, Katha, 2003, p. 185, Rs. 250. Details of the book can be found at Narratives of the Self hindu.com
  • Harfield Alan
Bencoolen: A History on the Honourable East India Company's Garrison on the West Coast of Sumatra 1685-1825 by Alan Harfield 1995. Read about the book here.

Military History

  • The First Anglo Sikh War: The Campaign and Battlefield Guide. Post by Mark Simner, Administrator of the Victorian Wars Forum regarding the book The First Anglo-Sikh War by Amarpal S. Sidhu. "This is an excellent book and deserves a rare five out of five star rating which is well earned!" The book includes new scale battlefields maps and GPS Co-ordinates. Available through Amazon.co.uk from the FIBIS Shop. Also available at the British Library
  • Graham F Reed was a junior officer in the Royal Signals Corps in his early twenties, who was a Signals Officer with a Mountain Gun Regiment based at Razmak in Waziristan in 1945-47. His book is Walks in Waziristan, with an extract In action from Walks in Waziristan. The first two chapters are available from Preview Google Books
  • The British Library has the book The Inland Water Transport in Mesopotamia compiled by Lieut.-Col. L. J. Hall under the direction of Brigadier-General R. H. W. Hughes. [With plates.] published London 1921.
  • Hughes, David, David A. Ryan and Steve Rothwell.
The British Armies in World War Two: An Organisational History, Volume 8: The Indian Army, Part One: The Indian Army in the West
. Nafziger Collection, 2005
The British Armies in World War Two: An Organisational History, Volume 9: The Indian Army, Part Two: The Indian Army in the East, 1939-43
. Nafziger Collection, 2006
The British Armies in World War Two: An Organisational History, Volume 10: The Indian Army, Part Three: The Indian Army in the East, 1944-45
. Nafziger Collection, 2008
Reviews by Bill Stone: Volume 8 5 March 2006, Volume 9 21 January 2007, Volume 10 4 January 2009. stonebooks.com (retrieved on 15 April 2014).

Regimental histories

  • Moreman, Tim The NW Frontier of India - The Army in India and the Development of Frontier Warfare, 1939-1947 (London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 1998)


  • Allen, Charles
The Buddha and the Sahibs (2002). A review by William Dalrymple, author of the White Mughals, in the Guardian, states “As Charles Allen shows in his book, under Sir William Jones, the Asiatic Society of Bengal became the scholarly nerve centre that brought together all the different amateur enthusiasts busily working at uncovering the deepest roots of India's lost pre-Islamic history. In the society's Calcutta premises were collated reports sent in from a huge range of eccentric figures working away at translating Buddhist scrolls or ancient rock inscriptions, Gandharan coins or Tibetan mythologies, far separated from each other in remote outposts between the highest peaks of the Himalayas in Tibet and Nepal, through the arid plains of the Deccan to the thickest jungles of 18th-century Burma and Ceylon.” Also reviewed in the Spectator and available from Amazon.co.uk.
  • Bevan, Amanda (2006)576 pages.
Tracing your Ancestors in The National Archives is stated by The National Archives to be the only exhaustive guide to TNA’s holdings. It is to be noted that Chapter 8 details 'Births, marriages and deaths of Britons overseas or in the armed services'
  • Broadbent James, Rickard Suzanne and Steven Margaret
Review by William Dalrymple of the book India, China, Australia: Trade and Society 1788-1850 by James Broadbent, Suzanne Rickard and Margaret Steven 2003
  • Spencer, William (2008)
Army Records: A Guide for Family Historians. Mainly about records in the TNA and the India Office at the British Library. Contains chapters 'Royal Artillery' and 'The British Army in India' and the 'Indian Army'.
  • Thomas, Noel (Editor)
Footprints on the Track, Anglo-Indian Railway Memories (published by Anglo-Link 2013). For information about this book see "Of the Railways and the lives inextricably linked to it" October 8, 2013 The Hindu Chennai (Madras).
  • Turnbull Alexander
A book has been written called Walers : Australian Horses Abroad by Yarwood, A. T. (Alexander Turnbull), 1927-2002. Melbourne University Press at the Miegunyah Press, 1989.: ISBN: 0522843859
  • Details of the book Constructing the 'Brother': Freemasonry, Empire, and Nationalism in India, 1840—1925, by Vahid Jalil Fozdar, in two volumes, University Of California, Berkeley, 2001. Freemasonry contributed to Indian nationalism in four main ways. The author is Associate Professor, California State University, East Bay.