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Wucha Jawar Camp on the North West Frontier of India circa 1940
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We recently came across some photos in an old family album which suggested an uncle, Jock, did a tour of duty with the Indian Army in either the 1930s or possibly during WWII. The small photos are about the size of 127 roll film negatives and not very sharp but we thought someone might be interested to see them!
The first photo is of the camp sign, which shows the distances to Peshawar, Bombay, London and Halifax. The distance to Peshawar was only 42 miles and so we know the camp was on the North West Frontier of India (now in Pakistan) not far from the Khyber Pass and the border with Afghanistan.
Wucha Jawar camp sign
In the photo above you can just make out a group of camels and on the right hand edge of the photo there seem to be some army lorries.
Jock appears in the photo below.
Jock born 1900
In the photo below Jock is standing by a field gun which we think might be a QF 3.7 inch Mountain Howitzer. These were designed towards the end of WWI.
It therefore seems likely that he was with a Royal Field Artillery battery, though possibly he was just visiting.
Jock and field gun
The camp appears to be on a flat plain surrounded by mountains. See photo of soldiers below.
Soldiers in shorts, mountains behind
A photo of one of the Indian soldiers appears below.
An Indian soldier
In earlier days the British army was not keen for Indian troops to man the guns, but by the time of the photo below this policy had obviously changed.
Indian troops and field guns
The photo below shows Jock, wearing a helmet, with a colleague who may have been an officer as you can just make out pips on his epaulette.
Jock on the right
The next photo shows some 'native' troops digging in, which must have been extremely hard work in the rocky groud. You can see pick axes lying on the ground, but what we found interesting was that the soldiers are wearing pointed fur hats and we wondered to what contingent they belonged. Do you know?
The final photo shows a large group of soldiers, possibly practising drill against the backdrop of the mountains.
Files of troops, with mountains in the distance
If you know more about the history of the camp at Wucha Jawar and why the troops were there, or knew someone who was there, or can provide additional information for this page, we would like to here from you.
This article was first published on our old website 123-mcc.com
Last updated 19th October 2018