Edward Roe in Mumbai - 6 April, 1919, 03:00 PM

from Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919, pages 306-307:

Arrive at Bombay at 6.00 am. Detrain at 9.00 am. A general scrum down for kit bags...Embark on SS Somali at 11.00 am, towed out of docks, and set sail at 3.00 pm. The band of a Mahratta Regiment was formed up on the quayside and we slowly glided away to the tune of ‘Should Old Acquaintance be Forgot’. I felt an infinite sadness. I remained on deck until Malabar point and the last vestige of the shores of India faded from view. I had left India behind for good, India where I spent the happiest years of my soldiering. I felt lonely and depressed, I can’t explain why.
cite as

Edward Roe, and Peter Downham (ed.), Diary of an old contemptible : private Edward Roe, East Lancashire Regiment, from Mons to Baghdad, 1914-1919 (Barnsley, 2004), p. 306-307. http://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1402915111602 accessed: 24 September, 2017

location of experience: Mumbai

Listeners

Edward Roe
labourer, Soldier
1886-1952

Listening to

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Auld Lang Syne
written by Robert Burns

Experience Information

Date/Time 6 April, 1919, 03:00 PM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Notes

Edward Roe was a professional soldier who enlisted in 1905. He served with the East Lancashire Regiment, went on the Active Reserve list in March 1914, and was recalled to active service on the outbreak of war in August 1914.


Originally submitted by hgb3 on Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:38:32 +0100