INDIAN PRINCELY STATE, BAHAWALPUR, PRESENTATION, 1935.
This document is a photograph album containing 23 large photographs, the cover inscribed with the following:
BAHAWALPUR. ON THE OCCASION OF A VISIT OF HIS EXCELLENCY FIELD MARSHAL SIR PHILLIP E. CHETWODE, BART, G.C.B., G.C.S.I., K.C.M.G., D.S.O., COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IN INDIA. PRESENTATION AND TROOPING OF THE COLOURS, 1ST. BAHAWALPUR INFANTRY (SADIQ BATTALION) ON THE 13TH JANUARY 1935
H. P. SATWALEKAR & CO, xxxxxx & LAHORE. Appears to be the photographer.
The album is 13.1/4” x 9.3/4”. Most of the album pages are detached and the covers are in a poor state. The photographs are 10.7/8” x 7.3/4” and are generally good though one or two are slightly out of focus.
Field-Marshal Sir Philip Walhouse, Lord Chetwode (1869-1950) was universally known in the Army as ‘The Bart’ - he succeeded his father as 7th Baronet in 1905. The nickname shows, perhaps, how thin on the ground baronets were in the army, despite its aristocratic reputation. With his long amber cigarette holder and nasal drawl, Chetwode certainly looked the part, but he was a serious soldier who led Allenby’s XX Corps to victory in Palestine. He was later GOC-in-C, India.
The ruler of Bahawalpur who appears with Chetwode in these photographs was a serving officer and had possibly the longest name in India at the time: “CAPTAIN HIS HIGHNESS RUKNUD-DAULA, NASRAT-I-JANG, MUKHLISUL-DAULA,HAFIZUL-MULK, NAWAB HAJI, SIR SADIQ MOHAMMAD KHAN SAHIB, VTH, ABBASI BAHADUR, G.C.I.E., K.C.S.I., K.C.V.O., RULER OF BAHAWALPUR”