Wounded Indian soldiers at the Royal Pavilion during the Great War [postcard]

As is well known, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton was turned into hospital for recuperating injured Indian solders who were casualties of the great war. Perhaps in some strange but well-meant patrician way they imagined that the fantastical Asian inspired design would aid their recovery.

The below image shows a group of them enjoying a game of quoits in the Pavilion Gardens..

The men must have made an exotic sight as the postcard starts on the back with: “I expect you would like to see this picture of the wounded Indians…” The date is impossible to make out but that intro does suggest that it was sent during or shortly after the 1914 – 18 war.

(Postcard: Dan Wilson’s collection)

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