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Title: T Hay, Rawalpindi, India to Mary Smyth, Co Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/58
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Mary
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge.
Doc. No.412004
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 31:12:2004.
Word Count601
TranscriptFront of envelope

[Envelope Torn]

M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

[--?] [squadron?]
[---?] RawulPindia [Rawalpindi?] India

Officer Commanding 11th Hussars

Back of envelope



Arrived Nov 29th 1897

9/11/97 Rawul Pindi [Rawalpindi?] India

My Dear Cousin
Just a few lines to you
and my Aunt Uncle and
all the rest of my friends
and to tell you I received
your last letter at Canterbury
alright. Dear Cousin
I hope My Aunt Uncle
and William enjoyed themselves
well at the seaside
and hope it as [has?] done them some
good. Dear Cousin I will
first of all start of the
voyage out to here we had
a splendid trip out only
we had two funerals on
board with [fever?] and we
had the best of weather and
when we landed at Bombay
we had to travel all night
to reach Deolalia [Deolali?] and then
we began to see the effects of
the famine out here it is some (sic)
something awful to see people
going about we could almost
see through them as the saying
is we were in Deolalis [Deolali?] 4 Days
which is a rest camp and when
we were walking out we were
passing over the dead and
starving bodies of these poor
creatures a [and?] those who were
alive would follow us a [as?] far
a [as?] they could if they thought
we would throw them something
well we go on a bit
about the cattle a full
grown bullock would not
weigh 4 cwts and the sheep
between 18 to 24 pounds in weight
there is no grass hardly anywhere
I never seen such things
in my life bet [but?] up here where
we are stationed it is a
good cultivated place.
Dear cousin this station
we are in now is what they
call the whiteman's grave
full of fever and all kinds
of sickness I think I may
say I have seen over
forty men buried since I
came here we have buried
seventeen of our own men
and two that came out
with me but I have felt
nothing of it so far thank
the Lord Dear Cousin I
like India alright so far
as I have no [not?] done much yet.
Dear Cousin the war is
still on here yet the cavalry
cannot do much with
the enemy only foot soldiers
the Gordon Highlanders
have done a lot good work
up the hill and have lost
a lot of men all the
wounded comes down to
here to hospital and I have
seen a few badly wounded
we are only two stations
away from the fighting and
the people that are here
belong the the [sic] same tribe
that are causing the disturbance
they are a [few?] mad lot
of people we are not allowed
down the bazaar by ourselves
Dear Cousin I wont say
anymore this time I am just
going to write to Cousin
James give my best love
to all tell Tilda I have
not forgot the Photo I will
send it as soon as I can
tell Tilly at W. [William?]
Balentines I send here [her?] my
best love and Uncles James and all
the little ones and Aunt and John
and Uncle Charles and Bella
McFarland and hope the Baby
is keeping well and my two
girls at Reids. Dear Cousin
I will draw to a close hoping
these few [sic] will find you and
all my Relations all well
and hearty as I remain
quite well and hearty thank
I remain your loving Cousin T.
[Thomas?] Hay to his Dear Loving Cousin Bell
Good Bye [Goodbye?] All

I will send some India
silk before Christmas for you all

Tell Tilly to write
I promised to write to her

[Note Enclosed]


Trooper T. Hay
No 4102 C. Squadron
11th P A 6th Hussars
Rawal Pindi [Rawalpindi?]

The Squadron I belong too [to?] is
up at the front

Transcribed by Alan Houston