Information Request. C.S.R.,

Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

September 5th, 2008, 1:11 am #1

I'm doing some research on a Auxiliary Force unit, The Calcutta Scottish Regiment(India). It saw active service during The Great War. I do believe it was local protection duties,however need further research to confirm this!? The Regiment Tartan was Hunting Stewart. Any one who might have information ie,clothing,insignia,Regimental cap badges and would like to scan them for me,on this site would be most appreciated.


The only information I could get was this so far.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Calcutta_Scottish

Oddly enough, a few memebers of this Regiment,along with men of the Calcutta Light Horse Regiment went out on a "top secret" mission organized by The S.O.E. India, and it was the unauthorized raid on Goa Harbour (Portuguese Colony-India)March of 1943 to sink Axis ships, radioing German U-Boats to sink allied shipping off the coast of India.They were told it was a hush,hush operation and to wear only "civvies" (Civilian Clothing)and organize a huge party for the sailors in the harbour,while the members of the Calcutta Regt's went aboard and plant explosives to sink this cargo ships! If caught they were to explain it was all a bit of a "drunken prank" a dare if you will, to Portugese Authorities. No gongs-medals were ever awarded and no recognition of any kind for services rendered. It was only in the 1970's that the general public became aware of the raid.

A book on this is called "Boarding Party" (The last action of the Calcutta Light Horse) by James Leasor ISBN: 1-55750-512-8


Chris Furlotte
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

September 5th, 2008, 2:34 am #2

Here's a link, on the Regimental clothing so far.


http://nms.scran.ac.uk/database/results ... hg0ec3skr5



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John Maybin
John Maybin

September 5th, 2008, 5:05 am #3

FYI - Leasor's "Boarding Party" was the basis for the 1980s movie "The Sea Wolves" with Roger More, David Niven, Gregory Peck et al.
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

September 5th, 2008, 11:24 am #4

John,
Here's a bit more on the raid on Goa.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcutta_Light_Horse
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

September 7th, 2008, 8:42 pm #5

Here's a link, on the Regimental clothing so far.


http://nms.scran.ac.uk/database/results ... hg0ec3skr5


Found this Scots Clan website showing the different types of Stewart tatans and other Regimental Tartans of Regt's of the former (British Empire) now part of the Commonwealth of Nations.



http://www.scotclans.com/whats_my_clan/ ... l_tartans/


Oddly enough, the Calcutta Scottish wasn't the only locally raised Scottish-Highland unit raised in the Far East. The Shanghai Volunteer Corps (China), had Scottish Company (Scots Coy). among others Indian Volunteers Coys, Jewish Volunteer Coys etc,.



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Simon K
Simon K

October 7th, 2008, 2:03 am #6

Christopher,
I have recently updated the Wikipedia page. You may find what you are after there.

Regards

Simon K
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Christopher Furlotte
Christopher Furlotte

October 7th, 2008, 8:59 pm #7

Hello Simon,
It looks really good! If you can ever find a photo of a Soldier in Regimental uniform to go with it, would give the public a better idea of Regimental dress they would have worn!


Thanks for the information.


Cheers

Chris
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