Collection

The novel Major Tom’s War is fictional, but only just.  It began its decade-long journey into print as a transcript of the author’s grandfather’s war diary, crammed with photographs, letters, postcards and posters he sent back to his future wife 1914 – 1918.

When completed later this year, the collection will display every individual item (over 400 in total) within the family archive digitally, plus some of the additional images and documentation Vee Walker has collected during her research trips to Bavay which relate to its mayor Gaston Derome.

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Tom at Midnapore with the Calcutta Light Horse

These photographs were taken in Midnapore (modern Medinapur) on manoeuvres with the reserve Indian Army Cavalry Regiment the Calcutta Light Horse. Barracks in the background.

01 October 1914 - 01 November 1914

Tom at Midnapore with the Calcutta Light Horse