Dr Norman Stewart's My Service Days: India, Afghanistan, Suakin '85, and China (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from My Service Days: India, Afghanistan, Suakin '85, and China
On arrival in England we were all taken in by an uncle who possessed a numerous growing Family
of his own, to whom we were objects of the greatest curiosity, for coming from India, I feel sure, they were surprised to find their young cousins white. At first we absolutely refused to converse in any language but Hindustani, which we were made to spout before any friends who happened to visit the house, and I understand were looked on as marvels for being able to speak a foreign tongue with ﬂuency. This did not last long, however, for within two months nothing could persuade us to give tongue in the strange language, which was probably completely forgotten inside four months.
From Liverpool we migrated to that beautiful little Irish watering-place Bray, where in 1822 my mother was born in a Martello Tower on the coast close by, her father being an officer of the Royal Navy holding a shore billet, which included these curious old erections for the protection of our Irish coast from smugglers, etc.
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