Dear all, especially Verrieres I received today a packet of photos of China I'd ordered from ebay. It includes a few of British soldiers in Shanghai, c. 1927-1928, i.e. at the time the city's garrison was reinforced by what was called the Shanghai Defence Force (will add more details on this later, see also Verrieres earlier post) because of concerns arising from fighting nearby between various Chinese forces. I do not know the unit here, although it might be the Bedfordshire Regiment, who were there at the time, I believe, see one of the captions for more speculation. I believe most of the shots of the guys were taken at Jessfield Road Barracks. Not many names, unfortunately, but all very "atmospheric"... Captions/comments are drawn from some comments on back of the snapshots and my own knowledge. Click for bigger versions (hope I have done this right !). Simply marked "self", so I assume this is the lad who took the photos. Again, "self". Shooting cups ? This and the next one, and another, show the lads wearing a sports shirt marked XVI...I speculate, but might this be because they are Bedfordshire Regiment, formerly 16th Foot ??? View attachment 15198 Similar Again, "self" View attachment 15200 "Self keeping warm"...again, that winter kit similar to DLI in Verrieres previous thread, see http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/prewar/15820-1st-dli-pre-war-1931-39-a.html#post165548 Same again One of the few with a name..."Herbert". Again, the XVI on his shirt. Another name..."Jock"...at a wild guess, someone from north of the border ! View attachment 15204 NOT Shanghai, it says "a section of D Coy, Malta", but included for faces...and maybe hint that our photographer might have been D Company...the Beds were, I think, in Malta in 1926, there are a few pics of Malta in the package too Not sure if this in Shanghai, but suspect it is given style of parasols...again posted for faces View attachment 15206 Again, sadly no names View attachment 15207 Love this one, labelled "Pte Wun Long, Regimental Mascot"... Some Shanghai scenes, this is the famous Garden Bridge, at North End of the Bund, over Suzhou Creek to Hongkou District...often featured in pics of the 1932-1937 period as it was the boundary between the International Settlement and the Japanese controlled area...compare with the photo in Verrieres thread http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/prewar/15820-1st-dli-pre-war-1931-39-a.html#post165608...the building in far right corner was (and still is) the Russian Consulate Labelled "view from roof of New World South"...looking west I think....New World was a Shanghai entertainment centre in the International Settlement, with a bit of a reputation say no more... View attachment 15210 Labelled "Thibet Road", i.e. Tibet Road, still same name...I think I recognise the building, can't recall what it was in 1927 but it is still used by the, ah, local forces... Welcome comments, I may add more info later... The other 50 or so snapshots in the packet are mostly scenes of China, rural and urban, including some from beyond Shanghai,...quite interesting in themselves to a China buff, not of military interest as such but happy to post the better ones if folks are interested.