Discussion in 'British Indian Army' started by GeorgyB, Aug 9, 2021.
Could anyone confirm whether this is an Indian Police Uniform (circa 1940s) rather than military?
Try looking for images from the 1984 ITV drama series 'Jewel in the Crown' of Tim Piggott-Smith who played an Indian Police (IPS) officer, a Capatain Merrick:
From: The Jewel in the Crown (TV series) - Wikipedia
Here is one image:
The snag is that his role changed to being in the Indian Army!
The photo above shows three stars and the IPS today use such badges. See:
In the photo in post #1 I can see stars rather than pips .
David, what a great idea, I will have to track down Ep1 but the belt is definitely right isn't it. And Owen, yes, they are definitely stars. Thank you both.
I guess this potentially is my grandfather then. I've never considered it to be him, as it was with my dad's army photos, and it doesn't look anything like the other two photos I have of him (as a young man circa 1927 and another from 1960), or the image I have of him in my head - although I only met him for the first time when he was an old man in the late 1970s.
I can definitely recommend 'The Jewel In The Crown' to anyone with an interest in the last days of the Raj, the Indian Police, the Indian Army and the war in India/Burma. It should be available on DVD. I watch it once a year and consider it to be the best drama series ever produced by British TV.
I can't remember if I watched it in the 1980s, some of it does seem familiar, but I knew nothing of my grandfather's life then, so we're definitely going to sit down and watch it properly now.
A word of caution on the belt - its a Sam Browne Sam Browne belt - Wikipedia and the basic layout/style has been used by military and police forces the world over since it was invented so in itself isn't really a great indicator of the wearer being police rather than military (although the shoulder stars do seem a good sign)
Noted. Thank you. As you can see I come from a position of no military knowledge at all, so all the help is much appreciated.
Just be aware that Merrick - the District Superintendent of Police - is the villain of the piece. Well, an anti-hero, at least.
Thank you so much for recommending it, I must have watched it in the 80s but it was fantastic to watch it again - so relevant to my current research, and so well-made. We really enjoyed it.
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