The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 3: A Commemorative Poem by Rudyard Kipling, 1907
A Commemorative Poem by Rudyard Kipling, 1907
THIS poem was read on the occasion of ‘The Golden Commemoration of the Indian Mutiny’ at the Royal Albert Hall, 23 December 1907, and was later published in a collection of Kipling poems under the title ‘The Veterans’. The 1907 programme of events is conserved among the India Office records held at the British Library. It was decorated with sketches of the Kashmiri Gate, Delhi, the Residency at Lucknow and the Well at Cawnpore. The day's events began at Hyde Park with an Inspection of the Indian Mutiny Veterans at 1 p.m., and continued with a concert in the Royal Albert Hall. At the latter, ‘The Phantom Brigade’ by Myddleton, and ...