1920s Photo Album 304 Pics China Civil War Sudan Border Regiment Army Ships

1920s Photo Album 304 Pics China Civil War Sudan Border Regiment Army Ships

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1920s Photo Album 304 Pics China Civil War Sudan Border Regiment Army Ships:




Historically Important


Photograph Album.

A fantastic & original photograph album,

datingfrom the 1920s.

Over 300 unique photos taken by a serving soldier

during his service in Sudan, China & India.

(please see pics.)

This album belonged to

CaptainPhilip Joseph Spence Watson,

who served in the Border Regiment & was sent to China in 1927,

as part of the Shanghai Defence Force

during the Chinese Civil War.

A lot of thesephotographs were taken atthis time of

tremendous political upheaval & social unrest in China.

(please see pics.)

The earliest dated photograph is "Port Said 1926"

& the latest is "Gibraltar 1928".

(please see pics.)

The photographs

are printed in sepiaor black& white.

They have beenglued into a heavy card album,

with photographs to both sides of every page.

The album has been filled in chronological

(please see pics.)

This is a fascinating &uniquecollection of images,

from one man's service history

which cover a real breadth of subjects.

There aretopographical scenes, troops on parade,

Army sports competitions,

troops entering Shaghai,harbours & ships

as well as informal snapshots of his fellow Officers.

(please see pics.)

There are so many pictures that it is impossible

todescribe them all in depth,

some are of everyday life on service abroad,

but there is a particularly interesting set of 4

which have been captioned

"Fengtien Retreat",

which has manyChinese people loaded onto openwagon trains,

making their escape

with others of local scenes & landmarks.

(please see pics.)

Some of the captions are very much of their time &

would not be considered appropriate in the modern world,

such astwo entitled "Fuzzy Wuzzies" & "Laughing Chinee".

(please see pics.)

The first 6 pages feature images from the Middle East,

then the following 31 pages have photographs that were taken in

Shanghai when the Border Regiment entered the city as part of the

Shaghai Defence.

There are pictures of troops, landmarks, temples, portraits of locals,

& posed portraits of the Officers of the 1st & 2nd Battalions of the

Border Regiment.

(please see pics.)

There is a photo of a Regimental dinner, with all of the officers

relaxing around a dining table in formal attire. Attached to this is

the menu from the night, with the signatures of all of the attendees.

(please see pics.)

There are even a selection of photos showing local cats!

The final 9 pages of the album must have been taken when the

regiment was leaving Shanghai & have pictures of Port Sudan,

Gibraltar & Khanpur Junction.

(please see pics.)

Colonel Philip Joseph Spence Watson

served in the Army & had an illustrious career,

which included receiving the Military Cross.

He was granted the honorary rank of Colonel

upon his retirement in 1954 & is mentioned three times

in the London Gazette .

(please see pics.)

To theinside back cover,

Watson has listed the dates ofsome of his service travel &

destinations in black ink;

Tien to Southampton 1828 & Southampton to Rawalpindi 1932.

(please see pics.)

Loose within the album is a newspaper cutting

relating to the Border Regiment, dated 1960,

& twoBorder Regiment history booklets.

Interestingly,some of the information detailed within these booklets

corresponds exactly with the photographs.

(please see pics.)

A truly fascinating & unique collection.

Album:~9 inches tall x 12.5 inches wide

x 2 inches deep

(23cm tall x 32cm wide x 5cm deep)


Totally original & fresh to the market.

No restoration & just as we found it.

Old, used & pre-owned,

sosome signs of age & use only.

(please see pics.)

There is some light rubbing & wear to the photographs in parts,

but all images are clear.

(please see pics.)

There are7loose photos at the back of the album that don't appear to have ever been mounted in the album.

(please see pics.)

There is significant wear to the spine & binding,

causing some pages to be loose & this will need attention,

however, all pages are present, as are the photographs.

(please see pics.)

Otherwisethis is good throughout,

a truly fascinating record


displays absolutely wonderfully.

(please see pics.provided,that show the item condition.)

A fantastic & original collection of unique photographs.


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On 17-Jun-13 at 10:29:16 BST, seller added the following information:

Please note:~

There is a typing error in the description. The listed the dates ofsome of his service travel &

destinations should read:

Tien to Southampton 1928 (not 1828 as stated) & Southampton to Rawalpindi 1932.

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