Duke Collection: 3: Sporting events in India 1930s

This film is held by the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (ID: 2000/029/003).


Roorkie?: Engineering Training School (could be Knox School?) and Engineering Corps recruit training and regimental sports:

Playing polo. Gymkhana with trick and formation riding, various jolly games, band playing. Swimming in river. A parade. Diving competition. Indians in tug of war, putting the shot, running races, high jump, discus throwing. Horse races. Tug of war again. 1930s

Production / Donor Details: This collection was shot by Brigadier Cecil Leonard Basil (Bulger) Duke, 1896-1962, who, after service in WWI, was posted to India in 1921. From 1922 -28 he commanded the 4th Field Company, KGO Bengal Sappers & Miners, which was engaged on road and bridge building in Waziristan and the construction of training camps near Peshawar. In 1934 he returned from the U.K. to the Bengal Sappers at Roorkee as Superintendent of Instruction, and in 1938 became Commandant of the Sappers Training Battalion at Roorkee. From 1942-45 he was imprisoned by the Japanese, and from 1946 served in Burma and then Kenya where he was Commander Mombasa Sub Area when the vast Mackinnon Road construction works were carried out. After retirement in 1952 he spent the rest of his life in Kenya near Thomson's Falls.



  • Duke Collection: 3: Sporting events in India 1930s (Archive)
Series Title:
Duke Collection

Technical Data

Running Time:
16 minutes 40 secs
Film Gauge (Format):
8mm VHS BetaSP
200 ft

Production Credits

Production Details
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