The 70th anniversary of Indian independence and its subsequent traumatic partition has been the subject of much media attention in recent months. The man chosen by Clement Attlee to be the last Viceroy and to oversee the transition was Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979). Lord and Lady Mountbatten had strong ties to Hampshire and, when in England, often entertained at Edwina’s family home, Broadlands near Romsey.
Hampshire men from all levels of society have served the British Raj, in the civil service, the church or in the army. These connections between the county and the subcontinent can be traced through the letters, diaries and other personal papers held at Hampshire Record Office.
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