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Transcript of D/DLI 7/426/4 (page 4)

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One occasionally saw dead tigers brought in by coolies, tied to

bamboo poles that our officers had shot in the jungles. The families went up

to the hills at Maymou for the hot weather, travelling in bullock carts and

living in tents. Here one saw orchids of every size and colour flourishing

in the trees. It was a great day for us children when my father destroyed a

large cobra that got into the house and was twisted round his rifle. Our last

two years before the battalion returned to England were at Wellington in the

Nilgherri Hills. A delightful hill station, yet very much surrounded by wild

animals and with gay Oota Command over the way.