The Punjab Mail Murder: The Story of an Indian Army Officer - Roger PerkinsChippenham: Picton Publishing, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels of the dust wrapper. The contents complete, clean and tight but with minor spotting to the lining papers.
Black & white photographs; Maps; Frontispiece; Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Frontispiece;
From the cover: “This little book is the second and enlarged edition of a story first published in 1979. It describes the short life and brutal murder in 1931 of a young officer of the old Indian Army, George Ramsay Hext. A passenger on one of India’s premier express trains, he was the innocent victim of an offence which shocked the Raj. Intended to aid the Indian nationalist movement inspired by Gandhi, the crime instead served the arguments of those who claimed that the sub-continent was not yet ready for independence.
There were many politically motivated murders in India between 1900 and 1947. At first glance, the killing of George Hext was just one more in a long list of equally futile gestures. What set his death apart from many others was the savagery of the attack and the extraordinary events which followed it. A tale of the macabre, The Punjab Mail Murder would be almost unbelievable if each of the component episodes was not so well documented. It has been the task of the author to trace those documents — and the few surviving eye-witness accounts — and to link them in a narrative spanning more than half a century. The result is a dramatic story full of high courage and astonishing coincidence.”