East R.G.A.s Barracks Postcard

This week’s postcard depicts the R.G.A. barracks in India before the Great War: 

The R.G.A. is presumably the Royal Garrison Artillery and these barracks are large airy constructions with high rooves to encourage airflow and verandas to allow off-duty men to get fresh air whilst avoiding the direct rays of the sun: 

Note the shields over each window: 

These would have mesh on them to allow the windows to be opened with a much reduced risk of mosquitos entering the building. 

Private John Fraser has left this evocative description of the barrack blocks in Agra: 

[They had] a certain affinity in size and shape to a cathedral. One for each company. Long and wide and spacious, they were cut off in the middle by a transept-like messroom fitted with tables and forms where the whole company could sit down at table at one time. The two halves for sleeping accommodation consisted each of an airy, high space, forty feet to the roof and twenty feet wide, the walls interspaced with aisles. The stone slabs of the floor added to the effect of cloistered coolness. The necessary shelves, cots and kit-boxes were fitted between an arch at the side… 

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