The narrative is based on fact and fiction. The names of cities and provinces remain the same. Several names of the characters have been changed. The story is based on an Anglo-Indian family who were residing in India. Mervyn Welsh, the second eldest son of this family, joined the British Army and was in action against Rommel with the 20th Indian Infantry Brigade in Egypt in June 1942. The Brigade lost most of their Infantry and the remnants of the Brigade were sent to Cyprus to form the Crusade Force. In Cyprus, Sergeant Welsh had 3 love affairs. He married Helen, one of the sisters, while the other had to get married, as she was carrying Sergeant Welsh¿s child. The third girl, a relative of the sisters, was also pregnant after a brief affair with Sergeant Welsh. She married an Anglo-Indian doctor, Albert Ward of the Indian Army Medical Corp. All three ladies gave birth to boys and were baptised Guy Mervyn, Mervyn Junior, and Melvin. All the three boys carried the Welsh¿s tell-tale mole on their right shins. The story is based on the lives of these three boys and the son of Guy Mervyn, who was named Dennis. Also included in the story is the love affair of a rich Englishman who was Commissioner in the Central Province of India. He had an affair with a rich Indian girl who died giving birth to twin girls named Lela and Nello. He was sent back to England in disgrace. Both girls, in later life married into Anglo-Indian families.
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Published February 27, 2009
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