Rawalpindi Memorabilia

Rawalpindi Tandoori Restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Rawalpindi Mementos: Rawalpindi Tandoori Restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland, UK - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

‘Moidul’s Rawalpindi’ (Formerly ‘Rawalpindi Grill’), London, UKThis restaurant serves Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian food. It is ownedd by one Moidul Hussain. The name sounds like a Bangladeshi. It is located at 62 King Street, Twickenham TW1 3SH, south-west London, England. One can see the further details in its website “Moidul’s Rawalpindi”.

Rawalpindi Mementos: "Moidul's Rawalpindi", a desi restaurant in London, UK - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

‘Rawalpindi Grill’ (Now ‘Moidul’s Rawalpindi’), a Desi Restaurant in London 

Rawalpindi Mementos: "Rawalpindi Grill" (Now "Moidul's Rawalpindi"), a desi restaurant in London, UK - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

Pindi Restaurant in New Delhi, India. It is located at Pandara Road, New Delhi, India and serves the best Punjabi food in Delhi.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photos during day and night of 'Pindi Restaurant' in New Delhi, India - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

Editor’s Note: Overseas visitors of this website, especially Pindiites, are requested to send more photos bearing the name of Rawalpindi in far far lands. They should simply write a Comment at the end of this page informing the availability of such pics, the Editor will get through them.

Writing at the Base of Lockhart’s Memorial Obelisk, Rawalpindi. General Sir William Stephen Alexander Lockhart was a British Army officer. He was Commander-in-Chief, India. He died of malaria whilst serving in office in Calcutta on March 18, 1900. Soldiers and their families paid for the construction of an obelisk in a Park on Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi. It is now called Roomi Park and located near AFIC, opposite MH (Military Hospital). Photo by Environmentalist.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photo showing writing at the base of Lockhart's Memorial Obelisk - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Plaque at Saint Paul’s Church, The Mall Road, RawalpindiSt. Paul’s Church is located in front of Army Hockey Stadium in a corner at the intersection of Mall Road and Murree Road. This elegant building was built in 1908 during British Raj. Photo by .

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photo of plaque at Saint Paul's Church, The Mall Road, Rawalpindi, built in 1908 during British Raj - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

First Day Cover of Stamp issued at Gordon College Rawalpindi Centenary Celebrations, 1993

Rawalpindi Mementos: First Day Cover of Stamp issued at Gordon College Rawalpindi Centenary Celebrations, 1993 - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Remembering HMS Rawalpindi at the Festival of Remembrance at London, 11 Nov 1989. SS Rawalpindi was a British passenger ship which was launched on 26 March 1925. She could accommodate 307 First Class and 288 Second Class passengers and  was assigned on the London-Bombay route. On the outset of Second World War, she was requisitioned by the British Admiralty on 26 August 1939 and converted to an armed merchant cruiser by the addition of eight 6 inch guns and two 3 inch guns. She was renamed as HMS Rawalpindi.
While patrolling north of the Faroe Islands on 23 November 1939, she encountered two of the most powerful German warships, the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau conducting a sweep between Iceland and the Faroes. Despite the hopeless situation, 60-year old Captain Edward Coverley Kennedy of HMS Rawalpindi decided to fight, rather than surrender as demanded by the Germans. He was heard to say “We’ll fight them both, they’ll sink us, and that will be that. Good-bye”.
The German warships sank HMS Rawalpindi within 40 minutes. 238 men died, including Captain Kennedy. Thirty-seven men were rescued by the German ships, and a further 11 were saved by HMS Chitral (another converted passenger ship).

Rawalpindi Mementos: Remembering HMS Rawalpindi at the Festival of Remembrance,London, 11 Nov 1989 - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

 

Stamp Issued by Britain in 1974 on 35th Anniversary of Sinking of “HMS Rawalpindi”. This stamp was issued on 23 November 1974 on 35th Anniversary of sinking of HMS Rawalpindi.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Stamp issued by Britain in 1974 on 35th Anniversary of sinking of HMS Rawalpindi - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Another UK Stamp in 1974 Commemorating 35th Anniversary of Sinking of HMS Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Mementos: Another UK Stamp showing 35th Anniversary of sinking of HMS Rawalpindi- Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Replica of HMS Rawalpindi in Imperial War Museum, London. The replica of HMS Rawalpindi, made of wood and metal, is placed in Imperial War Museum, London.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Wood & metal Replica of "HMS Rawalpindi" in Imperial War Museum, London - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

A Painting Showing Destruction of HMS Rawalpindi on 23 November 1939

Rawalpindi Mementos: A painting showing destruction of "HMS Rawalpindi" by German ships on 23 November 1939 - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

The Passenger Liner “S.S. Rawalpindi” Before She Became “HMS Rawalpindi”

Rawalpindi Mementos: The passenger liner "S.S. Rawalpindi" before she was fitted with guns and became "HMS Rawalpindi" - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Photo of SS Rawalpindi, on a Post Card, 1927

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photo of ship, SS Rawalpindi, on a Post Card, 1927 - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Queeen Victoria’s Statue, The Mall,  Rawalpindi. Queen Victoria’s Statue was sculpted in England and placed in Rawalpindi during British Raj. It was there in front of Army Stadium Gate No. 1, at the intersection of Murree Road and The Mall. It was later removed and shifted to British High Commission in 1957 and now stands there.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Queen Victoria's Statue on The Mall Road, Rawalpindi during British Raj - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Front View of Queen Victoria’s Statue on a Post Card

Rawalpindi Mementos: Front View of Queen Victoria's Statue on a Post Card. It was on The Mall Road - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An Old Photo of Rawalpindi City 

Rawalpindi Mementos: An old Black & White photo of Rawalpindi city - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An Old Black  & White Photo of General Post Office (GPO), Saddar, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Mementos: A rare Black & White Old Photo of GPO (General Post Office), Saddar, Rawalpindi - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

A Post Card Showing a Fort at Rawalpindi, 1912. This Post Card was sent from Rawalpindi to England on 18 April 1912.  The Post Card shows a building in the far distance and “The Fort – Rawalpindi” has been written on the Post Card. The Editor of this website is unable to trace the identity and location of this building. May be it is some where around Rawalpindi? The visitors of this website are requested to solve the mystery by writing a Comment at the end of this page.

Rawalpindi Mementos: A Post Card Showing a Fort at Rawalpindi, 1912 - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Old Photo of Victoria Barracks, Rawalpindi. Can someone give the exact location of Victoria Barracks? Many similar buildings are still located on Humayun Road between Army Public School & College for Girls and Military College of Signals.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Old Photo of Victoria Barracks, Rawalpindi  - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An old Photo of Saddar Bazar Rawalpidi. This photo taken from the upper floor of Massey Gate.

Rawalpindi Mementos: An old Photo of Saddar Bazar Rawalpidi, Photo taken from the Massey Gate - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Soldiers’ Home, Rawalpindi, on a Post Card 1910. It is located on Kashmir Road near HQ FWO. CSD Head Office is housed there.

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photo of Soldier Home, Rawalpindi, on a Post Card, 1910 - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

 Old Photo Showing General View of Barracks at Westridge, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Mementos: Old Photo showing general view of  Barracks at Westridge, Rawalpindi - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Black & White Post Card Photo of British Cavalry Barracks, Located at Westridge, Rawalpindi, 1910 

Rawalpindi Mementos:  Black & White Post Card photo of British Cavalry Barracks, located at Westridge, Rawalpindi, 1910 - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Photo of an Old Post Card Showing Military Accounts Office, Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photo of an Old Post Card Showing Military Accounts Office, Rawalpindi - Photos &Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An Old Post Card photo Showing Historical Building of Lansdowne Institute, Rawalpindi. It is also known as Naach Ghar (Dance House). See the next photo for further details.

Rawalpindi Mementos: An old Post Card photo showing historical building of Lansdowne Institute, Rawalpindi - - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An Old Post Card Photo of Naach Ghar (Dance House), RawalpindiNaach Ghar (Lansdowne Institute) now a days is a Boys Secondary School located in Railway Housing scheme #7 opposite Railway Diesel Workshop located on the road going to Gunjmandi.

Rawalpindi Mementos: An old Post Card photo showing Naach Ghar (Dance House), Rawalpindi - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An Extremely Rare Photo Showing a Train at Platform of Rawalpindi Railway Station

Rawalpindi Mementos: A very rare photo of a train at platform of Rawalpindi Railway Station - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

A Tonga at Imperial Hotel, Rawalpindi on 8 July 1907Two British soldiers, Frederick A. Dixon R.H.A. and A.H. Hopwood, Lincolnshire Regiment (Xth), traveled on this tonga from Rawalpindi to Murree on 8 July 1907. It took them 6 hours to reach Murree. They left Rawalpindi at 10 AM and after covering a distance of 38 miles reached Murree at 4 PM. On the way, they changed many fresh ponies, because it was a very steep gradient and their speed was quite slow. Read more here: “Frederick Dixon: Diary of 1907 Shooting/Trekking Trip in Kashmir & Baltistan”.

Rawalpindi Mementos: A tonga at Imperial Hotel, Rawalpindi on 8 July 1907, This tonga traveled to Murree - Photos & Things for Pindi Lovers

A Rare Post Card Photo of a Train at Rawalpindi Railway Station 

Rawalpindi Mementos: A rare Post Card Photo showing a train and steam engine at Rawalpindi Railway Station - Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

An Photo of Mall Road, Rawalpindi 

Rawalpindi Mementos: An old Black & White Photo of Mall Road, Rawalpindi - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Gazetteer of the Rawalpindi District 1893-94. Do someone has the copy of this document to share the contents in this Blog?

Rawalpindi Mementos: Photo of the title of Gazetteer of the Rawalpindi District 1893-94 - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

A Rare Copy of Goods Arrival Notice,  1889. This Goods Arrival Notice was issued on 4 December 1889 at Rawalpindi Railway Station by North Western Railway.

Rawalpindi Mementos: A rare copy of Goods Arrival Notice issued at Rawalpindi Railway Station by North Western Railway in 1889 - Photos & Things that remind old Rawalpindi to Pindi Lovers

Related Pages:
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Nostalgic Articles about Rawalpindi 

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Comments

  1. Agha Asad Raza says:

    The Cambridge Barracks still exist and are the same as mentioned under the photograph above. The ‘Fort’ appears to be the present day COD (near 502 Workshop).

  2. Rafique Ahmed Khan says:

    Sir,
    The collection, compilation & posting of such priceless and rare old photos of historical value buildings & sites (especially which have vanished; leaving their memory only) is really a marvelous and highly appreciable effort which only the person of high caliber like you can do. Thanking you to introduce such precious memory triggering pieces of historic value to the public.
    Ma God bestow you with strength enough to carry on this national service of honor in the times to come.

  3. Deepak Abbott says:

    I am looking for our roots in RawLpindi and Murree. Our ancestors were from these places before Partition. They had hotels by the name “Abbott Hotel” in Murree owned by Lala Karam Chand Abbott. His sons were Ashok Abbott, Basant Abbott. Can anybody suggest about the properties or their old friends in Pindi and Murree?

    • Rafique Ahmed Khan says:

      If you can please provide some more details of your ancestors with regards to their residence in Rawalpindi or their famous relations to proceed further.
      It may be a point of some interest for you if you please read all the episodes of “MY OLD BUT EVER NEW PINDI” in the website NATIVE PAKISTAN under the segment “Nostalgic Articles about Rawalpindi” (http://nativepakistan.com/nostalgic-articles-about-rawalpindi/).
      Will revert on your reply.

  4. Hi,
    “The Fort”, shown in 1912 Post Card, is old building of restricted military area CIVEE and IE&I
    Fort Area inside Chaklala Garrison still looks the same, Old PTV station was also part of this building and 501 Workshop, CIL all were part of The FORT years ago. Now-a-days you can enter from fort from AMMAR CHOWK Chaklala, Rawalpindi.

  5. Umair Janjua says:

    Memorable pictures, a great history.

  6. Mrs Gloria Newport ( nee Webber) says:

    My! What memories these pictures brought back. We lived in Cambridge Barracks, my mother was in the WAC(I) and used to cycle each day to Northern Command where she served in the Signals. Right opposite was the Army School that I used to attend. Mrs Roberts was the Headmistress, and had a small bungalow within the grounds. My friend lived in Westridge Road, and we are still friends after all these years (Approx 72 years).

  7. Dr. Zubair Hasan says:

    Hats off for collecting these wonderful pictures. I have spent most of my life in Rawalpindi Cantonment and it was a great pleasure going through the memory lane. I am still interested in knowing more about the history of Westridge. Some say it was known as Ratta Amraal Qasbaati? Anybody who can throw light?

  8. National College of Arts Rawalpindi Campus is undertaking a documentation of built heritage of the city. Please share your memories and photographs with us and we will be happy to acknowledge and credit you for your contribution in telling the story of the city. Regards, Dr Nadem Omar Tarar, at notarar@gmail.com,

  9. Soldiers’ Homes were started by an Irish lady named Mrs. Sandes. It was usually known as Sande’s Soldiers’ Home and they were built all over India, including Murree and Lower Topa. The one in the picture, in Rawalpindi, is located almost opposite the FWO building near the Station School and Telephone Office on the way to RA Bazaar from the Mall. It now houses the CSD offices. As the name implies, they were hostels for soldiers’ rest and recreation. The building is still in very good condition.

    The Lansdowne Institute was a club for Anglo Indian employees of the Railways, similar to the Burt and Carson Institutes in Lahore. It was more popularly known as the “Naatch Ghar” because of the dance floor inside and the many dances held there. Till a few years ago, a government school by the name of Naatch Ghar High School was located there. The name has since been changed. The building is hardly recognizable from what it was. All the cupolas have disappeared.

  10. Shaheda Rizvi says:

    Thank you for these awesome pics. I lived in Pindi on 125 Westridge Road. My house is there no more. But the fondest memories in my heart are those of Pindi. What a grand piece of earth.

  11. Ali Khan Marwat says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing such valuable vintage pics. I just lost in the history for as long as I went through these.

  12. Sarfraz Ahmed says:

    Swaad aa gayya Badshao!

  13. Ubaid Kazmi says:

    Excellent collection, my dear!!!!

  14. Maj (R) Muhammad Nasim says:

    Amzing and impressive collection of history of Rawalpindi, a great contribution.

  15. RK Yusuf says:

    Tried to email you at the address given in your page, but email bounced. Have info for you to add to the site. Regards.

  16. Mahmood Khalid says:

    A very impressive library of rare pics. I was born in Rawalpindi and lived at the then Connaught Road in Chaklala. Do you have any pics of early 60s?

  17. Iftekhar Aziz says:

    Thank you sir for these nostalgic memories. May Allah (SWT) bless you, Amen.

  18. Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa says:

    What a herculian effort collecting these amazing pictures. Cheema, only you could do it.

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