An exhibition has opened at Brighton's famous Royal Pavilion - the seaside retreat of King George IV as Prince Regent in the 19th Century - which was used as an Indian military hospital during World War I.
More than 4,000 servicemen from the Indian Corps injured on the Western Front were treated at the hospital between December 1914 and February 1916.
The soldiers were seemingly impressed with their grandiose surroundings. One wrote home: "Do not be anxious about me, we are very well looked after. Our hospital is in the place where the King used to have his throne."
Care was taken over the religious and cultural differences of troops from British India. Hindus and Muslims had separate water supplies and patients were treated by orderlies from their own caste or faith.
Lavish regal spaces such as The Dome, pictured, Music Room and Banqueting Room were converted into makeshift wards. The Great Kitchen was even used as an operating theatre.
Six surgeons and a nurse in an operating theatre. The Brighton Herald reported in 1914: "There can be few stranger chapters in the history of England than that which is being written in Brighton."
The pavilion retained its links with the monarchy during the war. King George V and Queen Mary made a royal visit in 1915 during which awards for gallantry, including the Victoria Cross, were bestowed on Indian soldiers.
The Workhouse Infirmary, now Brighton General Hospital, was also employed as a military hospital for Indian soldiers. It was renamed the Kitchener Hospital, after Britain's War Secretary Lord Kitchener.
Brighton's role as a centre for Indian military hospitals - York Place and Pelham Street schools were also used - is marked by a memorial gateway, depicted next to the pavilion entrance in this postcard from the 1920s.
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