Surat Singh's grandfather, Jem Singh,
is mentioned in the first volume of the
When cholera struck Woodstock
in 1910, the school had to be evacuated. In her account of what
happened at Upper Woodstock during this evacuation, Miss Jones
says that the girls slept on field beds and the first night they had
no dinner, for that day even the Christian servants ran off in sheer
fright. Water was a problem. The water in those days came from a
spring below the Tehri Road, for the water system of Landour had
not yet been put in. Colonel Rennie forbade the use of this spring in
case the water should be contaminated.
Finally the Cantonment Magistrate gave permission to
get water from the military spring at Jabarkhet,
"providing they could secure
men to get it who would not draw water when
the Military "bhistis" (water carriers) were there.
One or two of the Christian servants remained
faithful and the loyal bearers Nagu, Jem Singh,
Man Singh Sankaru and others, so that the
three establishments were cared for. An inherent
loyalty, Miss Jones called it, with perhaps
a touch of the feeling so common in the East that what
is written is written, and one cannot escape
from the fate that is written for him in his forehead.
The First Century
REV. A.E. PARKERSigned -
Mussoorie, U.P. 15 th November 1939
Padam Singh came to Woodsotck about five years ago when his
father Jem Singh died. His father had been in Woodstock for
about 45 years and in his last years he was head bearer here at the
school. Padam Singh is fairly well educated and has acted as
bearer and manager of the things about the school. He has also
helped look after the little boys in the shcool building. He understands
them very well and knows all about their cloths. We have
always found him har-working and conscientoous about his work.
He is very honest and dependable. I can only speak of him in the
highest terms as a man as well as a servant of Woodstock.
A.E. Parker, Principal