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Cliff Parrett studied economics and social anthropology at the University of Exeter. He joined the chemicals industry and embarked on a commercial career that took him first to West Africa, then to the Middle East and the Far East, before returning to preside over an international business based in France, where he now lives in retirement.
When located in Iran he developed an interest in the British interventions in Persia and Afghanistan, which in turn led to an abiding fascination with the history of the Anglo-Indian Army and in particular the often understated contribution of the Indian soldier. He is an avid researcher, to which end he has accumulated an extensive library of printed literature relating to the Indian Army and its campaigns. He is currently editor of Durbar, the quarterly journal of the Indian Military Historical Society.