Friday, December 19, 2014

Countdown to new memorial for WW1 Indian heroes

A closer look at the memorial statue

Pictures of how the memorial in Staffordshire will look

Pictures have been unveiled of a new permanent memorial in honour of the Indian soldiers who fought during World War One.
The "WW1 Sikh Memorial" will take the form of a statue at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and it will commemorate around 130,000 Sikh soldiers who fought in the Great War.

A national campaign for the permanent memorial began back in August. Work is now well underway for the statue, and it is due to be unveiled in a special ceremony at the Arboretum in March next year.
Despite only making up 1% of the Indian population at the time, the Sikh contribution to the war efforts is recognised as remarkable. They constituted 20% of the British and Indian Army and were represented in more than a third of regiments at the time.

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