The British Indian Army in WW1
As a young British Indian, I feel the need to remember the sacrifices given by the hundreds and thousands of soldiers of Indian origin who served in the First World War (1914 – 1918). I believe that those who gave their lives at that time have resulted in a more peaceful and prosperous today for us. The aim of my project is to highlight the role of the British Indian Armed Forces of ‘undivided India’ in the First World War. I will be conducting research at the British Library, the National Archives and the National Army Museum to contribute towards the development of a range of programmes including a battlefield tour, educational materials for schools and an exhibition to be displayed across the country.
I place strong importance on understanding my identity and think it is necessary to reflect on the way our world is shaped because of the commitments of those who lived before us. I also believe there is a strong relevance for British Indians to remember the cause of Indian soldiers who served in Her Majesty’s army.
This is relevant to us now, as we are commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War (1914-1918), and it is important for the stories of these soldiers to come alive once more.
Suraj is a Chakra ’16 Intern working with We Were There Too