Category Archive: Armistice Day

  1. Comrades of WW1

    We get a lot of questions and messages on Twitter via @SikhsAtWar

    One such person is Marika Pirie from Canada, who shared with us this rare postcard showing a British and Indian soldier.

    The individual on the right is a Sikh, the beard and turban certainly show this to be the case.  But the chakkar on the turban seems more crescent shaped that circular – highly likely a mistake on the part of the artist.

    If you have any images you’d like to share with us on this blog – please do so via dothyphen1

  2. Visit to the Royal Memorial Chapel

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    The Royal Memorial Chapel, Sandhurst, holds tributes to British officers who fought during the Great War and Second World War.

    What’s so unique about the chapel’s memorial is that it pays tribute to the officers who led Sikh soldiers.

    Sikhs fought for Empire for more than 100 years – from after the annexation of the Punjab in 1849 up to the Second World War in 1945.

    They were loyal, brave and maintained their Sikh faith and traditions in battle.

    I had the opportunity recently to visit the chapel and see the memorial to those who fought and died.

    Hopefully, this short film for “Sikhs At War” will give you an idea of the significance of their sacrifice – and the importance of the act of Remembering those who served.

  3. Armistice Day 11/11/2010

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    Today was Armistice Day, I had the pleasure of joining servicemen and women at the Sikh Chaplaincy Conference in London to network and hear about British Sikh history.

    It was a pleasure to be able to introduce various elements of the proceedings including introducing two very notable individuals – the Adjutant General of the British Army and an engaging historian Kiran Kaur Rana.

    As with the rest of our nation, the act of Remembrance was undertaken and silence held to remember those that fought and died for us during the Great War.

    The event also saw the attendance of Sikh War Veterans, a rare breed of warrior becoming rarer still every passing year. Let us always remember their heroics.