https://youtu.be/-jWzbTbqQVI In spite of making up just two percent of the Indian population when the First World War broke out, Sikhs represented more than 20 percent of the Indian Army's labor. Sikh fighters from Punjab and neighboring states fought in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, most prominently on the Western Front and at Gallipoli. On the western front Sikhs battled and received martyrdom alongside their British, Indian and Commonwealth partners. Their commitment was fundamental to the war exertion and of the twenty-two, Military Crosses granted to Indian fighters, fourteen went to Sikhs. As a component of marking the last year of the First World War century remembrances, Government has extended support for a campaign by Slough MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi to help set up a Working Group and support the campaign to locate a reasonable area. Once a fitting site has been recognized and a memorial agreed on, the Government has consented to provide funding towards the project. Plans for a national remembrance to respect the commitment Sikhs have made to Britain and her allies have today (30 January 2018) got backing from Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The Secretary further added;
The part played by Sikh servicemen really stands out – a contribution that’s all the more remarkable when you consider that these brave men travelled thousands of miles to fight for a country that wasn’t their ownHe further added;
We are indebted to all those servicemen who volunteered to serve and fought to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.Sikh servicemen in the British Armed Forces have shown uncommon demonstrations of fortitude and forfeit in the administration of Great Britain and her allies. A huge number of Sikh troopers saw dynamic administration amid the First and Second World Wars and in ensuing clashes. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh fighters gave their lives and more than 100,000 were harmed amid the two Wars.
That’s why a Sikh war memorial in our nation’s capital will honour their sacrifice and ensure that this part of our shared history is never forgotten. So I’m delighted to get behind this campaign and ensure its success.
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