Remembering the sacrifices made by the First World War's 'invisible heroes'

Posted by ap507 at Oct 08, 2014 12:50 PM |
Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers paid tribute at free public event on Saturday 18 October
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Remembering the sacrifices made by the First World War's 'invisible heroes'

Sikhs during the First World War

Update: Local journalists from Pukaar News were at the lecture interviewing participants and members of the audience. You can read their report and watch their video of the occasion on their website.

During the First World War thousands of Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers gave their lives to the cause and offered vital support to the British Army and Allied Forces during the four-year military campaign that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.

The honourable contributions made by the Sikh community during the conflict form the foundations of an upcoming free public lecture to take place at the University on Saturday 18 October organised by the Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society (SWCS).

During the event, ’Invisible Heroes: The Sikhs and Commonwealth Soldiers in World War One’, prominent speakers from the Sikh community will discuss the role of Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers in Europe during the conflict and the outcomes the war had on Sikh communities.

Resham Singh Sandhu, MBE, DL, FRSA, Chairman of the SWCS, said: “It gives me great pleasure to host this World War One Lecture on behalf of the Sikh Welfare and Cultural Society at the University of Leicester, which aims to awaken and highlight to the world the great sacrifices made by Sikhs and Commonwealth soldiers for the freedom of all humanity.”

The event will take place on Saturday 18 October at the University's Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing between 2:30 – 4:00pm, followed by vegetarian refreshments in the Charles Wilson Building from 4:00pm.

Places for the lecture are still available and car parking on campus will be available via entrance 1 on University Road, near the Danielle Brown Sports Centre.

For more information email: or call 0116 229 7467. A campus map is available here.

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