Around 130,000 Indian Sikhs saw active service during the First World War but records of their contribution are hard to find. “Sikh soldiers and the First World War” is a major new project will help to address this by ensuring many of their stories are told.
The United Kingdom Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) has received a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake this project during 2014, which will see contemporary Sikh communities act as citizen historians, combing through a wide range of sources and revealing that history. We are looking forward to seeing the life stories of Sikh participants added to Lives of the First World War.
By being part of the permanent digital memorial, we can ensure that contribution will be recognised, remembered and connected to the global story of the war.
To learn more about the Sikh soldiers and the First World War project, read the full press release.