Mon 16th Feb 2015

Battle of Neuve Chapelle Centenary: Honouring the past, sharing the future

The Hindu Council UK has been involved in the organisation of an event to mark the centenary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. 

The event will take place on Tuesday 10 March at 6pm, at the Imperial War Museum (North), Salford Quays, Manchester, hosted by the Undivided Indian Ex-Servicemen’s Association.

The Second Battle of Neuve Chapelle was the first major engagement of Indian troops on the Western Front. This event is taking place on Tuesday 10th March 2015 which is the exact hundredth anniversary of the start of the Battle.

This initiative has been developed by representatives from a multi-community (Hindu-Muslim-Sikh) steering group.  The aim is to promote public understanding of the role of Indian troops during the First World War, particularly among young people and Asian communities in the UK. Throughout the War up to 1.5 million Indians enlisted to fight as part of the British Empire. Up to 74,000 died on various Fronts for a country not theirs. They won much admiration and many awards for their skill and bravery. Details of the event follow:

The event will be addressed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP. Other Ministers, senior faith and community leaders and military officers will be in the audience. The programme will close with the reciting of a statement honouring those of different faiths who served together in the War and committing the three communities to working together in the future for the good of society.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to satyaminhas@yahoo.co.uk by 25 February 2015.