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Pakistan : Record Of 3 Point 20 Lakh Indian Soldiers Who Fought In World War I Found, Documents Buried In Museum For 97 Years

Agency, Lahore.

Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Thu, 11 Nov 2021 05:45 AM IST

Summary

Some British families of Indian origin identify their ancestors by the names of the soldiers on record and their father, village and regiment. These soldiers were involved in the wars in Arab countries, East Africa, Gallipoli etc. Several families also shared their 100-year-old photographs and interesting anecdotes from them.

Records of 3.20 lakh Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War have been discovered by British historians in the Lahore Museum. This discovery has again proved the massive contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War. In this, the names of the soldiers of Punjab and surrounding have been given. These documents were lying unnoticed in the museum for 97 years. These are being digitized and uploaded on the website.

Some British families of Indian origin identify their ancestors by the names of the soldiers on record and their father, village and regiment. These soldiers were involved in the wars in Arab countries, East Africa, Gallipoli etc. Several families also shared their 100-year-old photographs and interesting anecdotes from them. The descendants of British and Irish soldiers trace their ancestry to similar records.

Up to 40% of the people from many villages became soldiers
Amandeep Madra, president of the UK Punjab Heritage Association, which is digitizing the documents, said that 40-40 per cent of the people from many villages had enrolled in the army. About 45 thousand records belong to the soldiers of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Sialkot (currently in Pakistan) only.

26,000 pages of records
These records were prepared by the Punjab Government in 1919 after the completion of the First World War. These have 26,000 pages, some of which are printed and some are handwritten with names and other information. It is estimated that the digitization of names of 2.75 lakh soldiers of about 25 districts of Punjab and adjoining areas of undivided India will be completed soon.

British had forgotten the contribution

  • British actor Lawrence Fox described the appearance of Sikh soldiers in the 1917 World War I film as strange. Apologized later.
  • In the British Indian Army, 1.30 lakh Sikh soldiers are said to have fought in the First World War, this figure may prove to be even bigger with the new discovery.
  • It is estimated that one-sixth of the British army was Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Most of the people of Punjab were from all religions.

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Records of 3.20 lakh Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War have been discovered by British historians in the Lahore Museum. This discovery has again proved the massive contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War. In this, the names of the soldiers of Punjab and surrounding have been given. These documents were lying unnoticed in the museum for 97 years. These are being digitized and uploaded on the website.

Some British families of Indian origin identify their ancestors by the names of the soldiers on record and their father, village and regiment. These soldiers were involved in the wars in Arab countries, East Africa, Gallipoli etc. Several families also shared their 100-year-old photographs and interesting anecdotes from them. The descendants of British and Irish soldiers trace their ancestry to similar records.

Up to 40% of the people from many villages became soldiers

Amandeep Madra, president of the UK Punjab Heritage Association, which is digitizing the documents, said that 40-40 per cent of the people from many villages had enrolled in the army. About 45 thousand records belong to the soldiers of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Sialkot (currently in Pakistan) only.

26,000 pages of records

These records were prepared by the Punjab Government in 1919 after the completion of the First World War. These have 26,000 pages, some of which are printed and some are handwritten with names and other information. It is estimated that the digitization of names of 2.75 lakh soldiers of about 25 districts of Punjab and adjoining areas of undivided India will be completed soon.

British had forgotten the contribution

  • British actor Lawrence Fox described the appearance of Sikh soldiers in the 1917 World War I film as strange. Apologized later.
  • In the British Indian Army, 1.30 lakh Sikh soldiers are said to have fought in the First World War, this figure may prove to be even bigger with the new discovery.
  • It is estimated that one-sixth of the British army was Indian Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Most of the people of Punjab were from all religions.

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