Prince of Wales – Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail & Tigerstyle @ Indian WW1 Soldiers Memorial, France
Their Royal Highnesses will visit Neuve-Chapelle Memorial, in memory of soldiers from South Asia who gave their lives fighting for the British Indian Army in the First World War. Their Royal Highnesses will meet students from the United Kingdom and France and a Sikh delegation led by the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail.
The Neuve-Chapelle Indian Memorial is a World War I memorial in France, located on the outskirts of the commune of Neuve-Chapelle, in the county of Pas de Calais. The memorial commemorates some 4742 Indian soldiers with no known grave, who fell in battle while fighting for the British Indian Army in the First World War. The location of the memorial was chosen because of the participation by Indian troops at the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.
The memorial was unveiled by the Earl of Birkenhead on 7 October 1927. The Earl of Birkenhead (Frederick Edwin Smith), who was present in his role as Secretary of State for India, had served in France in WWI from 1914 to 1915 as a staff officer with the Indian Corps.
Later additions to the memorials commemorated other Indian Army dead of both World Wars.
During the tour Their Royal Highnesses will meet visiting South Asian veterans and members of the Youth Project Group and children from Allerton Grange School in Leeds as well as representatives of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail. This delegation will include Jaimal Singh Johal whose grandfather Manta Singh was wounded at Neuve Chapelle whilst fighting with the Sikh regiment and who subsequently died at the Indian Military Hospital in Brighton.
Also present will be Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail ambassadors Tigerstyle , the highly acclaimed duo who combine their Sikh roots with cutting edge music performance and production.