Galloping AheadDate: Wednesday, 27 October, 2010
"Stories may fade. Tradition never Dies"
ASHT pulled off another pioneering first by conceiving and spearheading the Saragarhi campaign.
The campaign commenced with a high profile launch at the Imperial War Museum on 27th July which featured General Sir Richard Dannant and ASHT Ambassadors Sir Mota Singh QC and Pops from Tigerstyle.
This was followed by a formal press launch at the National Army Museum and saw two of the UK's most distinguished soldier's Viscount Lord Slim and Field Marshall Sir John Chappell join the invited guests. Coverage of the campaign was carried in the Daily Telegraph and the British Forces Broadcasting Channel.
In a further exciting departure from its usual events ASHT organised a polo match between a visiting Sikh team and the British Army. Held at the Royal Berkshire Polo Ground this fiercely competitive and entertaining match was played for the inaugural Saragarhi Challenge Cup. The silver trophy, donated by the publishers of the Nishaan journal, was presented by HRH the Prince of Wales to the British army team. The Sikh team included Angad Singh, grandson of The Maharajah of Patiala.
To mark the actual anniversary of the battle ASHT co-ordinated various acts of remembrance throughout the UK on Sunday 12th September. The focal point was a service and act of remembrance co hosted by ASHT, Sikh Heritage Association Warwick & Leamington and the Gurudwara Sahib at Leamington. Special guests were Ricky Haughton (whose great grand uncle commanded the 36th Sikhs at the battle), and Paramjit Singh whose great grandfather served in the relief force which reached the fort after the original action. The event was attended by several notable dignitaries including local Mayors and the local MP.
The service culminated in local youngsters laying commemorative symbols and the playing of the last post.