A journey through a momentous chapter of Sikh history left visitors moved as they walked in the footsteps of the heroes who fought and died with the British Army during The ‘Great War' of 1914-1918.
Seventy people joined ASHT Tours on May 2nd, with expert guides from Anglia Battlefield Tours who brought the conflict to life. The party were able to stand in places where Sikh soldiers had actually fought, touch and feel real weapons from the Great War, and get a glimpse of the invaluable contribution made by ‘India's fighting sons'.
The tour included a pilgrimage to the spectacular Indian Memorial at Neuve Chapelle. The palace like structure is a memorial to all Indian Soldiers including many Sikhs who died in the conflict. The memorial walls are inscribed with the names of many Sikhs whose lives were cut short in the muddy battlefields of Northern Europe.
At dusk, the group joined the hundreds of spectators who gathered for ‘The Last Post' ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. This poignant and sombre remembrance ceremony has taken place every day at 8pm since 1926 and tributes the tremendous sacrifice made by millions of men and boys for the freedom of Europe.
This was an experience of a lifetime and I feel honoured that I was able to take part, especially the ceremony at Menin Gate. J K Sandher
Read more about the experiences of those that took part & see images of the tour here.