Issue No:  10


 

In This Issue

  • Flying Sikhs in the Midlands
  • Maharajah & The Kohinoor Tour
  • Manchesters Exhibition
  • ASHT Research
  • ASHT on Facebook & Twitter

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Flying Sikhs in the Midlands
 Flying Sikhs Poster
After its successful UK Premiere in London last year Flying Sikhs: A History of Sikh Fighter Pilots comes to the Midlands with screenings in Birmingham on 21st February and Leicester on 7th March.

The film provides an intimate portrait of the Sikh pilots who valiantly contributed to British success in both World Wars. The history of the Sikhs who flew in the Royal Flying Corps, the Royal Air Force and the Indian Air Force has been forgotten, yet their bravery was recognised widely both within the armed services and the public during the dark days of the Blitz and the Japanese invasion of South East Asia.

'Winner of Best Short Non Fiction Film at the Parvasi Film Festival 2010'

Also showing 'The Prisoner's Song' by Michael Singh, A documentary film about Mal Singh, a Sikh soldier captured by the Germans during World War One.

Produced by Sikhpoint.com

For tickets and information visit www.asht.info/events


Maharajah & The Kohinoor Tour
 The Maharajah & The Kohinoor Tour Flyer

Back by popular demand, this family theatre production will tour around schools and venues in the UK with an opening performance at The Drum, Birmingham on 11th March.

Charting one of the most illustrious episodes in British history, the story follows the life of Duleep Singh, the last Maharajah of Lahore, who was deposed at the age of eleven and sent to England.  Here he became a court favourite of Queen Victoria but eventually rebelled and was driven into the arms of exploitative meddlers. He died penniless and alone.

'Excellent quality performances/activities. Very creative and inspirational' Audience Member

For performance tickets visit www.the-drum.org.uk

Dates available from Spring to Autumn!  Book the play in your local area now!


Manchesters Exhibition
 Chelsea Pensioner with a Sikh Veteran

A new Exhibition tracing the relationship of The Manchester Regiment with units from across the world has opened at the Museum of The Manchesters in Ashton-under-Lyne Town Hall.

The Jullundur Brigade features in the Exhibition and contained within it are two items of particular interest on public display for the first time. The first is the uniform of Lt Col Nadir Khan, Commanding Officer of Ist Battalion (SCINDE) The Frontier Force Regiment of Pakistan; the second is the uniform of Lt Gen Devraj Singh, a past Commanding Officer of the 5th Battalion of The Sikh Regiment of India - both Regiments, together with The Manchester Regiment provided the infantry battalions of the Jullundur Brigade in World War 1.

Project Head for Tourism and Heritage, Councillor Jackie Lane said "Men from Ashton, Oldham, Manchester and across the North West of England fought in The Manchester Regiment alongside men in units from India and Pakistan during both the First and Second World Wars...The aim of our Exhibition is to show our visitors that such international friendships are as important today as they have ever been."

The Exhibition runs until June 2010

Original Article from Jullundur Brigade Association

ASHT Research
 Image 1. Saragarhi Fort Image 2. Udam Singh
ASHT Researcher Eve Haddow talks about her current research projects

The first of these focuses on the Battle of Saragarhi, which saw 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh regiment hold Fort Saragarhi against thousands of afridi and orakazai troops on the 12th of September 1897.

These brave men fought until the death, despite being seriously outnumbered they succeeded in holding off the enemy for over 6 hours. All 21 were posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit, the highest award an Indian serviceman could receive at that time.

A great deal has been written about Saragarhi but like all great feats it has gradually developed into somewhat of a legend. This research aims to  establish the facts over what is perhaps a more romanticised version of events. 

The second project I am working on is an exploration of the life of Udham Singh a well known but little understood figure. Udham Singh became infamous for shooting Sir Michael O'Dwyer who had been the Governor General of the Punjab at the time of the Amritsar massacre in 1919. Others at the meeting in Caxton Hall, London were also wounded.  Udham was immediately arrested and charged with murder on the 1st of April 1940. At his trial in June 1940 he was found guilty and sentenced to death.

This is an incredibly interesting and complex research topic which addresses the other side of the coin, as it were, of Anglo-Sikh relations.


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