Issue No:  14


In This Issue

  • Royals Honour Indian Soldiers
  • 'Saragarhi Day'
  • Heritage Shared Returns
  • ASHT Education Resources
  • Other News & Events

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Royals Honour Indian Soldiers
 Image 1. HRH the Prince of Wales lays a wreath at the Indian Memorial in Neuve Chapelle.Image 2 Rasnam Singh Copyright British Consulate General Lille

The First World War involved countries and soldiers from all over the world including many from South Asia. In a fitting tribute to the sacrifices made by these soldiers HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Indian Memorial in Neuve Chapelle, France, to pay their respects.

They were met at the memorial by a delegation from the Sikh community, led by representatives of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail and students from the United Kingdom and France. The delegation included Jaimal Singh Johal, whose grandfather Subedar Manta Singh was wounded at Neuve Chapelle and later died at the Indian Military Hospital, Brighton.

ASHT volunteer 14 year old Rasnam Singh, a pupil of St Helens College, London, recited a poem dedicated to Harnam Singh of the Sikh regiment in the presence of the royal party.

Harbinder Singh, Honorary Director of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail commented:

"The Battle of Neuve Chapelle is synonymous with the Sikh regiment. Along with other Indian troops they were here as volunteers to fight, not for their own freedom, but for the freedom of present day Europe. To allow the memory of their sacrifices to diminish would be the greatest travesty for it is due to them that we hold our heads high with pride today. This Royal visit serves to bestow rightful respect upon valiant deeds of these heroes who would fall on foreign soils never again to set foot in their homelands"

 'Saragarhi Day'
 Image1.Sir Richard Dannatt, Judge Sir Mota Singh QC and Pops from Tigerstyle at the launch of Saragarhi Day.Image2 Ruins of Saragarhi Fort

Former head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, His Honour Judge Sir Mota Singh QC and Pops from Tigerstyle recently launched ‘Saragarhi Day' a national campaign to raise awareness the sacrifice made by the Sikhs in the service of the British Army.

‘Saragarhi Day' will mark the anniversary of the eponymous battle of Saragarhi, which took place on 1th September 1897, and saw 21 Sikhs lay down their lives to defend an army post against 10,000 Pashtun tribesmen. The day will be marked by a series of events across the UK to recognise the contribution Sikh soldiers have made in the past and continue to make today.

Commenting on the issue, Sir Richard Dannatt said: "The Battle of Saragarhi is not well known and certainly hasn't achieved the recognition of a battle like Rorke's Drift but is an extremely important part of history and should be remembered and thanks paid to the soldiers and their families."

For further details of how you can support the campaign and get involved in various activities visit: and join our Facebook page search ‘Saragarhi: Tradition Never Dies'

Heritage Shared Returns
 Heritage Shared

September 7th-30th

ASHT's annual series of events Heritage Shared returns this September with an exciting programme of events to inspire, inform and entertain!

Events include, family workshops at the Wallace Collection where you can take a trail of their Sikh treasures, hear ‘tales' of great warrior Maharajah Ranjit Singh with a children's storytelling session at Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter Museum, come along to the first UK display of the Malaysian Photographic Exhibition 'Frames of Bravery' which vividly demonstrates Sikh contributions during the second world war, see Sikh armour from the Anglo Sikh wars on display for one night only, and much more!

For a full list of events visit

ASHT Education Resources
 ASHT Education

Did you know that Maharajah Duleep Singh lived in East Anglia as a Victorian country gentleman and shot rabbits with the Prince of Wales? That Queen Victoria commissioned portraits of her Sikh subjects which bear comparison with the best modern photography? That the Kohinoor diamond from the Sikh royal treasury inspired the first detective novel in English literature?

ASHT has developed these fascinating facts into FREE learning resources for young people, making it even easier to explore Sikh history!

Prepared by a highly experienced e-learning educator and designed to support the National Curriculum for KS2 & KS3 in Drama, Art & Design, Citizenship, Geography, History and RE, the resources cover topics of interest to learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Available to download now from the ASHT website!

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Other News & Events
Image 1. Scene from the Play- Photo by Jagmeet S Khalsa. Image 2 EnTwined- Copyright The Singh Twins

The Maharajah and the Kohinoor Autumn Tour

This family theatre production has recently finished its successful spring tour around schools and venues in the UK and will begin its Autumn tour this September.

Aimed at Key Stages 2 & 3 the play charts the story of Maharajah Duleep Singh, an iconic figure and the last King of the Sikhs, whose life is critical in understanding the relationship between Sikhs and the British.

If you would like to see the play in your local area email or call 0845 600 1893 and book now!


World-renowned British artists, Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh - popularly known as 'The Singh Twins' - have recently released their latest masterpiece amidst wide acclaim.

Titled ‘EnTWINed', the painting is one of several artworks commissioned by the Museum of London for permanent display at their new Galleries of Contemporary London, which opened this July and is the artists' personal response to two paintings in the Museum's Collections by Victorian painter Nelson O'Neil, called Eastward Ho! and Home Again.

The first of the latter two shows British soldiers embarking a ship and the second details them disembarking after completing their tour of duty fighting the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

Taking several hundred hours to complete, the Twin's new work explores the Mutiny theme from the Indian perspective, replacing what O'Neil presents as the British heroes of this important event in Anglo-Indian history with India's heroes.

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