Archive: Jan 2016

  1. Sikh Chronicles Response

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    We’ve been getting some wonderful response letters to The Sikh Chronicles publication, which has been distributed to select individuals.

    From the Palace to Downing Street, what is certain is that our work has been appreciated.

    Below are some more comments which we can share.  Please be sure to send us your comments.


    “Thank you for your kind letter and souvenir.  I am delighted to hear about the Sikh memorial.”
    Lord Bilimoria CBE DL

    “Thank you so much for sending me a copy of your souvenir publication.  I very much enjoyed looking through it.”
    Baroness Flather

    “May I offer you my heartiest congratulations on a superb publication … I have skimmed it all and read several entries and must say that I have learned something on just about every page.”

    “The Sikh Chronicle is – the only popular, accessible one-volume summary of Sikh service in the Great War.”
    Prof. Peter Stanley, University of NSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy

    “It is full of fascinating material, which I read with particular interest as my grandfather was a Piffer, commissioned in the 51st Sikhs, though he later commanded the 2nd/14th Punjab Regiment, in which my uncle was killed in Burma.”
    Sir Francis Richards, IWM

  2. Happy 2016: An Update

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    Happy New Year!

    It was on a wet and windy Boxing Day that I visited the “Subedar” at the National Memorial Arboretum to see how he was doing.  It was a chilling day but refreshing, and particularly worthwhile as I met another Sikh family who were also visiting the site to see the WW1 Sikh Memorial.  This was a brilliant thing for me, as it was evidence of the pilgrimage people are now undertaking to the site in Staffordshire.

    In  2016, we hope to encourage many more people to visit the site – and to offer our assistance to those far and wide, Sikh and non to create their own WW1 monuments in their communities.  It is my hope that people will use our template to make their own happen, and in so doing spread awareness of the contribution of diverse soldiers during the war effort.  It’s particularly poignant as later this year we commemorate a century since the Battle of the Somme.

    If you would like to create your own memorial – in the UK or abroad – do contact us directly and he’ll assist.

    Also, due to popular demand for it, we decided to release “The Sikh Chronicles” onto Kindle also – and our free offer to launch it was greatly received.  You can purchase it on Amazon or download the pdf version directly here: The_Sikh_Chronicles_Online_Edition.compressed

    Finally, I’ll try to keep up blog posts – but this will likely be limited to updates on “Sikhs At War” talks and events we’re a part of.  I’m not planning on any new productions but my research will continue on.  And we’re not doing anything else new other than promoting the monument.

    But if you’d like to contact me direct try our email: dothyphen1 AT gmail DOT com.

    Have a wonderful and prosperous year.

    J. Singh-Sohal
    Chairman, WW1 Sikh Memorial Fund
    Director, Sikhs At War