Sikh Memorial

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The “WW1 Sikh Memorial Fund” was launched in September 2014 to create the UK’s first national memorial dedicated to Sikhs who fought during the Great War.

After a social media campaign we successfully received grassroots funding via the Kickstarter website to ensure the lasting legacy of Sikh remembrance.

It took months of planning and organising , but the monument was unveiled to the nation of Sunday 1st November 2015 at the National Memorial Arboretum.  Supporters and guests from near and far joined a VIP line up for the event.

Speeches were delivered by dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire (representing Her Majesty The Queen), Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia, Peter Singh Virdee, Major General Patrick Sanders and memorial founder & Chairman J. Singh-Sohal.

There was worldwide media coverage of  the event including in India, USA and the UK.  This BBC News report about it went viral and (to date) has received 1.4M hits!

Memorial creator J. Singh-Sohal & sculptor Mark Bibby

WW1 Sikh Memorial creator J. Singh-Sohal & sculptor Mark Bibby

The memorial has since been welcomed by the community at large, and the souvenir publication “The Sikh Chronicles” has spread awareness of the Sikh contribution far and wide.

We hope you will be inspired to visit the monument at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Please do share your experiences and pictures with us via @SikhsAtWar

Below are related posts that will give you more insight into how we created and unveiled this historic monument.


The “WW1 Sikh Memorial” Project:
Seize Anglo Sikh Heritage!
Mass Appeal Is Key To Funding Heritage Projects
Creating the WW1 Sikh Memorial
Sculpting and Casting the WW1 Sikh Memorial

Watch and Read:
Video: Creating the WW1 Sikh Memorial
Photo: The Medals of the Subedar
Publication: The Sikh Chronicles
Video: Memorial Event Speeches
Article: Depicting WW1 Sikhs in Art by artist Jag Lall
Article: Sikhs on the Western Front – by Major Gordon Corrigan

 


Press Releases:
Press Release: 1st British Sikh WW1 Memorial To Be Unveiled  At National Memorial Arboretum
Press Release: Nations First WW1 Sikh Memorial Unveiled  At Memorial Arboretum

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