South Asians in the First World War

Posted on: 13th October 2015

Indian soliders in FlandersWorld War 1 was the first truly global war; the British Empire was able to call upon men from all over the Empire to fight for them. One in six men were from South Asia backgrounds who answered the call to arms.

Special guest speaker William Spencer - Principal Records Specialist, Military, Maritime and Transport at the National Archives - and popular author of military history books “Medals: the Researcher's Guide” and “Family History in the Wars” gives a FREE lecture looking at their contribution to the war and their experiences from the wide-range of resources from the National Archives.

This talk organised together with the National Archives – the official public archive of the United Kingdom government – based in Kew, London, is being held to help mark the centenary anniversary of the First World War.

Come along to Southall Library on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th October (starting at 2pm) for a FREE talk on a topic very much of local interest.

Indian Bicycle Troops Somme 1916

                      Top Right: Indian Army Machine Gun Crew, Flanders 1914-15

                      Above: Indian Bicycle Troops, Somme 1916