Pakistan: Found a record 3 point 20 lakh Indian soldiers who fought in WWI, documents buried in a museum for 97 years


Agency, Lahore.

Published by: Yogesh sahu
Updated Thursday, November 11, 2021 5:45 am IS

Summary

Some British families of Indian origin identify their ancestors by the names of registered soldiers and their father, village, and regiment. These soldiers were involved in wars in Arab countries, East Africa, Gallipoli, etc. Several families also shared their 100-year-old photos and interesting anecdotes from them.

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British historians have discovered 3.20 lakh records of Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War in the Lahore Museum. This discovery has once again demonstrated the enormous contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War. In this, the names of soldiers from Punjab and surroundings have been given. These documents went unnoticed in the museum for 97 years. These are digitized and uploaded to the website.

Some British families of Indian origin identify their ancestors by the names of registered soldiers and their father, village, and regiment. These soldiers were involved in wars in Arab countries, East Africa, Gallipoli, etc. Several families also shared their 100-year-old photos and interesting anecdotes from them. Descendants of British and Irish soldiers trace their ancestry to similar records.

Up to 40% of the people in many villages became soldiers.
Amandeep Madra, president of the UK Punjab Heritage Association, which is digitizing the documents, said that between 40 and 40 per cent of people in many villages had enlisted in the military. About 45 thousand records belong only to the soldiers of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Sialkot (currently in Pakistan).

26,000 pages of records
These records were prepared by the Punjab government in 1919 after the end of the First World War. These are 26,000 pages long, some of which are in print and some of which are handwritten with names and other information. It is estimated that digitization of the names of 2.75 lakhs of soldiers from some 25 districts of Punjab and adjacent areas of undivided India will soon be completed.

The British had forgotten the contribution

  • British actor Lawrence Fox described the appearance of Sikh soldiers in the 1917 World War I film as strange. He later apologized.
  • In the British Indian Army, 1.30 lakh of Sikh soldiers are said to have fought in WWI, this figure may become even higher with the new discovery.
  • An estimated one sixth of the British Army were Hindus, Sikhs and Indian Muslims. Most of the people of Punjab were of all religions.

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British historians have discovered 3.20 lakh records of Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War in the Lahore Museum. This discovery has once again demonstrated the enormous contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War. In this, the names of soldiers from Punjab and surroundings have been given. These documents went unnoticed in the museum for 97 years. These are digitized and uploaded to the website.

Some British families of Indian origin identify their ancestors by the names of registered soldiers and their father, village, and regiment. These soldiers were involved in wars in Arab countries, East Africa, Gallipoli, etc. Several families also shared their 100-year-old photos and interesting anecdotes from them. Descendants of British and Irish soldiers trace their ancestry to similar records.

Up to 40% of the people in many villages became soldiers.

Amandeep Madra, president of the UK Punjab Heritage Association, which is digitizing the documents, said that between 40 and 40 per cent of people in many villages had enlisted in the military. About 45 thousand records belong only to the soldiers of Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Sialkot (currently in Pakistan).

26,000 pages of records

These records were prepared by the Punjab government in 1919 after the end of the First World War. These are 26,000 pages long, some of which are in print and some of which are handwritten with names and other information. It is estimated that digitization of the names of 2.75 lakhs of soldiers from some 25 districts of Punjab and adjacent areas of undivided India will soon be completed.

The British had forgotten the contribution

  • British actor Lawrence Fox described the appearance of Sikh soldiers in the 1917 World War I film as strange. He later apologized.
  • In the British Indian Army, 1.30 lakh of Sikh soldiers are said to have fought in WWI, this figure may become even higher with the new discovery.
  • An estimated one sixth of the British Army were Hindus, Sikhs and Indian Muslims. Most of the people of Punjab were of all religions.


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