Rethinking Indian Soldiers and the First World War
Dr Gajendra Singh
14 December 2015, 12.30pm
Hosted by the Army & Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN
This talk will reveal some of the everyday realities of Indian soldiers’ lives in the First World War. 1.7 million sepoys were mobilised, recruited and shipped overseas to fight for the British Crown. In South Asia and Britain, popular memory of these soldiers has been rekindled as part of the centenary commemorations. While their presence has been acknowledged, their experiences of war in France and the Middle East remain only partially recognised.
Dr Gajendra Singh is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. His book, ‘The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy’ was published by Bloomsbury.
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