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Despite being a mere 1 percent of the total Indian population, Sikhs constituted 20percentt of the British Indian Army. Their contribution in the World War 1 earned them 29 percent of all Indian Orders of Merit awards and 24 percent of all Indian Distinguished Service Medals. That’s how great was the service of the Sikhs in the British Indian Army. Recognizing their supreme sacrifice, the UK has unveiled a first-ever national Sikh memorial in honor of those who fought during the Great War at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
The memorial’s been completely funded through a campaign called “WW1 Sikh Memorial Fund” on the Kickstarter website. It was unveiled by Major General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO, business tycoon Peter Singh Virdee and the monument’s chairman Jay Singh-Sohal.
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