Forgotten Soldiers of the Raj

This is a South Asia Centre public lecture which is part of the Colony as Empire: Histories from Whitehall series.

Wednesday 8th February 2017

6:30-8:00pm

32L.G.03, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Speaker: Shrabani Basu

Chair: Professor Tirthankar Roy

Shrabani Basu will speak about the nearly one and a half million soldiers from the Indian subcontinent who fought in the British army in the First World War. Travelling from remote villages in India to the harsh trenches of Flanders and France for a war that was not of their making, they fought with unquestioning valour and loyalty, winning some of the highest bravery awards.  Despite being the largest colonial military contingent, their contribution to Britain’s military engagement is almost completely forgotten.

Shrabani Basu is a journalist and writer. Her latest book For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-1918  (2015) tells, for the first time, the stories of Indian soldiers who went to the Western Front: from a Maharaja who fought for Empire to the Pathan who won the first Victoria Cross; from cooks and sweepers who accompanied the troops to the young pilots who brought down German planes; from the Indian Muslim soldiers who prayed to Mecca in the fields of France to the bonds that were forged in the mud and blood of the battlefields.

This event is free and open to all.

Please email if you have any queries.

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