British memorial for Indian martyrs | Deccan Chronicle | 2010-09-08
London, Sept. 7: Britain will honour 15 lakh Indian soldiers who fought for the British Empire during World War 1 with a war memorial at the downs in Patcham, on the outskirts of Brighton in Sussex, on September 26.
The memorial, which will bear the names of 53 Indian soldiers who died during the Great War, is adjacent to the Brighton Chattri, a memorial to Indian soldiers which was unveiled on February 1, 1921 by Edward, Prince of Wales. The new memorial has been built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which maintains the graves of members of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two World Wars.
Nearly 12,000 soldiers, wounded on the Western Front, were hospitalised in and near Brighton. At Sussex Downs, 53 Indian soldiers who were injured on the Western Front and died in Brighton were cremated during World War I.