SIKHS HONOURED: Home Secretary Theresa May unveils Derby statues to war heroes
By Derby Telegraph | Posted: November 26, 2014
IT is not widely known that almost a million Indians fought on the side of Britain during the First World War.
Among them, 20% were Sikhs, despite making up only 2% of the Indian population – meaning their contribution was ten times more than any other community in India.
It is against this background, in the year that the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Sikh community in Derby has decided to pay its own tribute.
Home Secretary Theresa May was specially invited to the National Sikh Heritage Centre and Holocaust Museum in Princes Street, Derby, today, to unveil two large statues of Sikh soldiers and two plaques – one in English and the other in Punjabi.
Source: Derby Telegraph