Brighton (UK), June 19, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
Hundreds of people from across the United Kingdom gathered at the Brighton Chattri memorial on the Downs just north of Patcham near Brighton, to remember the war sacrifice of Sikh and other allied soldiers.
Those attending included The Mayor of Brighton and Hove Alex Phillips and representatives of the armed forces and veterans associations, relatives of Sikh soldiers and senior figures from civic and political life.
The Chattri memorial is built on the site where Sikh and allied soldiers were cremated, they were brought here injured on the battlefield during the First World War and died in Brighton.
Davinder S. Dhillon, Chairman of the Brighton Chattri Memorial Group has organised the memorial service at the Chattri memorial in Brighton for the past 20 years.
The Event was also attended by the Indian Deputy High Commissioner in London, Charanjeet Singh, The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, the Queen’s representative in the county.
Many Sikh and allied soldiers were brought to the site of the Chattri to be cremated, they had all been wounded soon after the outbreak of the war in 1914 while fighting on the Western Front.
The wounded soldiers were brought to Brighton and treated in three buildings which were turned into military hospitals – the Royal Pavilion, the Kitchener Hospital (Brighton General Hospital) and the York Place schools (now part of the Greater Brighton Metropolitan College).
There were about 12,000 Sikhs and allied troops who were brought to Brighton to recover from their wounds.
Gurdwaras from across the country also attended the memorial service and brought there congregation in coaches to pay homage. The Gurdwaras in association with the Memorial Chattri Group also provided refreshments during the day. Jagparves Gkarm from the Athens Gurdwara in Greece also attended the service
A delegation of representatives also attended the service from the Sikh Community & Youth Service UK based in Birmingham, including D S Dhesi (Chairman), R S Virdi and they were accompanied by Tejinderpal S. Bains, Jaspal S. Bhogal, Gurnam S. Marwah, Fateh S. Panesar, Gurjeet S. Saund , R S Randhawa and M S Virk.
Dhesi Sabh, founder of the Sikh Youth Movement and Sher-e-Punjab UK said ‘It was an honour to be at this remembrance service and see so many other people who had come to pay their respects to the sacrifices made by the Sikh and allied soldiers for our freedom.
This remembrance event is more poignant as it is taking place during the week the World marks 75 years since the D Day landings.’