NEW DELHI: In order to commemorate the Indian soldiers’ contribution to World War I, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will arrive here on a one-day visit on Thursday.
Over one million Indian soldiers had participated and around 70,000 Indian troops died during the five-year war. According to officials, the UK is working very closely with the United Service Institution of India (USI) on the commemoration programme.
During his visit to India, Fallon is expected to meet his counterpart Arun Jaitley and other senior officials of the Ministry of Defence. The British has funded a battlefield guide book, which will be available through the USI, for those families wishing to visit French and Flanders battlefields.
According to the UK government’s official website, it has also funded, in conjunction with the USI, a coffee table book giving a pictorial overview of India and the Great War, besides digitising the War Diaries of the India Corps that fought in France and Flanders. This will be presented to the Indian government.
The key Regimental War Diaries will be printed and bound for presentation to the Colonels of the Regiment’s six Victoria Crosses, won by Indian soldiers.