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During the First World War, soldiers of the Indian Army fought alongside the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front including in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.  They came from what today would be India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, parts of Myanmar (Burma) and Nepal.

Some of these courageous men were given the highest gallantry award available to British and Commonwealth servicemen - the Victoria Cross. Winners include:

1. Sepoy Khudadad Khan
2. Darwan Singh Negi
3. Mir Dast
4. Gobar Sing Negi (commemorated at Neuve Chapelle Memorial, France)
5. Gobind Singh
6. William Bruce (commemorated at Neuve Chapelle Memorial, France)
7. Frank de Pass
8. Sir John Smyth, 1st Baronet
9. Kulbir Thapa

Find out more about relatives who fought in the Indian Army during the First World War. Visit the 'find war dead'

Discover the Indian Army's contribution in the First World War. Visit /foreverindia/

Find out what is happening at Neuve Chapelle to mark the anniversary.


Items of interest

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Anglo-Indian Army Slang

British people who lived or served in India often assimilated Hindi and Urdu words into their daily conversations.  The First World War helped disseminate these throughout British and Empire forces.

Find out about some of the more popular terms here

CWGC Items if Interests

India's Role

India's role in the First World War

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