Country France
Region Pas de Calais
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Casualties from First World War

Located on the outskirts of the small village of Neuve-Chapelle in France, stands the Neuve-Chapelle Memorial. It commemorates more than 4,700 Indian soldiers and labourers who lost their lives on the Western Front during the First World War and have no known grave.

Neuve-Chapelle was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War and served as a base for the Luftwaffe. It was also the scene of heavy fighting during the German retreat in 1944. Shrapnel damage dating from this period can be seen beneath the column.

key features

  • The Neuve-Chapelle Memorial commemorates those Indian soldiers and labourers who lost their lives on the Western Front during the First World War
  • The location of the memorial was chosen because it was at Neuve Chapelle that the Indian Corps fought its first major action as a single unit in March 1915
  • The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by Sir Charles Wheeler
  • The memorial is characterised by Indian architectural styles with a circular enclosure centred on a tall pillar that is topped by a lotus capital, the Imperial British Crown and the Star of India
  • It was unveiled on 7 October 1927 by the Earl of Birkenhead (Frederick Edwin Smith). Lord Birkenhead, then Secretary of State for India, had served with the Indian Corps

History

The location of the memorial was specially chosen as it was at Neuve-Chapelle in March 1915 that the Indian Corps fought its first major action as a single unit.

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The memorial is 800 metres south-west of the village of Neuve Chapelle and is open every day.

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