India 1914

The india1914 website is a part of our ‘Remembering Indian Soldiers’ project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Remembering Indian Soldiers is making an effort to display the legacy of Indian soldiers and their important contribution during WW1. The project is considering Indian soldiers from all the various communities and regions regardless of their race or religion. One of its primary aims is to share the heritage with the various ethnic communities, in particular with the Religious (Hindu, Jain, Buddhist) and Zoroastrian community in the United Kingdom. This shared history is relevant in today’s multi-faith Britain with more than a million people from these faiths have made the UK their home. The Indian contribution during WW1 was considerable, but half of the story is missing from the public domain. India provided the largest voluntary force ever assembled in the history with around 1.5 million individuals. Remembering Indian Soldiers will reinforce the engagement and understanding of WW1 among these communities, as well as within the wider public sphere. We will put particular emphasis on engaging with the younger generation by providing a ‘relevancy’ framework of how their ancestor’s contribution on the world stage impacted the future paths of the two nations in terms of independence, migration and national identity.