Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn

Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn

Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn

First published in News

TWO events in Blackburn with Darwen will highlight the contribution of the Indian British Army in the First and Second World Wars.

‘Shared Histories’ will give residents an opport-unity to learn about the role of Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers in the two conflicts.

It is an entertaining educational programme which looks at the role played by the ancestors of Britain’s African, Caribb-ean, Bengali, Indian and Pakistani communities during the world wars.

Including a high-resolution slideshow, arch-ive film footage, de-act- ivated weapons, ordnance and uniforms, the event will seek to recreate the hardship, bravery and suffering of soldiers in a classroom setting.

The first event takes place on Thursday at Blackburn Central High School, while the second, on March 12, is at Darwen Aldridge Community Aca-demy.

Council neighbourhoods’ boss Arshid Mahmood said: “This is a fantastic event which provides an opportunity for residents to learn about those who served in the British Indian Army during both world wars, the part that they played and the conditions they had to endure.

“Coming together as a community to take part in such an event is really important, and I urge as many as possible to take part.”

Borough armed forces champion Trevor Maxfield said: “In the year of the anniversary of World War One, this type of event, which gives the opportunity to really get an impression of what it was like to be involved in this conflict, gives us an opportunity to remember what was sacrificed.

“I hope as many as possible attend this and other events during this centenary year, to learn more about what it was really like to be part of such a terrible conflict, and to make sure it is remembered for years to come.”

Both events have registration and refresh-ments at 5.30pm, with a 6pm start. They are part of borough commemorations of the outbreak of the First Word War.

The sessions are free but registration is essential for catering.

To register, contact Amanda Grimshaw on 01254 222154 or Amanda. Grimshaw@blackburn.gov.uk

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

abetterblackburn says...

I despair for Blackburn with Darwen Council!

After hearing only last week that the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary War Memorial Wing is about to be bulldozed we’re now being asked to ‘Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn’.

Blackburn Council leader Kate Hollern only last week commented: “This is a great opportunity for us to come together and remember those who lost their lives during the First World War.”.

Will Jack Straw be the next opportunist to climb over the barbed wire?
I despair for Blackburn with Darwen Council! After hearing only last week that the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary War Memorial Wing is about to be bulldozed we’re now being asked to ‘Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn’. Blackburn Council leader Kate Hollern only last week commented: “This is a great opportunity for us to come together and remember those who lost their lives during the First World War.”. Will Jack Straw be the next opportunist to climb over the barbed wire? abetterblackburn
  • Score: 2

6:17pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

I'm glad that Pakistan is mentioned in the article, because let's not forget that, until after WW!!, both it AND Bangladesh were part of India.
I'm glad that Pakistan is mentioned in the article, because let's not forget that, until after WW!!, both it AND Bangladesh were part of India. Darren1951
  • Score: 4

6:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Pegasus216 says...

Come on Kate, there was no such country as Pakistan in WW1 and WW2, just saying...
G
Come on Kate, there was no such country as Pakistan in WW1 and WW2, just saying... G Pegasus216
  • Score: 3

7:24pm Mon 3 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

Indian troops were known as Sikhs Muslims Hindus, Gurkhas Rajputs Pathans and Jats.
There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh before second world wars.they were one country part of British India, it was after independence that both new countries were created Pakistan and (East Pakistan) now Bangladesh for the Muslims and India for Majority Hindus.
Indian troops were known as Sikhs Muslims Hindus, Gurkhas Rajputs Pathans and Jats. There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh before second world wars.they were one country part of British India, it was after independence that both new countries were created Pakistan and (East Pakistan) now Bangladesh for the Muslims and India for Majority Hindus. M.DANNY
  • Score: 4

8:42pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Excluded again says...

By the end of the Second World War, the British Indian Army numbered 2.5 million troops, making it the largest volunteer army in history. 36 000 Indian troops were killed fighting for Britain.

Whilst smaller in the First World War, but still numbering 1 million troops, the casualties of the British Indian army were higher. 62 000 Indian troops were killed fighting for Britain in the First World War.

Lest we forget.
By the end of the Second World War, the British Indian Army numbered 2.5 million troops, making it the largest volunteer army in history. 36 000 Indian troops were killed fighting for Britain. Whilst smaller in the First World War, but still numbering 1 million troops, the casualties of the British Indian army were higher. 62 000 Indian troops were killed fighting for Britain in the First World War. Lest we forget. Excluded again
  • Score: 5

11:55pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Darren1951 says...

M.DANNY wrote:
Indian troops were known as Sikhs Muslims Hindus, Gurkhas Rajputs Pathans and Jats.
There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh before second world wars.they were one country part of British India, it was after independence that both new countries were created Pakistan and (East Pakistan) now Bangladesh for the Muslims and India for Majority Hindus.
"There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh before second world wars"
Ermm, excuse me M.DANNY, but hadn't I already said that?
[quote][p][bold]M.DANNY[/bold] wrote: Indian troops were known as Sikhs Muslims Hindus, Gurkhas Rajputs Pathans and Jats. There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh before second world wars.they were one country part of British India, it was after independence that both new countries were created Pakistan and (East Pakistan) now Bangladesh for the Muslims and India for Majority Hindus.[/p][/quote]"There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh before second world wars" Ermm, excuse me M.DANNY, but hadn't I already said that? Darren1951
  • Score: -3

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree