2014 Sep – Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One

After a long summer break, Sarbat invites you to visit the Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One exhibition at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square WC1H 0XG on Saturday, the 6th of September 2014 at 2 pm. The organisers have been kind to provide us a special tour/talk of the exhibition to commence at 2:15 pm. The talk/tour about the exhibition lasts about an hour after which the organizers suggest an additional hour in the multimedia zone. We strongly advise you to be on time.

For a Sikh it is a great honour to die fighting on a battlefield, quoted in the Sikh National Anthem,”AUT HE RAN ME TAB JOOJH MAROO”  – May I die fighting with limitless courage

They were known as the black lions, leaving their homeland, the Punjab, they offered to fight and help Britain, yet they did it out of honour and loyalty. They constituted only 2 % of the population but represented 20 % of the British Indian Army. Hundreds of thousands died and more than 80% never made it back to Punjab.

Sarbat invites you to another special gathering of members, friends and well-wishers to celebrate and remember the untold and largely forgotten role of Sikh men in fighting world war one.

We advise you to support UKPHA and consider making a small donation on the day.


If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us here, via twitter or facebook and we look forward to meeting you all at the gallery and for a social evening afterwards.

The Sarbat phone will be manned on the day (except at times when during the talk it may be switched off) and you can reach us on 07779 575 099

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