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“One dead for every kilometre home”
Anonymous comment in the visitors book, Neuve Chapelle, Indian Army Memorial France

This tour follows the story of some of the many thousands of Indian soldiers who served in France and Belgium in the Great War. In October 1914 an army corps of 20,000 soldiers from the Indian sub continent landed to fight for the British on the Western Front. Many of them did not go back and are buried or commemorated in Britain, Belgium and France. The itinerary is in two parts. One is for the UK and requires a UK Visa. The second is for France and Belgium, and requires a Schengen Visa. It is possible to see a lot with a tour which just visits Belgium and France. Both parts of these tours could be combined with a visit to other cultural sites.

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Indian Soldiers landing in Marseilles France

Sample Itineraries

Two Days In UK

Based In The London Area.

Day One - London

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Ambulances and Indian soldiers at the Brighton Pavilion Hospital

  • Focus on the background to the Indian Army and the Great War.
  • National Army Museum – The British Army, India and the Indian Army
  • Imperial War Museum – The Great War and India's role in it
  • Indian Army Memorial - Green Park
  • Potential for cultural event with an appropriate
    London Community
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Indian Army memorial to the
Missing Neuve Chappelle

Day Two – The Indian Army in Britain

  • Winchester – The Gurkha Museum – the last
  • element of the British Indian Army
  • Brighton Pavilion – the Indian Army Hospital in the
    Great War. 14,000 wounded Indian soldiers
    passed through the hospitals in Brighton
  • Patcham Down Chattri Memorial
  • Brookwood Commonwealth War Cemetery, the resting place of the Muslim Indian Army soldiers who died in the UK
  • Gurkha Museum Winchester (option) The continuing link with the Indian Army

Three days - Belgium and France

Based in the Lille Area

Day One Ieper 

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2nd Rajput Regiment in Flanders1914-15

  • Flanders Fields Museum. Orientation to the
    Western front.
  • The story of the Indian Army in the 1st Battle of Ypres in 1914. 
  • Stories of Indian soldiers who distinguished themselves including Khudadad Khan VC and Subedar Thakur
    Singh MC
  • Preserved Trenches on Messines Ridge, close to where the young Adolf Hitler fought.
  • The Indian army at the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the first use of poison gas. Story of Mir Dast VC.
  • Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate and opportunity to lay a wreath at this ceremony

Day Two - Neuve Chapelle and Loos

  • The Battle of Neuve Chapelle
  • The Battle of Loos and the role of the Indian Corps. Kulbir Thapa VC
  • Zelobes Indian Cemetery
  • Indian Army memorial and memorial to the
    Missing Neuve Chapelle
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Indian Cavalry somewhere on the Western Front

Day Three - The Indian Army Cavalry in the battles of the Somme ,

Arras and Cambrai.

  • Technology and the Great War – The Historial
    Museum of the Great War (1914-1918) Peronne.
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • The Indian Cavalry on the Somme, the charge of
    the Deccan Horse horses versus machine guns.
  • The Arras Battlefield.
  • Cambrai - The Indian Cavalry and Army and
    Tanks