UK Government Unveils Monument Commemorated to Sikh Soldiers of WWI

BIRMINGHAM, UK—A three meter high Bronze made monument of a Sikh soldier named “Lions of the Great War” was unveiled in Birmingham on November 4 to commemorate the first centenary of World War 1. The statue has been installed outside the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick, which is the largest Gurdwara in Europe, to recognize the contributions made by the Sikhs in World War I.

Addressing the gathering during the unveiling ceremony of this monument, the UK parliamentarian Preet Gill said the local sculptor Luke Perry had suggested her to work on this project when she was a councilor two and half years ago. “We got together with the community and the council to collaborate and make it happen” she added.

She further said that this statue will serve as a reminder to Sikh soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the defense of democracy.

Thousands of British Sikhs, as well as local leaders and British soldiers, attended the ceremony. In all, 1.5 million Indians fought for Britain in World War I, more than 20% of whom were Sikhs. Many were farmers from Punjab and known as “Black Lions” in the war.


  1. Gursikho,
    Just a lame attempt to cover up evil british part in causing ruin of Sikh Empire and obstacle to Punjab freedom to this day! Just keep up with being niarey and boycott such thug govt. until Sikhs in Punjab prisons receive release, especially Jaggi, and Punjab gain freedom to self rule!

    • It’s was the British Sikhs who contributed towards this statue and to someone has damaged it today, by spraying paint over it.
      We must teach our children the history of the sacrifices made by our forefathers.


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