Ganga Singh

Ganga Singh

Ganga Singh The Maharaja of Bikaner, by Sir William Orpen in 1919. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery Ganga Singh was the prince of Bikaner, Rajasthan. He saw the war as an opportunity for loyal service – and for personal gain. “The opportunity of a...
Telling stories about the truth

Telling stories about the truth

We’ve had a busy few weeks at Far From the Western Front and Ellie’s shared some of her thoughts about it in this blog. On 26 May and 9 June around 15 volunteers from the project and our project partner Collage Arts took part in 2 digital story telling workshops...
The Loop of the Tiger

The Loop of the Tiger

Sophie’s been delving into the archives at the Imperial War Museum to explore the story of South Asian soldiers at Kut Al Amara: November 1915: In Mesopotamia, the 6 Indian Division is advancing on Baghdad by boat along the Tigris river. At Ctesiphon, 18 miles...
FFWF needs YOU! to write a blog

FFWF needs YOU! to write a blog

Make like a South Asian soldier on the Western Front and write about your experience. Here’s some guidelines. Length: short! Anywhere between 200 and 500 words is good. Content: Whatever you find interesting and think is relevant about the project. Images are...
Visiting the National Army Museum

Visiting the National Army Museum

A group of volunteers visited the National Army Museum stores for a tour of the archives and an opportunity to handle objects, from 9-pound rifles to intimate photographs of South Asian troops in the trenches at Gallipoli. Here’s a list of the objects we looked...
Who is Dr Brighton?

Who is Dr Brighton?

Melanie has been looking into healthcare provision for South Asian soldiers, and here she tells us a bit about Brighton and what on earth that has to do with wounded men: “A lack of medical facilities in France led to the conversion of the Royal Pavilion in...
On This Day: Khudadad Khan

On This Day: Khudadad Khan

Younes continues our series on Victoria Cross winners in the First World War, with this personal reflection on the experiences of Khudadad Khan, who was awarded the Victoria Cross in person by King George V on 26 January 1915. “To die on the battlefield is glory.”...