To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the armistice treaty that ended World War I, Warriors in World War I: Sikh Art and Heritage will present a selection of photographs, lithographs, postcards and military medals that document the crucial presence of Sikh warriors in the British Indian Army. Though Sikhs constituted only 1% of the Indian population at the time, they counted for more than 20% of the Indian army, which fought for the British Empire in Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Turkey, France, Germany, Belgium and Britain. Their valor was recognized by many, including historian F. Yeats Brown, who said, “…[Sikh warriors] live up to their title of the Singh, which means lion.”
Warriors in World War I: Sikh Art and Heritage is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Sikh Heritage Fund.
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Exhibition Page: Unknown, Sikh Soldiers in France during World War I, 1914. Photograph. The Khanuja Family.
Left: Unknown, Deutschland Gegner Im Weltkriege (Germany's Opponents in the World War), 1930. The Khanuja Family.
Center: Unknown, Portrait of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, porter. Photograph. The Khanuja Family.
Right: Paul Sarrut, Sikh Soldier of Patiala, 1914-1915. The Khanuja Family.