Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP hosted the Parliamentary launch of the campaign for a National Sikh War Memorial in London on Tuesday 30th January 2018 which has already attracted £375,000 in donations. The campaign for a National Sikh War Memorial in London pays tribute to the Sikh soldiers who exhibited extraordinary bravery and sacrifices in the service of Great Britain, during both World Wars. Though Sikhs made up only 2% of the population of British India, they formed 20% of the British Indian Army during the First World War, and hundreds of thousands of Sikh soldiers saw active service during the two major wars and many other conflicts. More than 83,000 turbaned Sikh soldiers laid down their lives and more than 100,000 were injured during the World Wars.
For over a decade there has been a demand from various quarters for the installation of such a national monument, with the Mayor of London recently stating these brave individuals should have a memorial in our capital city. A petition on change.org has attracted over 27,000 signatures in four weeks whilst the Early Day Motion sponsored by Mr Dhesi has had over 263 signatures from MP’s from across the political spectrum including the political heavyweights such as Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson, Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve, Caroline Lucas, Ian Blackford and Nigel Dodds.
The parliamentary launch was attended by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow MP; Minister for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid; Mayor of London Sadiq Khan; Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn; Liberal Democrats Leader Sir Vince Cable; Westminster Leader of Plaid Cymru Liz Saville Roberts AS/MP; Westminster Leader of Democratic Unionist Party Nigel Dodds and 40 other Parliamentarians.
About The National Sikh War Memorial Trust
The National Sikh War Memorial Trust has been set up to create and maintain a public war memorial honouring Sikhs in military service of Great Britain and to advance the education of the public in all aspects relating to their role, service and sacrifice.