The Sikh Soldier Organisation is proud to announce that the monument to commemorate the role of Sikh soldiers in the Two World Wars was finally unveiled on Saturday 30th November 2019 in the beautiful setting of the Rose Garden in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.
The Unveiling Ceremony has been a special and historic moment not only for the Sikh community, not only for the great town of Huddersfield and the County of West Yorkshire, but also for the global community at large. This memorial has gripped the hearts and minds of well wishers across the world and has been featured by many media channels int he UK and beyond.
The 6 foot bronze statue, high up on a 4 foot plinth was finally unveiled by Lord Lieutenant (Ed Anderson) of West Yorkshire infront of a large crowd and with the eyes of the world on us via the variety of media channels.
Our Sikh Soldier, our Warrior in the Park, now proudly stands on a plinth of strong, sturdy, durable Yorkshire stone, as he looks up towards the Cenotaph, as he looks out to the world. And every day the Warrior reminds us of the great numbers who fought bravely in Ypres, Flanders, the Burmese jungles, and in Africa for Freedom and Justice. And he reminds us that the debt we owe these brave combatants in all the Armed Forces cannot and never should be forgotten.
Unknown to many, thousands of miles from their homes in the Punjab many thousands of Sikhs came to Europe to join the fight against injustice and subjugation. This they were to do in both World Wars. Thousands of Sikhs gave their lives so that we could be free. Their legacy is worthy of remembrance.
In the two World Wars Sikhs played prominent roles in the conflicts. The closest estimates report that 83,005 Sikhs gave their lives in the battlefields of the two World Wars, with 109,045 wounded in battle across the world
In the two World Wars Sikhs played prominent roles in the conflicts. The closest estimates report that 83,005 Sikhs gave their lives in the battlefields of the two World Wars, with 109,045 wounded in battle across the world.
Thousands of Sikhs who bravely volunteered to join the war effort in both great conflicts were never to see their homeland again. They were however to leave an incredible legacy of tales of incredible bravery and courage. The sacrifice of our gallant Sikh brothers is hardly given a nodding mention in the history books in Britain.
We The Sikh Soldier Organisation are delighted to announce that a monument to our fallen brothers has been unveiled at Greenhead Park in Huddersfield West Yorkshire.
Sikhs who have been honoured with medals:
Huddersfield boasts a large and vibrant Sikh community, who work hard to engender a good community base for all concerned and make Huddersfield a unique town in terms of integration.
We are proud to be Sikhs but we are also proud Yorkshire men and women, who feel our collective heritage should be remembered and celebrated. Many of the people of Huddersfield and beyond have grandfathers and great grandfathers who fought alongside the Sikhs in battle, and it is to mark the great sacrifices made in the name of freedom that this statue.
The inclusion of a statue to mark the role of Sikh soldiers in the various combats will only help to strengthen community ties.
The Ultimate Sacrifice
The plaque on the plinth for the Memorial will open with the warrior prayer bestowed by Guru Gobind Singh ji which Sikhs recite prior to going into battle.
These precious words in the prayer were written by Guru Gobind Singh ji to inspire his Sikhs to confront life’s challenges and rise up with a pure heart and a strong mind living the life of righteousness.
Thousands of miles from their homes in Punjab, these brave Sikhs were to do just that, making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and world peace.
“Their legacy is worthy of remembrance”
The Sikh Warrior's Prayer
Grant me this boon O God
May I never refrain from the righteous acts
That I shall not fear when I go into battle
And with determination I will be victorious
That I may teach myself this creed alone, to speak only of Thy praises
And when the last days of my life come
I may die righteous in the might of the battlefield.