‘ 198 Indian martyrs in Neuve Chapelle, France, March 10, 1915’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

New Chapelle Memorial France Oct 15, 2009 053-580On this day, exactly one hundred years ago, on 10th March, 1915, one hundred and ninety-eight  Indian soldiers obtained martyrdom fighting at Neuve Chapelle, France.

Rest in peace brave ones.

Coming soon more details in my book ‘Indian martyrs of World War-I in Neuve Chapelle Memorial and Mazargues Cemetery, France’


‘Respectful homage to brave Larro Puni ji- Indian soldier WWI’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

DSC01531Homage to late Larro Puni ji of Manipur, India who sacrificed his life in saving France during World War I.

He lies buried in the Mazargues cemetery, Marseilles, France.

Photo taken on 17th October, 2014.

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‘WWIs Brave Indian soldiers lying in Mazargues cemetery, Marseilles, France- a homage and a curtain raiser’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

DSC01407 580 40Mazargues Cemetery, Marseilles, France.

I went to Marseilles in France in Mid-October and had the privilege of visiting and paying my homage to the brave Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during the First World War.

There are around single 950 graves, each dedicated to an Indian soldier. I was able to photograph each of these graves. I would be working on this topic further.

As a curtain raiser, here are two photos of one of the graves.

Marseilles 1235 580 15Marseilles 1236 580 50Rest in Peace Driver Budha Singh ji*

(*’Ji’ is an Indian suffix showing respect)

Copyright – K.J.S.Chatrath November 2014.