Commemorative Celebrations of World War -I

Date: March 10, 2015

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 Centenary Celebrations  of the First World War

Indian Army is Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War from 10 Mar to 14 Mar 2015 in New Delhi in memory of the 1.5 million Indian Soldiers who fought in the war and over 74000 who made the supreme sacrifice.A hundred years ago, the world was different. Even though our country was under colonial rule, Indian soldiers etched their name in world history through their bravery and valour. The gallantry of the Sikhs and Gurkhas in the battlefields of Gallipoli is well-known. So is the bravery of the Garhwali, Dogra, Punjabi and Maratha Soldiers, who fought in the battlefields of Flanders and Somme. These soldiers not only won the pickets and trenches but also the hearts of the local population.

The10th March is also coincides with the Battle of Neuve Chapelle marking the British Offensive in Artois region of France in which the Garhwal Brigade & Meerut Division of the Indian Corps participated. The time period 2014 to 2018 is being commemorated as the Centenary of World War-I. 

As part of the Commemorative Events, a wreath was laid at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate by The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 10th March.

Role of Royal Indian Marine in World War I (1914 – 1918)-

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The Royal Indian Marine had transported or escorted 13,02,394 men, 1,72,815 animals and 36,91,836 tonnes of war stores by the end of 1918. The Royal Indian Marine suffered 330 causalities and 80 of its personnel were decorated with gallantry awards. 

It is a lesser known fact that the Expeditionary Forces of the Indian Army that travelled to France, Africa and Mesopotamia to participate in the Great War were transported largely on board ships of the erstwhile Royal Indian Marine, which was the fore-runner to the Indian Navy of today. The Indian Marine also kept the harbours of Bombay and Aden open through intensive mine-sweeping efforts.