Neuve-Chapelle Indian Memorial

Neuve-Chapelle, France

The Neuve-Chapelle Indian Memorial is a World War I memorial in France, located on the outskirts of the commune of Neuve-Chapelle, in the département of Pas-de-Calais. The memorial commemorates some 4,742 Indian soldiers with no known grave, who fell in battle while fighting for the British Indian Army in the First World War. The location of the memorial was chosen because of the participation by Indian troops at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

The memorial, designed by Sir Herbert Baker, with sculpture by Charles Wheeler, is a circular enclosure centred on a tall pillar that is topped by a lotus capital, and carved representations of the Star of India and the Imperial Crown. One half of the circular enclosure consists of the panels of names of the dead, while the other half is open. Other architectural and sculptural features of the memorial include carved stone tigers, and two small domed chattris. At the foot of the pillar is a Stone of Remembrance inscribed with the words: 'Their name liveth for evermore.'

The memorial was unveiled by F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead, on 7 October 1927. Later additions to the memorials commemorated other Indian Army dead of both World Wars.

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Founded: 1927
Category: Statues in France

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Peter Watson (3 years ago)
Immaculately maintained memorial.
raja biswas (3 years ago)
Great Indian soldiers
Gaurav Chaudhary (4 years ago)
The Neuve-Chapelle Indian Memorial is a World War I Memorial in France, located on the outskirts of the commune of Neuve Chapelle, in depártement of Pas-de-Calais. The memorial commemorates some 4,742 Indian soldiers with no known grave, who fell in battle while fighting for the British Indian Army in the first world war. The location of the memorial was chosen because of the participation by Indian troops at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.
HBO (5 years ago)
Another beautiful cemetery. Different from the other cemeteries in this region. Enclosed. No crosses. Names on the wall. Immaculate.
R D (5 years ago)
Amazing tribute to Indian fighters. Circle shaped and accompanied by two beautiful felines. It is possible to see the names of all the Indian fighters as well as the different mottos and references to their culture. Honorable monument.
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