Punjab CM pays homage to Indian soldiers martyred in Gallipoli campaign


GALLIPOLI (TURKEY): Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday visited the historic World War 1 Helles Memorial in Turkey to pay homage to Commonwealth soldiers, including Indians, who laid down their lives in the Gallipoli campaign.

On the 100th anniversary of the culmination of the 1st World War, the Chief Minister also visited the Turkish Memorial in memory of Seyit Ali Váabuk, usually called Corporal Seyit – a First World War gunner in the Ottoman Army. He is known for having carried three shells to an artillery piece during the Allied attempt to force its way through the Dardanelles on 18 March 1915.

The Helles Memorial, or the Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorial, near Sedd el Bahris, is also a tribute to the 20,956 Commonwealth servicemen with no known grave who died in the campaign that took place during the 1st World War. The British and Indian forces named on the memorial were those who had died in operations throughout the peninsula.

The Helles Memorial has the names of the Indian soldiers, including the large number of Sikhs killed in the battle.

The 29th Indian Infantry Brigade, which comprised of 14 Ferozpur Sikhs, was a part of the 10th division on the Suez. The brigade was detached and sent to reinforce 29 British Infantry Division that had suffered heavy casualty. The 29th Indian Infantry brigade comprised 14 Ferozepur Sikhs (later 1st Sikhs and current 4 Mechanized); 1/6th Gurkha Rifle (currently part of UK Gurkha Brigade); 69 Punjabi (currently 1st Guard) and 89 Punjabi (currently 1s Baluch Pak). By the time their detachment was over, a total of 1530 were killed and 3413 wounded. The 1st Patiala (now 15 Punjab, India) took part in the third battle of Krithia, where they lost the entire force – 280 dead and 800 plus wounded.


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