Sunday, 29 May 2016

A plaque to Mir Dast.

A ceremony was held today at the Indian Gate to commemorate the departure in 1916 of convalescing Indian soldiers from Brighton & Hove's military hospitals. The soldiers, whose service could have been critical in keeping the enemy from the Channel Ports, were brought over from the Western Front for medical treatment and care.

The programme consisted of:
  • Introduction by Davinder Dhillon, Chair of the Chattri Memorial Group. 
  • The Last Post, one minute's silence, Reveille. 
  • Laying of wreaths. 
  • Address by Cr. Pete West, City Mayor/
  • Address by the Deputy High Commissioner of India, Dr Virander Paul.
  • Address by Duncan Cameron, formerly of the  Blue Plaque Panel.
  • Unveiling of a plaque to Mir Dast by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field.
  • Closing remarks by Davinder Dhillon.

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