2 December 1919:  540 Sepoy Ladu, 1st Bn, 98th Infantry,

Son of Mamla, of Muranbas, Nuh, Gurgaon, India.

Ladu is remembered on the Tehran Memorial, Panel 41, Column 1.

Chuhi Ka Talab(nuh) 

Over one million Indians, including over 621,224 combatants and 474,789 non-combatants, were sent overseas between August 1914 and December 1919. Secret plans had been made as early as 1910 to deploy Indian troops to Mesopotamia via Bombay and Karachi to Basra.

Most of the sepoys were recruited from the peasant-warrior classes of North and North-Western India, in accordance with the theory of the ‘martial races’, with Punjab (spread across present-day India and Pakistan) contributing more than half the number of combatants.

The lack of a written record, due in part to low literacy and a differing cultural attitude to the conflict has seen only a fraction of accounts being left by the men of the Indian armies - those that do exist largely falling on transcripts of letters and notes home, themselves often prepared by scribes. 

CF: David Omissi Indian Voices of the Great War (1999).

Seppy Letters (India)


Image: 'Hindou : Guerre de 1914' Albert Fossard Pastel on paper. p. 66. The Great War As recorded through the Fine and Popular Arts from Liss Fine Art.