In this talk Dr Gajendra Singh will reveal some of the everyday realities of Indian soldiers’ lives in the First World War.

1.7 million sepoys were mobilised, recruited and shipped overseas to fight for the British Crown. In South Asia and Britain, popular memory of these soldiers has been rekindled as part of the centenary commemorations. While their presence has been acknowledged, their experiences of war in France and the Middle East remain only partially recognised.

Dr Singh is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Exeter. His book, ‘The Testimonies of Indian Soldiers and Two World Wars: Between Self and Sepoy’ was published by Bloomsbury.

This talk is part of the National Army Museum’s regular Lunchtime Lectures series.


Entry to Lunchtime Lectures is free. However, places must be reserved in advance by contacting our customer services team on 020 7730 0717. Bookings will close three days ahead of each lecture.

Lunchtime Lectures are subject to change: customers are advised to check the website closer to the date.

The dress code for the Army & Navy Club is smart. Ripped jeans, sportswear and flip-flops are not permitted.

Venue details


Army & Navy Club
36-39 Pall Mall


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