Records Of Over 3 Lakh Punjabi WW1 Soldiers Digitised For The First Time Ever. Read Full Thread

Records Of Over 3 Lakh Punjabi WW1 Soldiers Digitised For The First Time Ever. Read Full Thread

The records of 3,20,000 Punjabi troops who fought in WW1 have been uncovered for the first time ever. They were kept unread and untouched in a basement for about 97 years! And have finally been revealed. Not only that, they have also been digitised by UK-based historians and uploaded on a website on the observance of the 103rd Armistice day.

Source: The Guardian

According to the reports, the records in the form of files, were kept hidden in the depths of the Lahore Museum, Pakistan. The records help in offering a deeper insight into the contribution of Indians and Punjabis to the ‘allied’ war effort in the First World War.

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Until now, only the historians and descendants of British and Irish WW1 Soldiers could search public databases of service records but now, families of Indian soldiers who fought in WW1 have also been given access to the records. Many UK citizens of Punjabi descent have already been invited by the UK government to go through the recently uncovered records and look for their ancestors.

Source: The Guardian

The descendants have discovered that their family’s villages provided soldiers to the Allies in the World War. The first World War was fought between the allied and the axis powers. Lakhs of Indian and Punjabi soldiers served Britain, which was a part of the allied forces. India, being a colony of the British Empire at the time of the war, had to supply them soldiers and fight the war for them. 

Source: The Guardian

The recovery of these lost records is huge for the history and the better insight of the Indian and Punjabi community’s contribution in World War 1.  As of now, the records are just a click away from anybody who uses the internet in this world!

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