Born on 23 November 1894, Hardit Singh Malik was the first Indian to fly with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War. He was also the first Indian High Commissioner to Canada and then Indian ambassador to France. The legendary figure has been honored with awards like the “Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour”, “Officer of Order of the British Empire” and “Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire”. His grand achievement shelf has gained him the nicknames of “The Flying Hobgoblin” and “The Flying Sikh”. And now the prominent figure is going to be honored with a statue being commemorated in Southampton, England.
The statue would be a memorial to all the Indians who fought in the First World War. The First World War saw deaths on a large scale. About 1.2 million Indians had fought in the WWI and about 70,000 died. Over 80,000 Indians were also wounded. To thank the contribution of all these people, Hardit Singh’s statue is going to be erected as a tribute.
Luke Perry is going to be the sculptor of the statue. Luke Perry is a known sculptor for constructing monumental sculptures celebrating under-represented people and the heritage of the Industrial Revolution. According to reports, the statue along with the plinth is going to be 17 feet tall. The installation has been planned in April, 2023.
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