Early in 1921 work began on a new gateway to the Pavilion grounds. A gift of the Princes and people of India, the gateway was to serve as a permanent memorial to the use of various public buildings in Brighton for housing and treating wounded Indian soldiers. The gateway was officially unveiled on 26th 1921 by His Highness the Maharaja of Patiala.
In his address at the ceremony the Maharaja said that his own state in India had sent around 28,000 men to fight in the war, a number of whom had been the recipients of “Brighton’s
The Welcome Committee consisted of all past mayors and Councillors. At the Pavilion they were received by the Mayor and Mayoress, Mrs. B. N. Southall, consisting of the members of the Town Council in their robes, the Lord Lieutenant the Chief Constable. The Town Clerk Mr. Hugo Talbot, O.B.E. read an address of welcome.
In return the mayor of Brighton presented the Maharaja, with a gold key which was a copy of the original key to the Royal Pavilion.
The inscription on the gate-way reads:
This gateway is the gift of India in commemoration of her sons who – stricken in the Great War – were tended in the Pavilion in 1914 and 1915.
Dedicated to the use of the inhabitants of the Brighton,
B.N. Southall, Mayor