The Chattri Memorial

They died so far from home.
Built on the exact spot where
their bodies were cremated.

Chattri Memorial Service June 2004 Photos

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On the 2nd Sunday in June, at 2.00pm, a half-hour commemorative service will be held at the Chattri near Patcham, for Sikh and Hindu soldiers who died while in hospitals in Brighton and Hove during the Great War 1914 - 1918.

Fifty Three bodies were cremated at the Chattri, their ashes were then taken to be scattered in the sea.

Nineteen Muslim bodies were taken from Brighton by ambulance to The Shah Jehan Mosque in Woking for burial. During the 1960s the bodies were removed to a Military Cemetery in Brookwood, due to vandalism.

The 2003 ceremony was attended by over 200 people including World War II Indian veterans, Ex-Services men, Brighton and Hove City Mayor, Cllr J Lepper, Brighton and Hove Chief Executive David Panter, Brighton and Hove MP David Lepper, together with representatives from the Indian Army, Members of the Armed Forces, Members of the Police, and local people, to witness the wreath laying and to hear the last post sounded.

The Chattri bears the following inscription, in English and Hindi :

"To the memory of, all the Indian soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their King - Emperor this monument erected on the site where the Hindus and Sikhs who died in hospital at Brighton passed through the fire is in grateful admiration and brotherly affection dedicate"

2003 wreath laying at the Chattri

 

 

The Chattri was unveiled by the Prince of Wales, in 1921.
From 1946 to 1999 the local branch of the Patcham British Legion has always organised the annual pilgrimage to the Chattri, announced their inability to now continue the service.

The service is now organised by Mr. Davinder Dhillon, a local teacher.

 

Brighton and Hove Mayor laying a wreath in memory to those brave Indian soldiers preparing to defend and die for our freedom and liberty, fighting side by side with British soldiers.

In total 12,000 wounded Indian soldiers, passed through Brighton & Hove Hospital, during the Great War.

 

2003 City Mayor wreath laying

 

Prayer by the Brighton and Hove Hindu Elders group, at the Chattri Patcham June 2003.

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