This is an excerpt from a letter written by an Indian soldier, Ram Singh, from the Kitchener Indian Hospital in Brighton. In writing to his father Subadar Madhun Singh, who was a soldier in the Garhwal Rifles, Ram Singh complains how difficult the war was proving to be. He writes that the information printed in the newspapers was lies, implying that the stories of progress made in capturing ground were exaggerated, when in fact they had ‘only captured 400 yards of trenches’.
In his report for 5 June 1915, to which this excerpt was appended, the Censor of Indian Mail commented that several of the letters he had looked at that week made references to not being allowed to write freely. He thought it ‘would certainly be very interesting to learn what they would say if they were given carte blanche’.
- Article by:
- Santanu Das
- Race, empire and colonial troops
Dr Santanu Das reveals the role of the Indian sepoy in World War One and explores the fragments of historical sources that shed light on the experiences of the one million Indians who served.