In some of the earliest footage of Sikh soldiers in the First World War, Commonwealth troops from India, Australia and New Zealand parade through the streets of Marseilles, several with flowers pinned to their hats and uniforms, and others with flags tied to their rifles.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 1662.3)
Indian soldiers walk along a country road in France or Belgium leading mules carrying equipment or supplies.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 2326.23)
Indian soldiers walk through a village in France or Belgium leading horses, while the wounded and others carrying bedrolls appear to arrive at a camp.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 2326.1)
Aspects of the daily life of the troops in France is shown, including two Sikhs tending to their uncut hair.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 1942.2)
Various shots of Indian soldiers in camp, including a Sikh winding his long hair up before putting on a turban.
Credits: British Pathé (FILM ID: 2322.37)
Indian soldiers perform knee bends in a forest clearing followed by some rough and tumble fun.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 2322.39)
Units of the former Indian Corps, including the 34th Sikh Pioneers, 47th Sikhs, 57th (Wilde's) Rifles, 58th (Vaughan's) Rifles, are filmed performing a variety of tasks and enjoying sports such as wrestling as they await their departure from France.
Credit: © IWM (IWM 202-1)
Units of the former Indian Corps, mainly 7th (Meerut) Division, prepare for their departure from France.
Credit: © IWM (IWM 202-2)
Indian troops pass by a Greek street with mules pulling wagons piled high with military supplies.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 2332.08)
British forces on the Mesopotamian Front during and after the Battle of Ramadi, 28-29 September 1917. (Reel 1 of 2) A variety of scenes featuring several Indian infantry units from 7th (Meerut) Division including the 20th Punjab Infantry and the Guides Infantry Regiment. (Reel 2 of 2) Scenes include Indian troops moving into a sandbagged trench system, soldiers handling rifles and a Lewis machine-gun, the crossing of a pontoon bridge at Ramadi and troops being pulled along a light railway by a mule team.
Credit: © IWM (IWM 61)
British, Indian and Jewish forces on the Palestine Front, with a scene (Reel 1 of 4) of Indian troops clearing undergrowth from a small river, described as Wadi Auja (possibly a tributary of the Tigris).
Credit: © IWM (IWM 30)
A Sikh is among the wounded soldiers getting off a hospital ship presumably in Britain.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 1888.45)
Second Lieutenant Hardit Singh Malik, the first Indian to fly for the Royal Flying Corps, receives a gift of an aeroplane, a Sopwith F1 Camel, from the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to mark their appreciation of the role played by India in the war.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 1882.29)
Men of the British Indian Army parade under Admiralty Arch towards Buckingham Palace where they are reviewed by the royal couple.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 2450.42)
(Reel 3 of 3) Maharaja Bhupinder Singh inspects the Patiala Infantry Regiment, part of 20th Brigade of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, and is shown a Lewis machine gun section and a demonstration of rapid rifle shooting by Havildar Natha Singh.
Credit: © IWM (IWM 37)
Four smartly dressed Indian soldiers smile and laugh before entering a building somewhere in England.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 1914.13)
The Prince of Wales, future King Edward VIII, unveils a domed memorial on the spot where Indian soldiers who died from wounds sustained on the Western Front were cremated on funeral pyres.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 228.04)
As a ‘thank you’ from the people of India, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh dedicates a gate to the town of Brighton and its people for their care of the wounded Indian soldiers and their hospitality during the war.
Credit: British Pathé (FILM ID: 246.22)