Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War
Lions of the Great War

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A statue of a marching Sikh soldier with a rifle slung over his left arm. He is mounted on a stone pedestal.

Lions of the Great War






H 300 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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Acquisition method

commissioned by Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick Council and Sandwell Council

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Unveiling date

4th November 2018


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Inscription description

on the surrounding wall: Lions of the Great War; on the front of the pedestal: Between 1914 and 1918 more than a million soldiers / from South Asia served in the British Indian Army, / fighting with great courage for the freedom/of a country that was not their own / This statue of a Sikh soldier is dedicated to the brave / men of all faiths who served side by side and / honours their remarkable contribution to / the Great War and other conflicts; on the right side of the pedestal: The statue and public space funded by / Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick / and Sandwell Council / were unveiled in November 2018 / to commemorate / 100 years since the end of the / First World War; on the left side of the pedestal: Bonds formed on the fields of battle created / an enduring legacy of togetherness that / continues to enrich our society / The Sikh community has since integrated into the / heart of British society while retaining / a visible and distinct identity


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Located at

High Street, Smethwick

B66 3AP

On the grassy bank close to the Gurdwara.