A life-size bronze statue of Havildar Ishar Singh was unveiled at Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Wednesfield, a suburb of Wolverhampton, UK, on the 124th anniversary of the battle of Saragarhi. This is the first memorial of its sort in the United Kingdom, honouring the valour of 19th-century Sikh troops.
The monument, which was commissioned by the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Wednesfield after Wolverhampton Council agreed to transfer land, was officially unveiled by the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, Giani Harpreet Singh.
At the unveiling of the memorial, Singh was joined by three soldiers’ descendants, the President of the Saragarhi Foundation, Doctor Gurunderpal Singh Josan, Major General Celia Harvey OBE of the British Army, and local dignitaries.
During the unveiling ceremony, Councillor Bhupinder Gakhal said, “This is a truly historic moment and one that will live in the memory of the many people who attended today. We have unveiled a remarkable and beautiful tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice”.