Most of the Indian patients had never experienced anything like the Royal Pavilion before.
Isar Singh (Sikh, 59th Rifles) letter to a friend (50th Punjabis, India)
Indian General Hospital [Gurmukhi], Brighton, 1st May 1915
Do not be anxious about me. We are very well looked after. White soldiers are always besides our beds — day and night. We get very good food four times a day. We also get milk. Our hospital is in the place where the King used to have his throne. Every man is washed once in hot water. The King has given a strict order that no trouble be given to any black man (Indians) in hospital. Men in hospital are tended like flowers, and the King and Queen sometimes come to visit them. 
Many of the young Sikhs like Isar Singh had never even left Punjab before, yet here they were half way around the world in England in a strange and exotic palace with Indian architecture and Chinese dragons over their heads and King George visiting them.
1. David Omissi, Indian Voices of the Great War, Soldiers’ Letters, 1914-1918 (St. Martin’s Press, Inc., 1999)