At Brighton

Being wounded in the attack at Neuve Chapelle on October 27, 1914, [1] Thakur Singh would have first been transferred to field hospitals in France before eventually making his way to the newly setup hospitals of Brighton. Thakur Singh would have been one of the early arrivals of wounded Indian soldiers to arrive in Brighton in December 1914 and may have initially been at the Royal Pavilion hospital before being transferred to the Kitchener Hospital. Military records indicate the he rejoined his regiment from England in France on January 11, 1915. [2]

The note on the bayonet reveals that he received treatment at the Kitchener Indian Hospital while in Brighton. While in hospital Thakur Singh would have been afforded all of the respect that a senior officer in the British Indian Army was entitled to including private hospital rooms only shared with other officers, separate facilities for use by officers as well as a dedicated staff. Being a officer, Thakur Singh would also have received visitors and not been subject to as harsh restrictions as those placed on other Indian soldiers visiting the town of Brighton or interacting with the civilian population. During his recover in Brighton, Thakur Singh would likely have been invited as a honoured guest for tea or dinner at the homes of prominent Brighton personalities and politicians.

Footnotes

1. 47th Sikhs War Record, The Great War 1914-1918 (Picton Publishing Ltd., United Kingdom, 1992) 24

2. Ibid. 273