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Pte Singh was a member of the Australian Imperial Force during WWI and he was killed in action in Belgium on June 10, 1917, while serving in the 43rd Infantry Battalion.
Pte Sarn Singh is one of 12 Indian Anzacs who were enlised in the AIF during World War I. He and Pte Nain Singh Sailani were the only known casualties, both dying in the line of duty in the battle of Messines, in June 1917.
It was quite historic that the Governor of South Australia, the state the Pte Sarn Singh belonged to (he enlisted from Adealide), held a reception at Government House, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial, and by a memorial lecture by Prof Emeritus Margaret Allen.
To hear a summary report of the day, please click on the audio link embedded in the image above. The report includes grabs of interviews with Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of SA, Harjit Singh of ASHA, Prof Emeritus Margaret Allen, Col Doug Langreuhr, ex RAAF officer Kuljit Jassal, and Leading Aircraftman Maninder Singh.
More video interviews by SBS Punjabi, including those with Capt Sandeep Bhagat and Corporal Jagmeet Singh are shared below:
Private Sarn Singh was a Sikh Anzac who was decorated with British War Medal and Victory Medal during First World War (WW-1). His name is inscribed at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. Preetinder Singh Grewal reports...
Havildar Waryam Singh was a Signaller in the 14th Sikhs, the battalion that fought alongside the Anzacs in the Gallipoli campaign in 1915.
Private Ganessa Singh was an Indian Anzac, who was born in Punjab, India and probably came to Australia around 1908-09. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces on 11/9/1916 in Waikerie (South Australia) and was assigned to the 10th Battalion. Australian War Memorial site shows Ganessa Singh as embarking from Adelaide in 23 June 1917 as an Anzac.