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Indian Ceremony at La Chapelette, Péronne

On Sunday 10 September 2017, a ceremony was held at La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, near Péronne, in remembrance of the Indian troops that served during the war.

Péronne is dedicating 2017 to India with talks, exhibitions and especially this ceremony in remembrance of all the Indian soldiers and labourers who served in the Somme from 1914.

From 1917, many were set to work constructing roads, trenches and railway lines and when wounded or ill, were treated at casualty clearing stations like those at La Chapelette, before being sent to field hospitals further behind the line. 320 of these servicement lie at rest in La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Please click here for more information about the exhibition at the Alfred Danicourt Museum.

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