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World War I (WWI) Plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

World War I (WWI) Plaque

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: World War I (WWI) Posts and Monuments of Mehrauli

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

Located on the southern edge of Delhi, Mehrauli is a region known for its large collection of Mughal and pre Mughal tombs and monuments.

Close up of the WWI plaque

Close up of the WWI plaque

Although most of the moments of the Mehrauli region have been conserved but a few have been reused as residences and even for official purpose.

A pre Mughal era tomb located near the Adam Khan’s tomb has been converted into a health clinic and on the boundary wall of the clinic is a plaque, not dating back to the Mughal or pre Mughal era.

The plaque is only a century old and is dedicated to the Indian soldiers from Mehrauli and Badarpur, who for the British during the World War I (WWI).

13 lakh Indian soldiers joined the British and the allied forces against the Germans and Turks during the Great War of 1914 – 18. 74,000 Indian soldiers died during the World War I (WWI).

It is nothing strange that India has a number of war memorials deidcated te the fallen soldiers. Sadly apart from a few well known memorials like the India Gate, Delhi and the Glorious Dead Memorial, Calcutta most of these WWI memorials are totally unknown to the general public.

The memorial plaque on the outer wall of the health clinic in Mehrauli is no exception, even the locals are totally unaware of its existence. Today it simply stands as mute witness to the brave men who laid down their lives to the glory of God, King and Country.

Special Thanks: A special thanks to friend and fellow blogger Sahil Ahuja, who played an important role in spotting this almost invisible plaque.

  1. SD
    July 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks for pointing this out. As a long time Delhi resident and lover of ruins, I must say this is new to me!

    • July 17, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Thanks SD for your comment. It would be very nice if you can gather some info about the plaque, like when was it installed or which regiment the soldiers fought for.

  2. antarikanwesan
    July 18, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    I live close to Mehrauli and have never heard of this. Great discovery! I am going to check this out soon!


    • July 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Please do check it out and if you can dig out some more info please do share it.

      Thanks in advance.

    • December 18, 2018 at 10:01 PM

      Dear Antarik thanks for the comment once for and it was great meeting you in person during the FAM tour of Sterling Resort Puri

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