World War I (WWI) Plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi
World War I (WWI) Plaque
Located on the southern edge of Delhi, Mehrauli is a region known for its large collection of Mughal and pre Mughal tombs and monuments.
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.