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Bodies of 2 WW-I Indian bravehearts laid to rest in France

| | New Delhi

Mortal remains of two Indian soldiers from 39 Garhwal Rifles, who died in action during World War I in France, were laid to rest at military cemetery at Laventie, France with full military honours on Sunday.

The remains of the two soldiers were found last year on September 20, 2016 during an excavation work on southern side of the village of Richebourg near Laventie Military Cemetery, approximately 230 km from Paris.

The remains were identified to be of soldiers of 39th Royal Garhwal Rifles. As a symbolic gesture, the soil from graves of these soldiers will be brought back to India.

A delegation comprising Commandant and Subdear Major of the Garhwal Rifles and Colonel Nitin Negi, grandson of late Naik Darwan Singh Negi, who was awarded Victoria Cross for his heroism during the Battle of Festubert, attended the ceremony. 

On the occasion, homage was also paid to the soldiers of Indian Meerut Division at Nueve Chapelle War Memorial by laying wreaths on behalf of the Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army by Brigadier Indrajit Chatterjee, Commandant and Subedar Major Trilok Singh Negi, of the Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre.

The Commandant expressed his gratitude to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the care and maintenance of the War Memorial dedicated to Indian soldiers in France and Flanders.

He also thanked the French Government for the conduct of the solemn ceremony, an Army communiqué said here on Monday.

The office of Commonwealth War Graves Commission in consultation with the French Government and Indian Embassy in France decided to hold ceremony to rest them along with their comrades at Laventie Military Cemetery, with full military honours during the annual memorial service that is held to commemorate the Indian soldiers who were martyred in action in France and Belgium.

During World War-I, the Garhwal Brigade comprising of 1st/39th and 2nd/39th Royal Garhwal showed unparalleled bravery in treacherous trenches of France and Flanders. The Garhwal Brigade earned six Battle Honours and two Victoria Cross in France and Flanders Theatre.



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