The Chattri War Memorial in Brighton

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This afternoon, as it was a sunny day, we took some time off to walk to the Chattri war memorial in Brighton. It was my first visit to the war memorial that sits on beautiful South Downs, just outside Patcham. The memorial was built for the memory of many Indian soldiers that fought with the allied forces during World War 1. Many of the injured soldiers were brought to Brighton where the royal pavilion was used as a hospital between 1914-18. During this period, over 4,000 Indian soldiers were treated at the royal pavillion, which had around 750 beds.  There’s an interesting BBC programme about the royal pavillion hospital during World War 1 that’s worth a listen and Wikipedia has an excellent entry about the Chattri and there’s a website run by the Chattri Memorial Group.

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