Diamond Bullet Member and the Revered Sir Jim
Wounded Sepoy and Gurkha soldiers in the hospital grounds of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, Jan 9, 1915.
Bal Bahadur and Pim Bahadur, cousins, belonged to the 1/9 Gurkha Regiment, were both wounded by the same shell, on November 13, 1914. The shell killed 6 and wounded 10 others.
The Indian Army played a vital role in the first few months of the war. At a time when Britain was still recruiting and training volunteers, soldiers from across the Empire came to fight in Europe and support the British cause. The Indian Army provided the largest number of troops, and by the end of 1914 they made up almost a third of the British Expeditionary Force.
The Royal Pavilion was the first Indian hospital to open in Brighton with the first patients arriving in early December 1914. Over the following year, over 2,300 Indian patients were treated.
Lest we forget