Inscribed on verso: “Guerre de 1914 - Hindou- Offert par M. Forcella en 1917 à M. P.P.”
Pastel on paper
14 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (36.5 x 27 cm)
1.2 million men from the Indian Army fought for Britain in the First World War and 140,000 of them fought on the Western Front. Of these, 90,000 served in the infantry and cavalry and as many as 50,000 non-combatant labourers. They hailed from Punjab, Garwahl, Nepal, Madras and Burma. Of the combatants, over 8,550 were killed and as many as 50,000 more were wounded. Almost 5,000 of the dead have no known grave and are commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres and at Neuve Chapelle.