(Visits & Trips of Yesterday ) The Chattri

Many people are aware of the Brighton  Royal Pavilion and its Indian design. Due to this it was used as a Hospital in the first world war. for Indian Troops. 1.5 million Indian soldiers saw active service on the Western Front in WW1. some 12,000 were wounded. 53 of the servicemen who died in Brighton were Sikh & Hindu, respecting their religious needs they were cremated on the South Downs close to Patchham (their ashes then being then scattered in the sea).

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At the cremation site is a war memorial called The Chattri as the monument is known was unveiled in 1921 by the Prince of Wales.

Today this war memorial is well worth the walk on the Downs across farm land  to its isolated & tranquil location a good spot to reflect on what this memorial means.

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