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On Sunday 10th June, thirty-two Year 12 students and three staff attended a trip organised by Believe In Me Community Interest Company to remember and promote the story of South Asian soldiers in Britain as they recovered from their injuries during World War One.

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The day started with a visit to the Muslim Burial Ground Peace Garden in Woking, the site where 27 Muslim soldiers who died in Britain from their injuries sustained were buried before being moved to a military cemetery. The students were given a guided tour by Dr Iqbal, the man behind the project of restoring this once neglected site. Here the students laid a wreath in honour of these fallen soldiers. Then the students attended the Chattri Memorial near Patcham where they took part in an interfaith memorial service, attended by hundreds of military personnel and members of the public, to commemorate Indian troops who died from their wounds in Brighton. The site was of significance as the memorial was built on the site of the funeral pyre where the bodies were cremated in accordance to their religious beliefs. The students were exemplary and our Deputy Head Boy Baljodh and Deputy Head Girl Dilpreet laid two wreaths on behalf of Holly Lodge and Believe in Me. The final stop off was at Brighton Pavilion to see the building that was turned into a hospital to help heal the wounded Indian soldiers. Students were given a personal guided tour around the Pavilion and saw up close and personal the transformation of the rooms and the story of how the people of Brighton welcomed the soldiers and were religiously tolerant, such as creating a Halal butchers for Muslim soldiers. Year 12 thoroughly enjoyed the day, asking brilliant questions and participating in the event with respect to honour our fallen Asian soldiers. The students will have a follow-up trip to London to learn about the research process that goes into making exhibitions, with students being given the opportunity to add their part to an exhibition opening in November in Birmingham. Thank you to Kiran and her Company for organising this amazing event.