Far From the Western Front

Maharaja of Bikaner

Far From the Western Front

South Asian Stories of the First World War

Between 1914 and 1921, over 1.5 million South Asians served alongside the British Army, as soldiers and non-combatants. Millions more stayed at home, where the war meant that women and children gained new opportunities and had to deal with new challenges.

Take a look at the categories below and tick the ones you’d like to explore.


You can follow one person’s story through the war, find out about the Siege of Kut from multiple perspectives, or see how different climates affected South Asian soldiers’ experiences of war.

The Exhibition

Far From the Western Front is a free “hugely moving”, “eye-opening” and “beautifully presented” exhibition exploring the untold stories of South Asians whose crucial contribution shaped the First World War. See where the exhibition is next…

South Asian Stories

Through each individual’s story, you can explore the broader experiences of South Asians at war, from their reasons for enlisting to what they wrote home.

Please visit the  Far From the Western Front website  for full stories

About the project

Far From the Western Front was a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and hosted at the Community Hub – Haringey, in partnership with Collage Arts, the Gurkha Veteran Foundation and the Pak Cultural Society.

Volunteers from across London worked together to reveal and explore the untold stories of the 1.5 million South Asians who served in the First World War in campaigns from Mesopotamia to East Africa.