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PHOTO OF THE DAY - MANTHA SINGH AND CAPTAIN HENDERSON (FRIENDS FOR EVER)

 
 
Date: 26 Feb 2015

BATTLE OF NEUVE-CHAPELLE: A SPIRIT OF CAMARADERIE


Manta Singh was a soldier of the 5th Ludhiana Sikhs of the Indian Army, at the start of the WW-I, his Regiment became part of the 3rd Division, sent to reinforce the troops fighting in France.


After long months of trench warfare, in March 1915, Manta Singh's regiment prepared to engage in the first major offensive on the Western Front, the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.

 
It was in this chaotic field of battle that the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs fought. During the battle Manta Singh witnessed an English comrade, Captain Henderson, suffering with a serious bullet injury. Manta Singh with utter disregard to his personal safety, moved to help his injured comrade. He pushed him to safety in a wheelbarrow that he found in no-man's land. During this evacuation he was severely injured.


Manta Singh and the injured man he rescued, Captain Henderson, had become firm friends as well as brothers in arms. When Manta Singh died, Henderson ensured that Singh's son, Assa, was taken care of. He encouraged him to join the Sikh Regiment. Throughout the Second World War, Assa Singh and Henderson's son, Robert, served together, in France, Italy and North Africa. To this day, the Singh and Henderson families remain close friends. Assa and Robert have passed away, but their sons, Jaimal and Ian, are in regular contact.