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Plaque remembers Indian soldiers
Indian Gate
The gate was presented to Brighton in 1921 as a gift from India
The lives of 12,000 Indian soldiers who came to East Sussex during World War I have been commemorated with a plaque.

The plaque was unveiled at the Indian Gate, at the southern entrance to the Royal Pavilion gardens in Brighton.

The gate was a gift from India in 1921 as thanks for the care received by the injured soldiers when the pavilion was used as a makeshift hospital.

The soldiers were also treated at other sites in the city, including the Dome, Corn Exchange, and York Place School.

'Extraordinary sacrifice'

Fifty-three Hindu and Sikh soldiers died in the city, and were cremated at the spot on the South Downs above Patcham where the Chattri memorial stands.

A further 19 Muslim soldiers who died were given a purpose-built burial ground near Woking, in Surrey.

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, councillor Carol Theobald, said all the men had made "an extraordinary sacrifice fighting for a cause across the other side of world, far from their homes and families".

"In times when racism is never far below the surface we're right to remember them."

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