The British Indian Army marches through Paris on Bastille Day in 1916 during the First World War.

The British Indian Army marches through Paris on Bastille Day in 1916 during the First World War.

Tattoo honours Indian soldiers

North Okanagan residents can learn more about an important but unknown chapter in the First World War

North Okanagan residents can learn more about an important but unknown chapter in the First World War.

Duty Honour Izzat: The Call to Flanders Fields tells the story of the British Indian Army and it will be on display at Kal Tire Place  during the Okanagan Military Tattoo.

“Few know the pivotal role of the British Indian Army in securing the vital port of Calais so British and Canadian forces could land on European soil, or about the contribution of the British Indian Army in defending Ypres for the allied forces consequently establishing the Western Front,” said Norm Crerar, Okanagan Military Tattoo president.

“The Indian soldiers, mostly Punjabis, fought alongside the Canadians in Belgium and throughout France, and the graves of 10,000 of them share many of the cemeteries where Canadian casualties are buried.”

Crerar is encouraging residents to check out the free exhibit. The display will be open to the public Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. and then from Thursday to July 26 from 10 am to 8 p.m. in the foyer of Kal Tire Place.

“Come discover more about this important and mostly unknown piece of history and to discover the common values and shared heritage behind the sacrifices made by these brothers-in-arms.”