Today, Mrs Rose Codling, Principal of Khalsa Secondary Academy, attended the national commemoration of the Battle of Saraghari at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. Keynote speakers included the Rt Hon The Earl Howe, a Minister of Defence and Lord Singh of Wimbledon both of whom emphasised shared British and Sikh values. Also, in attendance was Major General Ben Bathurst of the Household Division. Khalsa Secondary Academy is opening a Combined Cadet Force group next year linked to the Coldstream Guards.
Principal Rose Codling says, “This is an inspiring story of 21 British Sikh soldiers from the 36th Regiment who on this day (12 September) in 1897 sacrificed their lives while defending the borders of the Empire from 10,000 Afghan tribesmen. The message is as relevant today as it was then in showing that when we work together we are stronger at fighting injustice wherever it may exist. It was a great way to honour and celebrate their remarkable sacrifice and show our debt of gratitude. We were all very moved when it ended with the Last Post.”