Commemorating Private Saran Singh – Adelaide 2017

On Friday 16 June 2017 Australian Sikhs gather in Adelaide to remember Private Saran Singh, who lost his life in the Battle of Messines in Belgium on 10 June 1917.

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, hosted a reception at Government House to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death Sikh Anzac Private Saran Singh. The reception was attended by a wide group of people including members of South Australian Government, the academic and heritage community, Australian Defence Force and Australian Sikh community.

Following the reception at Government House, the Australian Sikh Heritage Association along with Adelaide based Sikh associations organised a public wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial and a special presentation by Emeritus Professor Margaret Allen at the State Library of South Australia.

The Governor along with Ms Dana Wortley (representing the South Australian Government), Lieutenant Colonel Doug Langrehr (representing Brigadier Mick Burgess, Commander 9th Brigade) from the Australian Army laid a wreath to mark the occasion. Captain Sandeep Singh Bhagat, Charanpreet Singh Anand, Kuljit Kaur Jassal and Ajayvant Singh Sidhu laid a wreath on behalf Sikhs in the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Sikh community.

Kuljit Kaur Jassal from the Australian Sikh Heritage Association said, “These Sikh men worked and lived in Australia, their adopted home. They were eager to join their Aussie mates and fight for what they believed in. Today we pause to reflect not only Private Saran Singh’s sacrifice, but all men and women who have served in Australia’s defence.”

Photographs courtesy of Saravanan Ravichandran from SR Media