Sikhs In The Army


5/11th Sikh Regiment

47th Sikhs

Sikh Soldier -2 copy

Artist: Lawson Wood

Lawson Wood, sometimes Clarence Lawson Wood, (23 August 1878 – 26 October 1957), was an English painter, illustrator and designer. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, Heatherley's School of Fine Art and Frank Calderon's School of Animal Painting.

During World War I, Wood served as an officer in the Kite Balloon Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, and was responsible for spotting planes from a hot-air ballon. The duty was dangerous, and Wood was decorated by the French for his action over Vimy Ridge.


Image Title:

The Idol of the Regiment

A Sikh Saving His Officer. Captain

Officer insignia of rank as worn on the sleeves in the World War I period.




From: 47th Sikhs War Record

26th October 1914

At 6.40 am on the 26th a verbal message was received through LT Beetham, 15th Sikhs, That the 34th Pioneers on the left of the 15th Sikhs were being driven in. Colonel Richardson ordered No. 3 Coy under Capt. Combe to move to the left and prepare to counter attack the 34th trenches. On assembling in the open the company came under Heavy Fire and suffered casualties, including Capt. Combe who was wounded. His Orderly Sepoy Natha Singh (afterwards Jemadar), who tried to carry him off the field was also wounded.