Graves of 87 WWI heroes from Manipur found in Europe

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Imphal, Oct 29 (ANI): The graves of 87 people belonging to Manipur, who took part in World War I as members of the Labour Corps, have been found in war cemeteries across Europe, Egypt and Yemen. The discovery, which comes almost a century later, was undertaken by World War researcher Yumnam Rajeshwar. The Manipur Labour Corps, with strength of 2,000 people, belonging to Meiteis and tribal communities from the state, were sent to Europe by sea from Bombay in April 1917, said Rajeshwar. The researcher held a news conference in Manipur’s capital city Imphal to confirm his findings. The Manipuri members of the Labour Corps were sent to the World War I after a pact was signed between the then Manipuri king, Churachand Singh and British Political Agent Lt Col HWG Cole. Satisfied with Singh’s assistance, the British government honoured him with the title of Knight Commander Star of India. Rajeshwar stressed it was time the government took serious note of the matter and collect all the data of 2,000 brave hearts. Rajeshwar said his research would continue and the details of the graves have already been provided to those family members who contacted him.

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