A permanent memorial should be erected to commemorate the “forgotten soldiers” from the British Indian Army who have been laid to rest in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire, according to a heritage group.
Having been evacuated from Dunkirk during the Second World War, 13 soldiers travelled to Scotland but died after training in harsh conditions with British troops.
Some of the men are buried in Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.
Others were laid to rest in Kingussie and Sutherland.
However, there is currently no permanent memorial in Scotland to commemorate their sacrifice or the service of Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus who fought for Britain in both world wars.
More than 160,000 soldiers from the British Indian Army died in the wars. The Glasgow-based Colourful Heritage initiative wants to erect a permanent memorial in Scotland and the idea is backed by Scottish Labour MSP Anas Sarwar, who attended a multi-faith remembrance service yesterday.
He said: “As we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, it is fitting to recognise the historic contribution of soldiers from the British Indian Army in both world wars.
“They are our forgotten soldiers: thousands of young men from different faiths who travelled halfway around the world, with many making the ultimate sacrifice.
“I support calls for a permanent memorial in Scotland to the soldiers from the British Indian Army.
“It would serve as a reminder for generations to come, and show children living here in Scotland whose ancestors are from India or Pakistan that they too have a stake in our country’s history and values.”
At First Minister’s Questions, Nicola Sturgeon indicated she would be supportive of the proposals.