Ambassador of India H.E. Mr. B.S. Mubarak and Lt Col Gurpreet Singh, Defence Attache attended 'Remembrance Sunday' organised by British Embassy at Khartoum War Cemetery on 13 November 2022. The Ambassador laid a wreath at the memorial, remembering those brave soldiers, who gallantly sacrificed their lives during WW-II in Sudan, Eritrea & Ethiopia. The cemetery has service graves of 34 Indian soldiers & the memorial wall on western side of the cemetery commemorates 514 Indian soldiers, who have no known graves.
Indian troops fought alongside their Sudanese counterparts in Eritrea in
1941 winning the decisive battle of Keren (earning the Bengal Sappers a Victoria Cross for
mine clearance in Metemma, now on the Sudan-Ethiopia border). The Government of Sudan in 1941 gave a generous gift of a hundred thousand pounds to Lord Linlithgow, the Viceroy of India, to build a war memorial to commemorate the sacrifices of the Indian troops in the WW-II for the liberation of Sudan. It was this core corpus that was later utilised to build the Sudan Block, the grand edifice of the National Defence Academy, Pune.