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Scottish novelist meets descents of WW-I Sikh veteran

December 7

It was a lifetime moment for Scottish novelist Vee Walker, who is the author of ‘Major Tom’s War’, when she met the descents of Sikh soldier Captain (honorary) Amar Singh fought in the World War I.

The novel, Major Tom’s War’, is based on the account of soldiers, valour of Sikh men, tragedies and life experiences. These have been documented in the form of photographs and letters in Tom’s war diaries. The content of the dairy motivated Walker to begin her research, meet people, and pen down a book.

“I waited so long for the moment. It is not my story. It belongs to the present generation here. They must know about their great grandfathers and their role in World War I. Raisaladar Major Amar Singh finds a noteworthy mention in my grandfather war dairies. Finally, I met family members of Amar Singh and paid my tributes,” said an emotional Walker.

She also paid tributes at the statue of Amar Singh at Amar Singh Public Senior Secondary School, near Mehta Chowk. The school is being run by family members of Amar Singh, who later retired as Captain Honorary. The family members, including his great-children and great-grandchildren, were also present on the occasion.

Deepinder Sandhu, great-grandson, of Amar Singh, said, “We did not have an account of his life from 1914 to 1918. The gap has been filled by the book. It is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to connect with each other on such an occasion. It is a great moment for all of us.”

Walker also met kin of Arjan Singh, who was her grandfather’s personal assistant (sergeant). She termed it a memorable experience. Her book finds mention of four Indian Army soldiers — Amar Singh; Raisladar Harnam Singh; Yadram Singh, a trooper; and Arjan Singh, personal assistant to Tom, — and their stories. Both Amar Singh and Arjan Singh had survived the war. She also delivered a talk on her book in front of a gathering of students.

The novel, ‘Major Tom’s War’, is based on the account of soldiers, valour of Sikh men, tragedies and life experiences. It has been written by Scottish novelist Vee Walker. These have been documented in the form of photographs and letters in Tom’s war diaries. The content of the dairy motivated Walker to begin her research, meet people, and pen down a book. Her book finds mention of four Indian Army soldiers — Amar Singh; Raisladar Harnam Singh; Yadram Singh, a trooper; and Arjan Singh, personal assistant to Tom — and their stories.

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