‘WITH THE INDIAN SOLDIERS IN THE WAR’: YMCA WORK AMONG THE SEPOYS IN MESOPOTAMIA, 1914-18

Sarda Singh, Ganesh Kr Gupta

Abstract


The focus of this work is to look into the services of Y.M.C.A with the Indian sepoys in First World War. It is an effort to look into its activities during the Great War ranging from its educational programmes, letter-writing services and entertainment technologies for the sepoys. This paper is an attempt to look into the role of Y.M.C.A. as a comfort zone for the sepoys softening the adversities of the soldiers resulting from the strain of military service in wartime conditions.


Keywords


First World War, Indian Sepoys, YMCA services, Military history and Mesopotamia

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