Coverage by: Daljeet Bakshi and Sunaina
Adelaide witnessed historic reception by Governor of SA at Governor House , to mark the centenary of the death of a decorated Australian soldier Private Saran Singh.
Series of events took place in Adelaide to mark the centenary of the death of a decorated Australian soldier Private Saran Singh , originally from Jandiala , Punjab, India ,who was enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces on 15th May 1916 in Adelaide . While serving in the 43rd Infantry Battalion Private Saran Singh died in the line of duty during action in Belgium on June 10, 1917. He was awarded with British War and Victory medals posthumously. It is worthwhile to mention that Private Saran Singh is one of 12 Indian Anzacs who were enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces during World War I.
Hon Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia, held a reception at Government House , which was well attended by serving Australian Defence Forces members , Col Doug Langreuhr, SA police ,Hon Russel Wortley, Hon Dana Wortley, Representatives of Australian Sikh Heritage Association, Representatives of various local associations and religious bodies, media , followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the War Memorial, North Tce ,Adelaide .
Later in evening , AHSA organized a memorial lecture by Prof Emeritus Margaret Allen at State library , Adelaide . She shared remarkable pieces of writings and history associated with Sikh Anzacs and the masterpieces of the publication writings and pictures of their stories . AHSA spokesman shared the great news of the approval for grants by Government for publishing the Australian Sikh heritage books and other publishing material. Excellent display stand and stall showcasing Australian Sikh Heritage was really a great initiative by the orgainsers for attendees .
Among those who attended these events were, Harjit Singh of ASHA, Prof Emeritus Margaret Allen, ex RAAF officer Kuljit Jassal, , Aircraftman Maninder Singh, Manpreet Kaur Singh & Shamsher from SBS Punjabi, Ranjit Khera, Monika Bhudhiraja Kumar, Mahanbir Singh Grewal, Daniel, Bhupinder Singh Takhar, Amrik Singh Thandi, S.S. Johal, Molly Johal, Maninder Singh Dhillon, Harvinder Garcha, Bhupinder Singh,Bobby, Davinder Singh ( Don ).