With the wreath to be layed by Guru Nanak Sikh Temple communityis (r-l) Cr John Arkan, Raj Davinder (president of Temple), Kirpal Husna (Vice President) and Rupinder Bhangal.
With the wreath to be layed by Guru Nanak Sikh Temple communityis (r-l) Cr John Arkan, Raj Davinder (president of Temple), Kirpal Husna (Vice President) and Rupinder Bhangal. Trevor Veale

Sikh soldiers to be honoured

MORE than 83,000 Sikh soldiers were killed serving across three continents in World War I.

Wearing only turbans to protect themselves from head wounds on the battle front, the Sikh military played a large role in the Indian, British Indian Army and in the Allied Forces during the war.

Their sacrifice included the Gallipoli campaign where the 14th Sikh regiment was almost wiped out.

The regiment lost 371 officers and men in one day's fighting - June 4, 1915.

To honour their service and sacrifice, Sikhs across Australia will take part in today's Anzac Day commemorations.

"We want the Australian public to know that our grandfathers fought alongside their grandfathers in Gallipoli," Sikh Council of Australia's John Arkan said

"These brave young men fought for our freedom - we must honour their memory."

According to the National War Memorial in Canberra, seven Sikhs were also part of the Australian armed forces during the First World War.

Six of these soldiers returned safely after the war ended, but one of them, Sarn Singh, died in action.

Mr Arkan will lay a wreath on behalf of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple community during the Woolgoolga Anzac Day service today.