By Meghan Adams
103 years ago, in June 1917, Private Nain Singh Sailani and Private Sarn Singh were killed in action on the Western Front. These men were among at least 21 Sikhs who are known to have enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War and were the only Sikh soldiers known to have been killed in action while serving as members of the AIF. Other men, such as Desanda Singh, made it through the war and returned to Australia. We may never know what motivated these men to enlist, but their stories add to the richness of Australia’s wartime history.