The memorial on the outskirts of Neuve Chapelle in the department of Pas de Calais in northern France commemorates over 4,700 Indian soldiers and labourers who lost their lives on the Western Front during World War I and have no known graves.

The Indian national anthem was played as the Prime Minister stood in silence in memory of all those who are commemorated in the memorial.

He then went around the memorial looking at the names of the martyrs engraved on the walls.

"Remembering the services of the brave. PM @narendramodi at the Neuve Chappelle Memorial for Indian soldiers," Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry tweeted.

The Prime Minister also gifted a replica of the Garhwal World War I memorial and a publication by Indian Diplomacy on India and the Great War at the memorial.

"PM @ Narendra Modi's giftd replica of Garhwal WWI Memorial during visit to Neuve Chapelle Memorial for Indian soldiers," Akbaruddin mentioned in another tweet.

The memorial was designed by the celebrated British architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and unveiled by the Earl of Birkenhead on October 7, 1927.

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