Exhibitions | Events

Said Adrus
Lost Pavilion & Pavilion V

28 June - 1 July

Autograph ABP

London, UK

Free short film screenings

Two short films by Said Adrus revisit the role of South Asian soldiers during the Great War, and the story of the Muslim Burial Ground at Horsell Common, Woking.

Over 1 million troops from colonial India took part in WWI on behalf of the British Empire. 62,000 lost their lives while overseas.

Some soldiers wounded in conflict were moved to hospitals in Britain, including the military hospital for Indian troops at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. German propaganda suggested that Muslim Indian soldiers who fought for Britain were not being buried according to their beliefs, and in response the War Office opened the Muslim Burial Ground in 1917. The site was chosen for its close proximity to Shah Jahan Mosque, the only purpose-built mosque in Britain at that time.

Nineteen Muslim Indian soldiers who died in Britain during WWI were buried at the cemetery.

The Muslim Burial Ground continued to be used during World War II, but became derelict after the wars. The graves were subjected to racist vandalism, prompting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to reinter the bodies at Brookwood Military Cemetery in 1969.

Adrus’ footage of the Muslim Burial Ground in Lost Pavilion shows the site before it was restored as a Peace Garden in 2015. Using photographs, archival footage and interviews he reflects on issues around war, migration, empire and the affinity to place and country.

The film will be shown on a loop alongside Pavilion V. This silent and slowed-down archival footage shows Indian and Ghurka soldiers at the Royal Pavilion hospital in 1915, a rare document of their presence in Britain at the time.

Part of Adrus’ ongoing research into the contribution of soldiers from the former British colonies to the British war effort during the centenary commemorations of World War I.


Visiting information

Pavillion and Pavillion V will be shown on a continuous loop during opening hours. 15 minute total running time. 

The screenings will be in the second floor gallery at Autograph ABP. 

Servicemen originally buried at The Muslim Burial Ground

Shaikh Abdul Wahab
Sowar, 29th Lancers (Deccan Horse)
d. 16 July 1915

Zarif Khan
Sepoy, 127th Queen Mary’s Own Baluch Light Infantry
d. 22 July 1915

Rifleman, 57th Wilde’s Rifles Frontier Force
d. 22 July 1915

Mahrup Shah
Sepoy, 129th Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis
d. 16 Sep 1915

Sikandar Khan
Sepoy, 82nd Punjabis
d. 25 Sep 1915

Bagh Ali Khan
Sepoy, 82nd Punjabis
d. 29 Sep 1915

Khan Muhammad
Sepoy, 108th Infantry
d. 9 Oct 1915

Driver, 9th Mule Corps
d. 19 Oct 1915

Mehr Khan
Sowar, 19th Lancers (Fane’s Horse)
d. 24 Oct 1915

Fazal Khan
Naik, 93rd Burma Infantry
d. 14 Nov 1915

Follower, Army Hospital Corps
d. 7 Dec 1915

Follower, 32nd Signal Company
d. 16 Dec 1915

Sher Gul
Sepoy, 57th Wilde’s Rifles Frontier Force
d. 18 Dec 1915

Shaikh Mohiuddin
Bearer, Army Hospital Corps
d. 5 Jan 1916

Ashgar Ali
Follower, Army Hospital Corps
d. 29 Jan 1916 (amended death certificate)

Kala Khan
Driver, No.2 Mountain Battery
d. 2 Feb 1916

Alla Ditta Khan
Sowar, 15th Lancers (Cureton’s Multani’s)
d. 3 Feb 1916

Followers Central Depot
d. 3 Sep 1919

Mirza Iqbal Ali Beg
Gentleman Cadet, Royal Military College, Sandhurst
d. 23 June 1920

Mohamed Ben Hamou
Soldat, French Foreign Legion
d. 13 Jan 1941

Mohamed Ben Tahar
Brigadier, French Foreign Legion
d. 17 June 1941

Jan Muhammad
Sepoy, 16th Punjab Regiment
d. 14 Aug 1944

Ibrahim Yolkoff
Soldat, French Foreign Legion
d. 5 May 1945

Masalachi, Indian Army Medical Corps
d. 17 Sep 1945

Khwaja Din
Pioneer, Indian Pioneer Corps
d. 19 Jan 1946

Karam Khan
Gunner, Royal Regiment of Indian Artillery
d. 9 July 1946

Yousef Ali
Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force
d. 12 May 1947

About Said Adrus

Born in Kampala, Uganda (British East Africa) in 1958 of Indian parents, Adrus and his family had to leave Uganda because of the expulsion of the Asian community by Idi Amin. They then settled in Switzerland in the 1970s. 
In the 1980s he moved to the UK to study at Nottingham Trent University (previously Polytechnic) and later Goldsmiths, University of London.  
Adrus is an artist associated with the Black British Art Movement. His works have been exhibited and screened at Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange and Bonington Gallery in Nottingham; Kunsthalle Bern and Shedhalle Zurich in Switzerland; Rich Mix, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, and Tate Britain in London; Bronx Museum of Art in New York; Southampton Museum & Art Gallery; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery; and The Lightbox in Woking.

Part of the exhibition Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?

Mahtab Hussain’s photographs explore the critical question of identity among young working-class British Asian men.

You Get Me? addresses the contested political terrain of race and representation, respect and cultural difference.

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Additional Info

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