HISTORY: Help identify Sikh mystery man in historical B.C. military photo

B.C. Regiment. Submitted photo


A number of questions are left unanswered after retired B.C. Regiment soldiers unearthed a 100-year-old photo of 14 high-ranking officers and one “Sikh gentleman.”

“There he was sitting with our senior non commission officers,” said Commanding Officer Harjit Sajjan. “In that time frame in history, you don’t sit and take a picture like that with senior non commission officers.”

Retired officers started the search for the man’s identity after they wrote a pictorial history book called Swift and Strong.

“We wanted to bring out some unique history of the regiment that we haven’t seen before and this was one of them,” said Sajjan.

Although the photograph has been hanging in downtown Vancouver’s regimental hall for years, they finally have the time to look into who he was.

A number of pictures have been painted of the mystery man: “He could have easily been a soldier who fought in different battles,” suggested Sajjan, or “back then, we used to have many, many units that had many Sikh soldiers as part of the unit — he could have been in that time temporarily training with us.”

“It’s part of our history so we want to find out details of this person: what the person’s name was, when did he come here, does he have a family, does the family still exist?”
According to Sajjan, it’s not uncommon for a Sikh man to be amongst the regiment.

“A lot of Sikhs when coming to Canada … because they’ve served before in the British military, it was quite common to be connected,” he said. “The interesting part is just the diversity of our regiment. It’s just not now that our regiment has been diverse, our regiment has been open and diverse for a very long time — that’s just one proof of it.”

As the oldest regiment in British Columbia, they take pride in their history and their members — so the officers are doing everything they can to identify the man and are asking for anyone who may recognize him to contact them at dukeinfo@bcregiment.com.

“We try to stay connected, we call it ‘the regiment of family,’” said Sajjan. “If you’ve ever served, or your family’s ever served — we stay connected.”

If you have any information on this mystery man please contact webeditor@vancouverdesi.com


Amanda Todd

Man accused of extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd online arrested in Netherlands

ELAINE O’CONNOR VANCOUVER DESI A Dutch national has been arrested in connection with the online extortion of B.C. teen Amanda Todd, Dutch media report. The 35-year-old,…
Continue Reading »

Vanessa Hudgens

Hindu bindis all the rage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (w/gallery)

VANCOUVER DESI California’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is known for more than just its plethora of music. It’s also a weekend of outrageously…
Continue Reading »


Honour Killings: Indian court commutes death sentence to life imprisonment

IANS New Delhi – The Delhi High Court Thursday commuted death penalty to life imprisonment awarded to five people in the honour killing of a teenage…
Continue Reading »


Amanda Todd

Man accused of extorting B.C. teen Amanda Todd online arrested in Netherlands

ELAINE O’CONNOR VANCOUVER DESI A Dutch national has been arrested in connection with the online extortion of B.C. teen Amanda Todd, Dutch media report. The 35-year-old,…
Continue Reading »


Barinder Rasode breaks ranks with Surrey First over ‘hostile’ environment, may run for mayor

AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY, B.C. — Coun. Barinder Rasode is leaving Surrey First and may have her eye on the mayor’s chair. Rasode plans to…
Continue Reading »

desi sexy photos

Transit cop who posed for racy modelling photos cleared of wrongdoing

SAM COOPER VANCOUVER DESI A transit Police officer who was investigated for posing in racy modelling photos while on leave has been cleared of any…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

nude bath

PETA India urges health ministry to ban sale of animal-tested products

IANS New Delhi – Animal rights group PETA has urged India’s health ministry to ban the marketing and sale of animal-tested cosmetics and household products….
Continue Reading »

bites man's genitals

Court lets off woman charged for mishandling boss’ dogs, one bit a man’s genitals

IANS New Delhi – A Delhi court has let off a woman facing trial for being negligent with her employer’s dogs – one of whom…
Continue Reading »


Opinion: Britain’s youngest mom — 12-year-old — isn’t a case for the midwife, it’s a case for the police

ALLISON PEARSON THE DAILY TELEGRAPH  A girl aged 12 years and three months became Britain’s youngest mother over the weekend. She was still at primary…
Continue Reading »

Desi Hockey Dad threat

‘It got quite graphic’: Hockey dad charged with threatening 10-year-old player on his son’s team

Burnaby Winter Club team had just lost a playoff game IAN AUSTIN THE PROVINCE A Burnaby Winter Club hockey dad appeared in North Vancouver court…
Continue Reading »

Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

The sheer awe of Amritsar

VANCOUVER DESI Amritsar, literally a Pool of Nectar, derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the splendid Golden Temple. Guru Ramdas,…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood Latest


2 States: A magical north-south love story you wish wouldn’t end (w/trailer)

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS  Film: “2 States”; Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Ronit Roy, Amrita Singh, Revathi, Shiv Subramaniam; Directed by Abhishek Varman; Rating: ****…
Continue Reading »


KASHISH 2014 to screen foreign films on transgender issues in Mumbai (w/video)

IANS Mumbai – Films from Bangladesh, Britain, Spain and India, highlighting transgender issues, will be screened at the KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, which…
Continue Reading »

Porn Queen-desi

2 States author listens to Sunny Leone’s Babydoll number to unwind

VANCOUVER DESI The author of  2 States – which has now been adapted into the Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor film – has an interesting…
Continue Reading »