History of shared sacrifice unites India, Australia

11 November 2013

THIS Remembrance Day, spare a thought for a forgotten Australian soldier and what his story tells us about our future.

He was killed in action in Belgium in 1917. The Australian War Memorial describes the silence of his records as "testament to a strong man", not least because he was not young - in fact, 43 - when he joined to fight in the trenches.

But there was something even more remarkable about him that speaks to a changing Australia's future in Asia, as well as to our past. For Private Nain Singh Sailani was Indian, a pioneer of the extraordinary migrant community that is making a huge contribution to this country.

Read Rory Medcalf's full piece in The Australian