From his arrival in the UK alone in 1908 as a fourteen-year-old, to Balliol College, Oxford and into the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War, Hardit Singh Malik lived an extraordinary life, often in the face of great adversity, yet always with charm and good humour. He played cricket for Sussex and was an Oxford blue in golf, playing with the Prince of Wales.
This presentation, by Stephen Barker describes Hardit Singh Malik's fascinating story.
Malik rose to become the Indian Ambassador to France after a long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil service, yet always maintained strong bonds with Great Britain. Yet it is as a fighter pilot during 1917-19 that he is best known, coming up against the Red Baron and the British military establishment. This illustrated presentation lasts for 50 minutes and includes a film clip.
Stephen Barker is an independent Heritage Advisor who works with museums, universities, and other heritage organisations to design exhibitions and make funding applications. He worked at Banbury Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.
Stephen is a Trustee of the Bucks Military Museum Trust and is an Arts Council Museum Mentor. He is the author of 'Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes' - the 8th East Lancs in the Great War and 'The Flying Sikh: The Story of a WW1 Fighter Pilot Flying Officer Hardit Singh Malik.'