Colonel Mohammad Ghani is a centenarian who joined the British Indian Army in 1940. He was in a Punjab regiment and has sobering memories of 3.5 years spent in a Japanese prisoner of war camp where many died.
Lord Sheikh’s uncle Mohammed Isaac was a sergeant major in The Kings African Rifles and saw action in Abyssinia during the second world war.
Khudadad Khan VC was the first non-white person to be awarded the Victoria Cross in 1914 . He was a Muslim who came from Chakwal in present-day Pakistan.
In World War Two, Noor Inayat Khan GC was the first female wireless operator sent by Britain to assist the French resistance in 1943. She was tortured by the Germans but never gave up any secret information.