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Report from the London Gazette newspaper on the actions of Jemadar Mir Dast, June 1915
(Catalogue ref: ZJ 1/622)
ZJ 1/622; report on VC winner, Jemadar Mir Dast, 1915

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  • In what ways was Mir Dast a typical British soldier and in what ways was he unusual?
  • Why was he fighting on the western front? What does this source tell you about who joined the British Army when the war started? Read the useful notes to help you.
  • Which aspects of trench warfare does this source provide information on?
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