During World War Two, forces from the British Commonwealth of Nations, then still informally called the British Empire, were involved in all the major theatres of war, as well as serving on their own and on the British home fronts. In addition to providing men and women for the war effort, the Empire supplied raw materials and goods to Britain. Over two and a half million Indian men volunteered for service, producing the largest volunteer army in history. Many fought against the Japanese in Burma, but Indian soldiers also served in North and East Africa, Italy and Greece. The Royal Indian Air Force (RIAF) fought against the Japanese, while Royal Indian Navy ships fought in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. There were around 40,000 Indian servicemen in the British Merchant Navy.
It is known that the nine Muslim members of the country’s war veterans were in the Glenfeshie area during 1942 and 1943 while working with British and Allied servicemen training in the art of Arctic and mountain warfare. They are thought to have been brought to the area to train with the forces ahead of a possible invasion of Norway, and the men had been enlisted to provide mule transportation to support the operation. Several of them drowned after falling into local rivers; two took their own lives, whilst the remaining men were killed in separate accidents whilst on exercise locally