Contingent of Indian Muslim
soldiers with the British Expeditionary Force
at Woking Mosque for Friday prayers, 10 May 1940
The Islamic Review, December 1940.
also smaller image)
Major J.W.B. Farmer (Woking convert to Islam)
is in the 3rd row, seated, first from left
Note: Major Farmer had retired
from the army and is thus not in uniform. He served in the Home
What was the British Expeditionary Force (BEF)?
The British Expeditionary Force was sent to France
to repel the German invasion of France at the beginning of the Second
World War. In May 1940 it was defeated and retreated to Dunkirk
on the French coast, from where its famous rescue and evacuation
by boats, large and small, was carried out from England. For brief
information on the BEF, please visit: