Those who were killed in battle were indeed generally buried on the spot. Many of those temporary burials remain lost to this day, and the names of the fallen are recorded on monuments erected near the battlefields. The 4,700 Indian soldiers and labourers who lost their lives on the Western Front during the First World War and have no known grave are commemorated on the Neuve-Chapelle Memorial:
Those who were recovered were often buried with their comrades in cemeteries maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. However, some were exhumed and cremated.
However, where possible, Sikh or Hindu soldiers who died from their wounds in hospital were cremated. For example, the Chattri Memorial commemorates those who were cremated at the burning ghats set up by the Army north-east of Patcham village in East Sussex.