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Laijpat Rai Vij with his wife Pushpa Kumari Dhir, 1946. A year later Laijpat left for Liverpool on the last ship to sail from India before Partition.

Lajpat Rai Vij

Lajpat Rai Vij was born in 1924 in Talwan. He came to Liverpool in 1947 when he was 23 years old, and stayed with his Uncle Salgram in Laurel Road.

At first Lajpat could only find work as a pedlar selling women's clothes. He sent money to his family back home so that his wife and young daughter could make the journey to Liverpool. He bought a shoe shop in Rainhill in 1955 but by the early 1960s changed the premises into a supermarket. Lajpat also opened a toy and fancy goods warehouse in Islington, Liverpool.

Lajpat was one of the first Indians to own his home and like his uncle Salgram offered fellow settlers his moral and financial support. He played a prominent role in the local Indian community and was the first President of the Hindu Cultural Organisation in Liverpool. Lajpat passed away in 1977 aged 52.

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