Sikh Personalities

Victoria Cross Medals

Ishar Singh ji

Sepoy Ishar Singh

28th Punjabis

Date of Action: 10 April 1921

Place of Action: Haidar Kach, Waziristan


Sepoy Ishar Singh gained his Victoria Cross "for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 10th April 1921, bear Haidar Kach (Waziristan). When the convoy protection troops were attacked, this Sepoy was No. 1 of a Lewis Gun Section. Early in the action he received a very severe gunshot wound in his chest and fell beside his Lewis gun. Hand-to-hand fighting being comemnced, the British office, Indian officer, and all the Havildars of his company were either killed or wounded, and his Lewis gun was seized by the enemy. "Calling up two other men, he got up, charged the enemy, recovered the Lewis gun, and, although bleeding profusely, again got the gun into action. "When his Jemadar arrived, he took the gun from Sepoy Ishar Singh and ordered him to go back and have his wound dressed. Instead of doing this, the Sepoy went to the medical officer, and was of great assistance in pojnting out where the wounded were, and in carrying water to them. He made innumerable journeys to the river bank and back for this purpose. On one occasion, when the enemy fire was very heavy, he took the rifle of a wounded man and helped to keep down the fire. On another occasion he stood in front of the medical officer who was dressing a wounded man, thus shielding him with his own body. It was over three hours before he finally submitted to be evacuated, being then too weak from loss of blood to object. "His gallantry and devotion to duty were beyond praise. His conduct inspired all who saw him." (London Gazette supplement, 25 November 1921) He was later to be awarded the Order of British India, First Class, which carried with it the title of "Sardar Bahadur." This joint award of the V.C. and O.B.I. (1) was unique.

Karamjit Singh ji

Lieutenant Karamjit Singh Judge, 4th Bn. 15th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army

Campaign : World War II

Age 22

Nationality Indian

Deed : On 18 March 1945 near Meiktila, Burma (now Myanmar), Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge, a platoon commander of a company ordered to capture a cotton mill, dominated the battlefield by his numerous acts of gallantry. After eliminating ten enemy bunkers he directed one tank to within 20 yards of another and asked the tank commander to cease fire while he went in to mop up. While doing so he was mortally wounded and Killed.

Nand Singh ji

Naik Nand Singh, The Sikh Regiment

Date of Action: 11/12 March 1944

Place of Action: Maungdaw-Buthidaung Road, Kalaparzin Valley, Arakan, Burma

Date and Place of Birth: abt. 1915; V. Bahadurpur, Bhatinda, Punjab; son of Bagh Singh

Enrolled: 24 March 1933

CITATION On 12 December 1947, Nand Singh was employed as a jemadar with the 1st Sikh Regiment, defending Kashmir from a Pakistani attack. Performing his duty with "valor leadership and selfless devotion to duty," Jemedar Nand Singh led in the capture of a key objective, near Uri. He was killed shortly after the objective was taken. To recognize this bravery, he was awarded posthumously the Maha Vir Chakra by independent India. This V.C. and M.V.C. pair is unique.

Prakash Singh ji

Havildar Parkash Singh, 3/8th Punjab Regiment

Date of Action: 6-19 January 1943
Place of Action: Donbaik, Mayu Peninsula, Burma
Date and Place of Birth: Chak 266 RB village, Shariker, Layllpur tehsil, Punjab
Campaign World War II
Age 30
Nationality Indian

Deed On 6 January 1943 at Donbaik, Mayu Peninsula, Burma (now Myanmar), Havildar Parkash Singh drove his own carrier forward and rescued the crews of two disabled carriers under very heavy fire. Again on 19 January in the same area he rescued two more carriers which had been put out of action by an enemy anti-tank gun. He then went out yet again and brought to safety another disabled carrier containing two wounded men. Havildar Later achieved rank of Major.

Gian Singh ji

Naik Gian Singh (later, JC-5659 Jemadar, 5th Sikh Regiment)

15th Punjab Regiment
Date of Action: 2 March 1945
Place of Action: Kamye-Myingyan road, Burma
Date and Place of Birth: 5 October 1920; V. Sahabpur, Nawashahr, Jullundur, Punjab; son of Fakir Singh
He died 6 October 1996, in Jullundur, Punjab, India.
Enrolled: 5 October 1937
Retired: As Subedar Major and Honorary Captain, 5th Sikh Regiment, died 6 October 1996.

Excerpts taken from these books.
The Encyclopedia of Sikhism by Harbans Singh.