Hoshiar Singh Rathi

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Brigadier Hoshiar Singh

Brigadier Hoshiar Singh is the hero of Indo-China war of 1962, during which he sacrificed his life, fighting against the Chinese invading troops.

Early life

He was born in village Sankhol, near Bahadurgarh, in a Rathee Jat family. This village was part of Rohtak district in undivided Punjab. Now it is part of Jhajjar district of Haryana.

Career in Army

He joined the Rajputana Rifles as a recruit in October 1934 when he was barely 18 years old. He was promoted to the rank of Jamadar in December 1940. As a Junior Commissioned Officer [when known as VCO] he served with distinction in the Middle East with 4th Battalion [Outram's] . The Rajputana Rifles and won the IOM, IDSM and CROIX DE GUERRE [French Decoration] for bravery on the Battle field. He was twice mentioned in despatches for meritorious service. In 1941 he was selected for a commission and passed out from the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun.

Indo China war

When the Chinese began their massive invasion of NEFA and the situation over there was precarious,the forty six yeas old Brigadier Hoshiar Singh was selected at a short notice to take over the command of 62 Infantry Brigade at Seila on 28 (29) October 1962. Under his able leadership, the Brigade held up the enemy's advance for three days. It was only on receipt of orders from higher headquarters, that he reluctantly pulled out his Brigade and started the withdrawal. In the meantime,the Chinese had declared an unilateral ceasefire and the Brigadier and his party were withdrawing they were treacherously ambushed by the Chinese on 27 November 1962 and the gallant Brigadier fell to a Chinese bullet.


After his martyrdom, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, along with then Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Pratap Singh Kairon, personally went to Sankhol village to pay homage to the departed martyr and convey their condolences to his parents.

There is a stadium in Bahadurgarh in his name.

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