Sisana, his birth place, is a big village on Rohtak - Sonipat road, about 25 km from Sonipat. This Jat dominated village has produced more than 250 soldiers for the Indian Army. His father was a respectable farmer and his mother Smt. Mathuri Devi, a kind-hearted housewife. Col Hoshiar Singh got married to Smt Dhanno when he was still studying in the 7th class. This illustrious couple has three sons.
Joined Indian Army
After his schooling and one year's study at the Jat College, Rohtak, he joined the Indian Army as a soldier.
He was commissioned as an officer in the Grenadiers Regiment on 30 June 1963. His first assignment as an officer was in NEFA. In the 1965 Indo-Pak war, he saw some action in the Rajasthan sector. In the Indo-Pak war of 1971 (then a Major), he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra on 17 December, 1971.
Colonel Hoshiar Singh was a man of simple habits. The great secret of his remarkable success had been a close rapport with his men. He grew with his company and being in the same battalion for a long period helped him establish close ties with the men under his command.
Indo-Pak war 1971
Indo-Pak war 1971: The 3rd Battalion of the Grenadiers Regiment was in the forefront of the advance of 54 Inf. Div. in Shakargarh sector on the western front on the night of December 5th. The 3 Grenadiers, under the dynamic command of Lt Col V P Airy, made quick gains in the first ten days of the war. On December 15th, it was assigned the task of establishing a bridge-head across the Basantar river. The river was covered with deep minefields on both sides and protected by well fortified defense by the enemy. Major Hoshiar Singh, Commander of 'C' (left forward) Company, launched an attack across the enemy minefield on Jarpal. As it was a well fortified enemy position, the company came under intense shelling and crossfire from medium machine guns and suffered heavy casualties.
The 3 Grenadiers bravely continued the assault and achieved the set objective. The enemy bunkers were cleared only after fierce hand-to-hand fighting. Pakistanis reacted to the loss of Jarpal by launching counter attacks, two of them supported by armour, to dislodge the 3 Grenadiers on December 16th. Major Singh, unmindful of the enemy shelling and tank fire, went from trench to trench, encouraging his men to remain steadfast and continue fight. Inspired by his courage and leadership, his company repulsed all attacks, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. On December 17th, the enemy mounted yet another attack in battalion strength with heavy artillery in support. Though wounded seriously in enemy shelling, Major Singh again went alone from trench to trench, at times moving in the open too. When an enemy shell landed near his medium machine gun post, injuring the crew, Major Hoshiar Singh rushed to the enemy machine gun pit and operated the gun inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.
Param Vir Chakra
Pakistanis beat a hasty retreat leaving behind 85 dead, including their Commanding Officer - Lt Colonel Mohammed Akram Raja and three other officers. Throughout this operation, Major Singh displayed the most conspicuous gallantry, grim determination and indomitable spirit. With grit, courage and complete disregard to his personal safety he inspired his command to perform outstanding acts of gallantry and defeated repeated enemy attempts to recapture the locality. The steadfastness and dauntless courage displayed by Major Hoshiar Singh were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Indian Army, and his refusal to be evacuated despite his serious wounds was an act beyond the call of duty. He was honoured with the highest wartime gallantry medal of India, the Param Vir Chakra.
Dalip Singh Ahlawat writes -
कर्नल होशियारसिंह का जन्म 5 मई सन् 1936 ई० को चौ० हीरासिंह दहिया जाट के घर जिला सोनीपत के गांव सिसाना में हुआ था। आप भारतीय थलसेना में एक साधारण सिपाही भर्ती हुए और उन्नति करके 30 जून सन् 1963 ई० को लेफ्टिनेन्ट का पद प्राप्त कर लिया। अफसर बनकर आप नं० 3 ग्रेनेडियर पलटन में आ गये। आपने सन् 1971 ई० के भारत-पाक युद्ध के समय मेजर के रूप में पाकिस्तानी सेना के पुरजोर आक्रमण को बड़ी बहादुरी और साहस से निष्फल कर दिया और उसके मोर्चों पर अधिकार कर लिया था। इस महान् शूरता के लिए आपको 17 दिसम्बर 1971 को परमवीर चक्र (जीवित) से विभूषित किया जो कि भारतवर्ष का सर्वोच्च शूरता पारितोषिक (तमग़ा) माना जाता है। इस सन्दर्भ में संक्षिप्त सा वर्णन उल्लेखनीय है -
15 दिसम्बर 1971 को मेजर होशियारसिंह शकरगढ़ के क्षेत्र में नसन्ता नदी के पार 3 ग्रेनेडियरज़ पलटन की एक कम्पनी की अगुवाई कर रहे थे। आपको जरपाल नामक स्थान पर स्थित शत्रु के मोर्चे पर अधिकार करने का आदेश मिला। आपने अपनी कम्पनी के साथ शत्रु की धुआंधार गोलाबारी तथा मशीनगनों के भारी कारगर फायर के नीचे आक्रमण कर दिया तथा हाथों-हाथ के युद्ध के पश्चात् शत्रु के मोर्चों पर अधिकार कर लिया। अगले दिन शत्रु ने टैंकों के साथ तीन भयंकर प्रत्याक्रमण किये। आपने उनकी तनिक भी परवाह न करते हुए अपने जवानों को मोर्चों में डटे रहने के लिए अत्युत्साहित किया। इस प्रकार शत्रु का हमला विफल कर दिया तथा शत्रु 85 मरे हुए सैनिकों को छोड़कर जिनमें एक कमांडिंग अफसर तथा तीन अन्य अफसर भी सम्मिलित थे, भाग खड़ा हुआ। यद्यपि मेजर होशियारसिंह गम्भीर रूप से घायल हो गए थे फिर भी युद्ध बन्द होने तक मोर्चे से लौटने के लिए इन्कार कर दिया। इस युद्ध के दौरान आपने भारतीय सेना की सर्वोच्च प्रथाओं के अनुसार सर्वोच्च वीरता, अदम्य युद्ध-साहस तथा नेतृत्व प्रदर्शित किया।
Click here to go to Bharat Rakshak bio of Colonel Hoshiar Singh.
Colonel (Retd) Hoshiar Singh, PVC passed away on 6th December, 1998. He died of natural cause.
A museum at Indian Military Academy Dehradun has been named after major Hoshiar Singh in 2009. At this function his wife Dhano Devi and two sons, who are now in Indian Army, were also present. 
- Jat History Dalip Singh Ahlawat/Chapter III (Page 216)
- Jat Samaj, March 2009, p.30
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