Sepoy Ishwar Singh

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Sepoy Ishwar Singh Sandhu

Captain Ishar Singh Sandhu Victoria Cross Order of British India (30 December 1895 – 2 December 1963)[1] was an Indian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth of Nations forces. Born at Nenwan, in Punjab, he was the first Sikh Jat to receive the Victoria Cross.[2]

Victoria Cross

Ishar Singh was 25 years old, and a Sepoy in the 28th Punjabis, Indian Army during the Waziristan campaign 1919–1920 when, on 10 April 1921, near Haidari Kach (Waziristan) he undertook the actions which led to the award of the VC. The citation was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 25 November 1921.


George V of the United Kingdom has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned: —

No. 1012 Sepoy Ishar Singh, 28th Punjab is, Indian Army

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on the 10th April, 1921, near Haidari Kach (Waziristan). When the convoy protection troops were attacked, this Sepoy was No. l of a Lewis Gun- Section. Early in the action he received a very severe gunshot wound in the chest, and fell beside his Lewis gun. Hand-to-hand fighting having commenced, the British officer, 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 pointing out where the wounded were, and in carrying water to them. He made innumerable journeys to the river 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 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.

He later achieved the rank of Captain.

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  1. Ashcroft, pp. 99 and 101.
  2. Ashcroft, p. 99.

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