Sadul Singh of Bikaner

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Lieutenant-General Sir Sadul Singh (7 September 1902-25 September 1950) was the last reigning Maharaja of Bikaner from 2 February 1943 to 30 March 1949, continuing as Head of the House of Bikaner and holding the title of Maharaja of Bikaner until his death. The eldest surviving son of General Sir Ganga Singh, Sir Sadul Singh had, for the thirty years leading up to his succession, been serving in many important posts for his father. He had been a Page of Honour at the coronation of King George V and had attended him at the durbar in Delhi. In 1919, Sir Sadul was present at the Paris Peace Conference and attended the 1924 meeting of the League of Nations. He served as Chief Minister of Bikaner from 1920 to 1925 and fought in the Second World War in Persia, the Middle East and Burma. As the time for Indian independence drew near, Sir Sadul was among the first princes to accede to the Dominion of India, which he did on 7 August 1947. On 30 March 1949, Sir Sadul merged Bikaner into the United State of Greater Rajasthan, and died in London a year later, aged 48. His eldest son, Maharaja Dr. Karni Singh became the head of Bikaner throne, holding the title in pretense.

Titles[edit]

  • 1902-1918: Yuvaraja Sri Sadul Singh Bahadur
  • 1918-1921: Lieutenant Yuvaraja Sri Sadul Singh Bahadur
  • 1921-1922: Captain Yuvaraja Sri Sadul Singh Bahadur
  • 1922-1943: Captain Yuvaraja Sri Sadul Singh Bahadur, CVO
  • 1943-1945: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Sri Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Narendra Maharaja Shiromani Sadul Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Bikaner, CVO
  • 1945-1946: Major-General His Highness Sri Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Narendra Maharaja Shiromani Sadul Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Bikaner, CVO
  • 1946-1947: Lieutenant-General His Highness Sri Sir Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Narendra Maharaja Shiromani Sadul Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Bikaner, GCIE, CVO
  • 1947-1950: Lieutenant-General His Highness Sri Sir Raj Rajeshwar Maharajadhiraj Narendra Maharaja Shiromani Sadul Singh Bahadur, Maharaja of Bikaner, GCSI, GCIE, CVO

Honours[edit]

(ribbon bar, as it would look today; incomplete)


Ord.Stella.India.jpg Order of the Indian Empire ribbon.png

Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png India Service Medal BAR.svg 39-45 Star BAR.svg Burma Star BAR.svg

War Medal 39-45 BAR.svg GeorgeVSilverJubileum-ribbon.png GeorgeVICoronationRibbon.png Indian Independence Medal 1947.png




Political Office[edit]

Sadul Singh of Bikaner
Born: 7 September 1902 Died: 25 September 1950
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ganga Singh
Maharaja of Bikaner
1943-1949
Succeeded by
Monarchy abolished
(Merge within the Republic of India)
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
None
— TITULAR —
Maharaja of Bikaner
1949-50
Succeeded by
Karni Singh

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