Yeshwant Ghadge

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Yeshwant Ghadge
Yeshwant Ghadge VC.jpg
Born 16 November 1921
Died 10 July 1944(1944-07-10) (aged 22)
Allegiance British India
Service/branch British Indian Army
Rank Naik
Unit 5th Mahratta Light Infantry

World War II

Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Yeshwant Ghadge VC (16 November 1921 – 10 July 1944) 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 forces.


He was 22 years old, and a naik in the 5th Mahratta Light Infantry, in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 10 July 1944 in the Upper Tiber Valley, Italy, a rifle section commanded by Naik Yeshwant Ghadge came under heavy machine-gun fire at close range which killed or wounded all members of the section except the commander. Without hesitation Naik Yeshwant Ghadge rushed the machine-gun position, first throwing a grenade which knocked out the machine-gun and firer and then he shot one of the gun crew. Finally, having no time to change his magazine, he clubbed to death the two remaining members of the crew. He fell mortally wounded, shot by an enemy sniper.[1]

With no known grave, Ghadge is remembered at the Cassino Memorial.[2]


  1. ^ "Yeshwant Ghadge". Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Yeshwant Ghadge (1921-1944)". Retrieved 27 August 2011.