Ishar Singh

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For the Punjabi poet, see Ishar Singh (poet).
Ishar Singh
Ishar Singh VC.jpg
Born 30 December 1895
Nenwan, Punjab, British India
Died 2 December 1963(1963-12-02) (aged 67)
Nenwan, Punjab, India
Allegiance British Raj Red Ensign.svg British India
Service/branch British Raj Red Ensign.svg Indian Army
Rank Captain
Unit 28th Punjabis
Battles/wars World War I
Waziristan Campaign
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
OBI 1939-1947 2.jpg Order of British India

Sardar Bahadur Captain Ishar Singh VC OBI (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 forces. Born at Nenwan, in Punjab, he was the first Sikh to receive the Victoria Cross.[2]

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Ishar Singh was 25 years old, and a Sepoy in the 28th Punjabis, Indian Army during the Waziristan Campaign, India 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:[3]

He later achieved the rank of Captain,[2] and served in the Second World War.[4] In addition to the Victoria Cross, he was awarded the prestigious Order of British India, First Class, which carried with it the title of "Sardar Bahadur." [4]


  1. ^ Ashcroft, pp. 99 and 101.
  2. ^ a b Ashcroft, p. 99.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32530. p. 9609. 25 November 1921. Retrieved 11 December 2007.
  4. ^ a b

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