Khan Bahadur

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Khan Bahadur Medal
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Awarded by Viceroy & Governor-General of India on behalf of the British Indian Government
TypeCivil decoration
EligibilityMuslim Commonwealth member
Awarded forPublic service
StatusDiscontinued since 1947
Last awarded1947
EquivalentRai Bahadur (for Hindus)
Next (lower)Khan Sahib

Khan Bahadur, (Urdu: خان بہادُر‎, Hindi: खान;- a compound of khan (leader) and Bahadur (Brave) - was a formal title of respect and honour, which was conferred exclusively on Muslim subjects of the British Indian Empire. It was a title one degree higher than the title of Khan Sahib.


The title was conferred along with a medal and a citation (or sanad) and the recipient was entitled to prefix the title to his name. The title was conferred on behalf of the British Indian Government by the Viceroy and Governor-General of India.[citation needed]

The title "Khan Bahadur" was originally conferred by the Mughal Empire on Muslim subjects in recognition of public services rendered and was adopted by the British Indian Empire for the same purpose. Hindu subjects of the British Indian Empire were conferred the title of "Rai Bahadur".


The chronological list of recipients below is not exhaustive

  • 31 December 1895 Sardar Mir Muhammad Hassan Gichki of Sami. (Makran Balochistan)
  • 1899, Khan Bahadur Ghulam Haider Khan (Chief of Sherwani Tribe).
  • 4th April 1903, Khan Bahadur Cayan Uddin Ahmet (Chief Secretary of Bengal Presidency).
  • 1912, Khan Bahadur, Nadir Husain, District Superintendent of Police, Bengal. The title of Khan Bahadur was conferred on him in recognition of his services in the Police Department in June, 1912.[1]
  • 1914, Khan Bahadur Muhammad Hira Khan, (Civil Engineer from University of Roorkee(Gold Medalist); Supervisor, Public Works Department, Lucknow, United Provinces. Title conferred in January, 1914.


  • 1918, Khan Bahadur Abdullah Al-Abdulelah Al-Qenaei. Had the title of Khan Sahib in 1914 Kuwait.
  • 1918, Khan Bahadur Shah Jehan Khan, Nawab Of Dir.
  • 1918, Maulvi Abul Fazl Ahmad, Titabar, Jorhat, Assam
  • 1919, Khan Bahadur Taj Muhammad Khan, Marghuz Village, Mardan Tehsil.
  • 1919, Khan Bahadur Alam Khan Sherwani.
  • Sultan Abdul rahman Ali Raja, House of Arakkal.
  • 1920, Rana Talia Muhammad Khan for meritorious services.
  • 1921, Khan Bahadur Qutub Uddin, Rohila Empire [Rohilkhand]
  • 1922, Sardar Nawab Khan Luni Sardar of Luni Tribe, For meritorious services in Balochistan .(Luni,Balochistan)
  • January,1925 Khan Sahib Sayad Nazir Husain,M.B.E., Civil Surgeon,Punjab.
  • 1925, Muhammad Salim 'Ali Adviser on Arab affairs in Aden.
  • 2 January 1925 (Ali Ibrahim Lokman ) from Aden Colony, awarded the title 'Bahadur Khan' Advisor on Arab Affairs Translation and Administration Services
  • 1925, Khan Bahadur Aga Syed Hussain, then Governor of Kashmir,later the First Muslim Minister to Maharaja Hari Singh in the Dogra Rule,awarded for his meritorious services.
  • 1928, Alhaj Ghulam Muhammad Khan son of Khan Naurang Khan, an elder of Spin Gund faction of Lakki Marwat was awarded this title for streamlining cordial relationship between the British and hostile Spin Gund tribe of Lakki Marwat. The Deputy Commissioner/Collector of District Bannu/Edwardabad at that time Major A.E.D. Parton had to send his medal and Sanad through a messenger as he declined to attend the public awarding ceremony at Deputy Commissioner's Office in Bannu.
  • 1928, Khan Bahadur Shah Hayat Ahmad, Sajjadah Nasheen Dargah Rudauli Sharif, Khanqah Shaikh Ahmad Abdul Haq, on February 4, 1928.
  • 1929 Khan Bahadur P. Kalifulla Sahib Dewan of Pudukkottai State ,co- founder of justice party
  • 1929, Khan Bahadur Maj.Gen. Fateh Naseeb Khan (Commander-in-chief of Alwar State Forces), was awarded the title of Khan Bahadur on 17 January 1929 [3]
  • 1931, Khan Bahadur, Khan Sahib Chaudhri Khair-Ud-Din. Borstal Institution, Lahore Punjab.For services to the Crown and construction of Montgomery(Sahiwal)canal in Punjab.
  • 1933, Khan Bahadur Justice Syed Ziaul Hasan, Chief Justice at Chief Court of Awadh, Lucknow. He belongs to a Zamindar Family of Moradabad and was the district & session judge when the title of Khan Bahadur was confer upon him as a personal distinction by then Viceroy Lord Willington.
  • 1934, Khan Bahadur Saiyid Abdul Hasan, District Settlement Officer and later President of the Court of Wards in the United Provinces. He belonged to a taluqdari (madad-i ma'ash) family of Faizabad in the United Provinces.
  • 1936, Khan Bahadur Muhammad Sher Khan, Marghuz Village, Mardan Tehsil.
  • 1937, - Khan Bahadur Qazi Naseer Uddin Haider (Rohilkhand - Bareilly - United Province)
  • 1940, - Khan Bahadur Syed Muhammad Ameer Naqvi (Patna -bihar-Hazaribagh- Jharkhand).-
  • 1943, Rao Qurban Ali khan, Hen Bane Nursery, (established in 1912 ) saharanpur
  • 1944, Khan Bahadur Munshi Abdul Karim Khan, Deputy Superintendent of police, city Bareilly.
  • 1945, Maulvi Mahammad Roufique, Chairman, Nowgaon local board.
  • 1948, Lt Colonel Khan Bahadur Muhammad Hassan Khan(Late), 1st Muslim Army Officer who was appointed by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah as 1st Director General Survey of Pakistan belongs to village Domeli (now RasulPur Jali) near Jhelum. He served in the British Royal Army as well as in Pakistan Army in the Magnificent 4th Bn of Engineer Regiment, One of the most courageous and generous officers who fought in World War I & II. Because of him Pakistan occupied 3871 Square Km more during partition through the Red Cliff award. He passed away on 21 Dec 1948. Father of Lieutenant Colonel Qurban Hassan Khan(Late) 18 PMA Long Course, Chief Instructor ISI, later Advisor to the Prime Minister UAE. His Grand son Lt Colonel Faisal Hassan Khan is third generation officer serving in the Army.
  • 1940, Khan Bahadur,Khan Sahib Yar Muhammed Khan Barrech,son of Wali Muhammed Barrech was an afghan orphan who migrated from shorawak (a small village of Afghanistan) during the second Afghan war. he knew nothing but Pashto when he came to Quetta but within the years that passed he traveled the whole world, gained enormous wealth (possibly the might have been the richest merchant in Quetta of his time) and also did he become a polyglot (a person who can speak 5 languages including English). The Viceroy of India sir Archibald Wavell who considered him his friend even after his term wrote him letters and even gave him the Title of khan sahib, later on after the 1935 earthquake that struck Quetta did he earn the title of khan Bahadur due to his enormous help. a street in Quetta is named after him. He died on 14 August 1968.

Alhaj Khan Bahadur Syed Mohammad Abbas Zaidi,IAS from Jalali, Aligarh was awarded for his meritorious services during pre partition days. Khan Bahadur Syed Mohammad Zaki Rizvi of Sitapur who was Inspector of schools was awarded for his meritorious services.

Sardar Syed Mehr Shah Gharshin was also awarded with the title

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Second Supplement to Who's Who in India. Lucknow Newul Kishore Press. 1914
  2. ^ Second Supplement of Who's Who in India brought up to 1914; and A contribution by Library of University of California ; and Honor Roll at University of Roorkee, India
  3. ^ Various (15 March 2007). Alwar State List of Leading Officials, Nobles and Personages. Potter Press. p. 4. ISBN 1-4067-3137-4.

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