Sant Singh

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Brigadier

Sant Singh

MVC Bar
Brig Sant Singh.jpg
Born12 July 1921 [1]
Panjgrain Kalan, Faridkot, Punjab [1]
Died9 December 2015 [2]
Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar [2]
Allegiance India
Service/branchIndian Army
Years of service16 February 1947 - 1973
RankBrigadier
UnitSikh Regiment
Battles/wars
AwardsMaha Vir Chakra

Brig Sant Singh was an officer in the Indian Army. He was one of the six officers of the Indian Army to have been twice decorated with the Maha Vir Chakra, India's second highest war time military decoration. He was one of the Indian officers involved in training the Mukti Bahini, during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.[2]

Early life[edit]

Sant Singh was born on 12 July 1921 in Panjgrain Kalan in Faridkot, Punjab. He studied in Brijendra High School, Faridkot and RSD College, Ferozpur. He has a daughter Satinder Kaur married to Brigadier (Retired) Sarabjeet Randhawa.[2][1]

Military career[edit]

Singh was commissioned into the Sikh Light Infantry on 16 February 1947 on a short-service commission, receiving a regular commission in the Indian Army as a lieutenant on 15 August 1951.[3] He took over as the commander of the Sikh Light Infantry in 1964 and led the regiment to victory in the Battle of OP Hill in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. He remained as the commander of the regiment till 1968. He was promoted to acting brigadier and given command of an infantry brigade on 28 August 1969.[4] He was also instrumental in training the guerrilla forces of the Mukti Bahini and his brigade marched into Dhaka, after catching the Pakistani forces off guard, and thereby forcing the enemy to surrender.

On 10 March 1972, Singh was given command of an infantry brigade.[5] He retired on 12 July 1973 after 26 years of service.[6][7]

Dates of rank[edit]

Insignia Rank Component Date of rank
British Army OF-1a.svg Second Lieutenant British Indian Army 16 February 1947[3]
British Army OF-1a.svg Second Lieutenant Indian Army 15 August 1947[note 1][8]
British Army OF-1b.svg Lieutenant Indian Army 16 August 1948[3]
Lieutenant of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant Indian Army 26 January 1950 (short-service commission, recommissioning and change in insignia)[8][9]
15 August 1951 (regular commission)[3]
Captain of the Indian Army.svg Captain Indian Army
Major of the Indian Army.svg Major Indian Army 16 February 1960[10]
Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army.svg Lieutenant-Colonel Indian Army 2 February 1966[11]
Colonel of the Indian Army.svg Colonel Indian Army 17 December 1970[12]
Brigadier of the Indian Army.svg Brigadier Indian Army 28 August 1969 (acting)[4]
22 May 1972 (substantive)[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Upon independence in 1947, India became a Dominion within the British Commonwealth of Nations. As a result, the rank insignia of the British Army, incorporating the Tudor Crown and four-pointed Bath Star ("pip"), was retained, as George VI remained Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces. After 26 January 1950, when India became a republic, the President of India became Commander-in-Chief, and the Ashoka Lion replaced the crown, with a five-pointed star being substituted for the "pip."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mahavir Chakra Awardees". Indian Army. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "War hero Brig Sant Singh, MVC and Bar recipient, dies at 95". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 29 September 1951. p. 183.
  4. ^ a b "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 8 November 1969. p. 1095.
  5. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 14 October 1972. p. 1508.
  6. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 10 November 1973. p. 1283.
  7. ^ "Brig Sant Singh's remains cremated with service honours". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ a b "New Designs of Crests and Badges in the Services" (PDF). Press Information Bureau of India - Archive. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 August 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 11 February 1950. p. 227.
  10. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 30 April 1960. p. 100.
  11. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 30 March 1968. p. 261.
  12. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 19 May 1973. p. 579.
  13. ^ "Part I-Section 4: Ministry of Defence (Army Branch)". The Gazette of India. 10 November 1973. p. 1281.