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Sardar Bahadur Ishar Singh VC, OBI (30 December 1895 – 2 December 1963)[1] was a soldier in the British Indian Army and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Born in Nainwa, he was the first Sikh to receive the Victoria Cross.[2]

Ishar Singh
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Captain Ishar Singh
Born(1895-12-30)30 December 1895
Nainwa, Bundi State
Died2 December 1963(1963-12-02) (aged 67)
Nainwa, Bundi district, Rajasthan
AllegianceBritish India
Service/branchIndian Army
Unit28th Punjabis
Battles/warsFirst World War
Waziristan Campaign
Second World War
AwardsVictoria Cross
Order of British India

Victoria CrossEdit

Ishar Singh was 25 years old, and a sepoy in the 28th Punjabis, Indian Army during the Waziristan Campaign when, on 10 April 1921, near Haidari Kach he undertook the actions which led his senior officer, Captain Bernard Oddie, to recommend him for the award of a 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]

His medal is held in the collection of Lord Ashcroft [5]



  1. ^ Ashcroft, pp. 99 and 101.
  2. ^ a b Ashcroft, p. 99.
  3. ^ "No. 32530". The London Gazette (Supplement). 25 November 1921. p. 9609.
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