Sikhs In The Army


Victory Medal 1914 - 1919






Awarded the IDSM for his gallantry in France during the Great War, (219 / 1917),  medal presented by the King on 17th February 1917.


He is shown on the roll of the 38th who were awarded 29 IDSM’s during World War One, 23 for this theatre of war.


He was killed in action on 1st December 1917, the regimental history states, “The gallant Ram Singh had been killed by a direct hit from a shell, four Sowars were also killed & several wounded.”


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows he is commemorated in the Ayette Indian & Chinese Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. His next of kin are listed as Lachman Singh of Jauns, Ajnala, Amritsar, Punjab, India.


They further record the names of 27 casualties to this regiment including two European & two Indian officers.


This officer is mentioned on five occasions in the regimental histories. Under the heading of “A Gallant Rivalry”, he is mentioned …. “Jemadar Ram Singh, too, steady like all good Sikhs, would gird up his lions for a dangerous patrol & carry it through with grim determination, another mention relates to an action at Epehy on 1st December 1917.

Ram Singh CIH

Jemedar Ram Singh CIH

Punjab and the War 1