Sikhs In The Army

Medal copy

Medal to the left is a India General Service Medal 1936-39

 

Awarded to Sepoy Maghar Singh, 1/11 Sikh Reiment.

He was awarded the Indian Distingguished Service Medal but Downgraded to Military Medal for bravery. During WW2 , for the Burma Campaign 18 Feb 1945.

Please read his Citation, What do you think?

35 gerandes thrown at him!!!!!

Maghar Singh Citation 1 copy Maghar Singh Citation 2

Taken from 1/11 Sikhs Regiment History:

 

Throughout the next night "D" Company, under Major Dykes, holding a position some two miles east of the Battalion, was heavily attacked, while subsidiary attacks were launched against the Battalion. "D" Company was greatly outnumbered and had to fight hard all night to hold its position, but the enemy was eventually beaten back with considerable losses along the whole front. Lance-Naik Maghar Singh was responsible for holding an important post in "D" Company's position, and there is no doubt that it was chiefly due to his great courage and determination that the enemy were prevented from infiltrating at a vital point in the perimeter. He was bombarded with grenades throughout the action and was severely wounded on three separate occasions. However, he refused to leave his machine gun and threw the enemy back time after time until they finally withdrew. After this there was little enemy activity and the Battalion spent two quiet days. On the 23rd of February the Japanese put in another determined attack during the night and were again repulsed with further losses. During this action Lance-Naik Dalwara Singh displayed outstanding gallantry, when his section had suffered heavy casualties and his Bren gun was put out of action. Seeing that his position was in danger of being overrun, Lance-Naik Dalwara Singh jumped out of his trench and ran over to the Bren gun under heavy enemy mortar and automatic fire and brought the gun into action. He was almost immediately wounded, but he continued to fire his gun and hold the enemy in check. The Japanese redoubled their efforts to rush his post and Dalwara Singh was wounded again in the left arm. Despite his second wound, he kept the gun in action until the enemy were finally driven off. The great courage of Lance-Naik Dalwara Singh alone prevented his section position from being overrun and materially assisted in the defeat of the enemy. The Japanese had suffered so much during these battles that they now abandoned their attempts to reinforce the troops opposing the crossing farther north and withdrew.