Badlu Singh (November 1876-23rd September 1918)

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Badlu Singh

Badlu Singh was a Hindu Jat born in Dhakla Village, Punjab, India.

He was a Rissaldar in the 14th Murray's Jat Lancers, attached to the 29th Lancers (Deccan Horse)

The 29th Lancers were sent to France, part of the 8th (Lucknow) Cavalry Brigade of the 1st Indian Cavalry Division. They served, at times, in the trenches as infantry before being withdrawn to fight in Palestine.

It was here that Badlu Singh met his death, in an act of supreme courage for which he was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

"Risaldar Badlu Singh was attached to 29th Lancers when "on the morning of the 23rd September 1918, his squadron charged a strong enemy position on the west bank of the river Jordan, between the river and Kh. es Samariyeh village.

On nearing the position, Risaldar Badlu Singh realised that the squadron was suffering casualties from a small hill on the left front occupied by machine guns and 200 infantry.

Without the slightest hesitation he collected six other ranks and with the greatest dash and total disregard for danger, charged and captured the position, thereby saving very heavy casualties to the squadron.

He was mortally wounded on the very top of the hill when capturing one of the machine guns single handed, but all the machine guns and infantry had surrendered to him before he died.

His valour and initiative were of the highest order."

London Gazette of 27th November, 1918

He was cremated where he fell but his name is inscribed on the Heliopolis (Port Tewfik) Memorial in Egypt.

The memorial commemorates 4,000 men who served and died with the Indian Army during the First World War in Egypt and Palestine, and who have no known grave.

Heliopolis Memorial

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