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Jemadar PARKASH SINGH

Service Number: 49170/IO
Regiment & Unit/Ship

13th Frontier Force Rifles

14th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 17 February 1945

Age 32 years old

Buried or commemorated at

RANGOON MEMORIAL

Face 43.

Myanmar

  • Country of Service Indian
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of Udham Singh; husband of Giano, of Kanachak, Kathua, Kashmir.
  • Additional Citation note

    The London Gazette of 27th April, 1945. gives the following particulars in the citation: At Kanlan Ywathit, in Burma, on the night of 16th/17th February, 1945, Jemadar Parkash Singh was in command of a platoon of a rifle company occupying a company defended locality. An hour before midnight the Japanese launched a series of fierce attacks, the main weight of which was directed against Jemadar Parkash Singh's platoon. Within the first half hour, he was severely wounded and was unable to walk. His company commander ordered him to be relieved, but a short time afterwards his relief was wounded, and he crawled forward and again took command of his platoon sector. In turn he fired the platoon's 2-inch mortar, the crew of which had been killed, and the machine-gun belonging to a section all of whom were casualties. At this stage he was once more badly wounded in both legs, but continued to drag himself about by his hands. He re-grouped the remnants of his platoon around him so that they successfully held up a fierce Japanese charge. Nearly three hours after the Japanese attacks began, Jemadar Parkash Singh was wounded for the third time in the right leg, but though so weak from loss of blood that he could not move and was obviously dying, he continued to direct and encourage his men, and so inspired the company that the enemy were finally driven out from the position.

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