Company Havildar MajorCHHELU RAM

Service Number 8638

Died 20/04/1943

Aged 38

4th Bn.
6th Rajputana Rifles

V C

Son of Ji Ram and Kesar, of Dhenod, Bhiwani, Hissar, India; husband of Shrimati Maha Dei, of Dhenod.

Citation

The citation in the London Gazette of 27th July, 1943, gives the following details

During the attack by the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade on the Djebel Garci in Tunisia, on the night of 19th/20th April, 1943, Company Havildar Major Chhelu Ram was with one of the two leading companies, which while approaching the battalion's second objective were held up by a machine-gun post situated on high ground. C.H.M. Chhelu Ram dashed forward with a tommy-gun through heavy fire and single-handed silenced the post, thus enabling the advance to continue. As the leading companies were approaching their third objective the company commander was mortally wounded. C.H.M. Chhelu Ram went to his assistance in a completely exposed position, and was himself seriously wounded. Nevertheless, taking command of his own company and elements of the other, he quickly reorganised them, and so inspired them with his fine example that they successfully repelled a counter-attack. During the fighting he was again wounded, but refused to be carried back, and continued to command his men until he lost consciousness; he died a few minutes later. His magnificent action, leadership and utter contempt for danger were an inspiration to his men and were the chief contribution to the holding of vital ground.

Buried at SFAX WAR CEMETERY

Location: Tunisia
Number of casualties: 1204

Cemetery/memorial reference: H. C. 5.

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.
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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.