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Ali Haidar
Birth: Aug. 21, 1913, India
Death: Jul. 15, 1999
Shahu Khel
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

World War II British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Sepoy-Sergeant in the 13th Frontier Force Rifles, India Army and was the only Pathan to receive the Victoria Cross in the World War II. On April 9, 1945, his company was ordered to assault enemy positions on the far bank of the River Senio, Fusignano, Italy. As the platoon started to cross, it came under heavy machine gun fire from two enemy posts and Haidar's section suffered casualties and only 3 men, including himself, managed to get across. On his own initiative, Haidar charged the nearest post, threw a grenade wounding himself with the enemy post being destroyed and four of the enemy surrendered. He continued charging the next post, was again wounded, threw a grenade killing two with the remaining two surrendered leading to the success of the river crossing. For extreme heroism, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal in July 1945. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Village Shahu Khel
Shahu Khel
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 
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Record added: Oct 18, 2003
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Ali Haidar
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