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Capt Umrao Singh

Capt Umrao Singh

Birth
Haryana, India
Death 21 Nov 2005 (aged 85)
New Delhi, Delhi Capital Territory, India
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 12500685 · View Source
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World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Paka, India, he served as Havildar (Sergeant) in the 33 Mountain Battery, part of Viscount Slim's 14th Army, British Indian Army. On December 15-16, 1944, in the forested Arakan region Burma, Havildar Umrao Singh's position was attacked by two Japanese companies. Twice wounded by grenades during the first assault, he fought off the enemy with a machine gun while directing his surviving crew members' rifle fire. Another assault followed, resulting with dwindling reserves of small-arms ammunition exhausted and all his comrades either dead or badly wounded. On the third attack, he met the Japanese onslaught head on in hand to hand combat beating them back repeatedly. He then managed to save his gun and pressed it into action, delaying the Japanese advance, which forced them to retreat. For most prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross presented by King George VI at Buckingham Palace on October 15, 1945. After recovering from his injuries he was promoted to Subadar Sergeant Major and retired from the British Indian army in 1946. when India became independent in 1947, he joined his country's Royal Indian Artillery, was made an honory Captain and retired in 1970. He died of cancer at age 85 in New Delhi, India.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 25 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12500685
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Umrao Singh (11 Jul 1920–21 Nov 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12500685, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered.