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 Chhelu Ram

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Chhelu Ram

Birth
India
Death 20 Apr 1943 (aged 37)
Tunisia
Burial Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia
Plot H. C. 5.
Memorial ID 8170693 View Source
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World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in the village of Djebel, Punjab, India, he served as Company Havildar Major in the 6th Rajputana Rifles, Indian Army. During an attack on Djebel Garli, Tunisia, on the night of April 20, 1943, Company Havildar Major Ram's battalion were held up by intense mortar and machine gun fire. On his own, he rushed forward with a Tommy gun and killed the occupants of an enemy strong point. Although in an exposed position, he then went to the aid of his commander who had been a wounded and was wounded himself. Despite this, Company Havildar Major Ram took command of the company and led them in hand to hand fighting, to stop the enemy's counter attack. He was wounded again but continued to rally his men until he collapsed and died. For most prestigious award for gallantry, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on July 27, 1943.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 9 Dec 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8170693
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/8170693/chhelu-ram : accessed ), memorial page for Chhelu Ram (10 May 1905–20 Apr 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 8170693, citing Sfax War Cemetery, Sfax, Sfax, Tunisia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .