Remembering Captain Ishar Singh, the first Sikh soldier to win a Victoria Cross

Melbourne-based descendants of Captain Ishar Singh still remember him for his bravery in the battle of Waziristan (Pakis...

On a day when Sikh soldiers from the Battle of Saragarhi are commemorated for their bravery, Melbourne-based descendants of Captain Ishar Singh remember him as the first Sikh soldier to win a Victoria Cross- the highest battle honour in the British Empire.

Trying to keep his great grandfather's memories alive, Gurdarshan Singh took his daughter to the Anzac Day dawn service in Melbourne earlier this year.

“I told my daughter that it is important that we remember the stories of valour and pride that our forefathers shared with us,” said Mr Singh.

“We’re from the family of the legend named Ishar Singh who was the first Sikh soldier to receive prestigious Victoria Cross...

...Ishar Singh later attained the rank of captain and also served in the Second World War. 

In addition to the Victoria Cross, he was awarded the prestigious Order of British India, First Class, which carried with it the title of 'Sardar Bahadur'.

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