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Sikh Regiment: past and present

The Sikh regiment shines bright with all the medals on their chest and courage in their hearts. Ever since it is made, the valour of these soldier have been a example seter of bravery not only in Indian Army but also in British Indian Army.

The Sikh regiment is the highest decorated regiment among all regiments of the Indian Army.

The first battalion of the regiment was officially raised just before the partial annexation of the Sikh Empire on 1 August 1846, by the British East India Company.

As part of the British Indian Army, Sikh regiments fought in numerous wars all over the world, such as the Second Opium War in China, the Second Anglo-Afghan War, many campaigns on the North-West Frontier, the Western Front, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia campaigns of the First World War, the Third Anglo-Afghan War, and the North African, Italian and Burma campaigns of the Second World War, earning many gallantry awards and battle honours in the process.

The Regiment has the honour of having one of its battalions being the first to arrive by air to Srinagar after Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession. The Battalion reached there on October 27 1947 earning the sobriquet of ‘Saviours of Valley’

Sikh regiment is a “single class” regiment. The Soldiers are trained at the Sikh Regimental Centre, currently located in Ramgarh Cantonment, Jharkhand. The war cry of the regiment, taken from Sikh scriptures, is Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal.

The regiment was the first Battalion to be Awarded a Battle Honour post Independence (Srinagar) and was the only Param Vir Chakra to be awarded in the eastern sector during Sino Indian Conflict of 1962. The Sikh Regiment was the first unit to have been bestowed with the Honour of The “Bravest of The Brave” by the Chief of Army Staff on 15 January 1997.

The Sikh regiment has been credited with 1652 gallantry awards and honours including:

2 Param Vir Chakras

8 Maha Vir Chakras

64 Vir Chakras

4 Ashoka Chakras

14 Victoria Crosses

21 Indian Order of Merits

In addition it has also earned:

75 battle honours

38 theatre honours besides five COAS Unit Citations

21 soldiers of the 36th Sikhs were posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit for their actions in the Battle of Saragarhi in 1897:

Hav. Ishar Singh

Nk. Lal Singh

L/Nk. Chanda Singh

Sep. Sundar Singh

Sep. Ram Singh

Sep. Uttar Singh

Sep. Sahib Singh

Sep. Hira Singh

Sep. Daya Singh

Sep. Jivan Singh

Sep. Bhola Singh

Sep. Narayan Singh

Sep. Gurmukh Singh

Sep. Jivan Singh

Sep. Gurmukh Singh

Sep. Ram Singh

Sep. Bhagwan Singh

Sep. Bhagwan Singh

Sep. Buta Singh

Sep. Jivan Singh

Sep. Nand Singh

Victoria Cross

Nk. Gian Singh, 11th Sikh Regiment 

Nk. Nand Singh, 11th Sikh Regiment

Param Vir Chakra

Lance Naik Karam Singh, 1 Sikh Regiment

Subedar Joginder Singh, 1 Sikh Regiment

Ashok Chakra

Subedar Surinder Singh

Havildar Bachittar Singh

Havildar Joginder Singh

Maha Vir Chakra

Major Ajit Singh

Sub. Ajit Singh

Sep. Amar Singh

Brigadier Joginder Singh Bakshi

Major Amarjit Singh Bal

Lieutenant Colonel Inderbal Singh Bawa

Sub. Nand Singh

Lieutenant Colonel Dewan Ranjit Rai

Shanghara Singh

Vir Chakra

Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh

Subedar Nirmal Singh (Posthumously)

Subedar Karnail Singh (Posthumously)

Sepoy Satpal Singh

2nd Lieutenant R S Nagar (16 Sikh Regiment)

L/Nk Mohinder Singh (16 Sikh Regt)

Padma Vibhushan

Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh

Padma Bhushan

Lieutenant General Harbaksh Singh

Padma Shri, Subedar Kaur Singh (10 Sikh) Boxing

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