14 September 2008

Victoria Cross: Khudadad Khan


Sepoy, 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis, Indian Army

Born: 26 October 1888, Dabb, Chakwal, Jhelum District, the Punjab, India
Died: 8 March 1971, Rukhan Tehsil, Pakistan

Citation: On 31st October, 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium, the British Officer in charge of the detachment having been wounded, and the other gun put out of action by a shell, Sepoy Khudadad, though himself wounded, remained working his gun until all the other five men of the gun detachment had been killed.

(London Gazette Issue 28999 dated 7 Dec 1914, published 4 Dec 1914.)

Note: Khudadad Khan was the first Indian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Sepoy was the lowest enlisted rank in the British Indian army and its successors, equivalent to private.

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