01 May 2011

George Cross: M. A. Ansari


Acting Captain, 5th Battalion, 7th Rajput Regiment

Born: 1915
Died: 29 October 1943, Hong Kong

Citation: The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the posthumous award of the GEORGE CROSS, in recognition of most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner, to the undermentioned --
Captain (acting) Mateen Ahmed Ansari, 7th Rajput Regiment, Indian Army.

[London Gazette issue 37536 dated 18 Apr 1946, published 16 Apr 1946.]

Note: Captain Ansari was taken prisoner by the Japanese after the fall of Hong Kong. A relative of the ruler of the Princely States, he was tortured by the Japanese in an attempt to get him to renounce allegiance to Britain. When this failed, he was sentenced to death, along with over thirty others, and beheaded.

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