Service No : SS-39680F

DOB: 06 Sep 1976

Service: Army

Last Rank : Major

Unit : 10 Sikh LI

Arm/Regt : The Sikh Light Infantry

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Award : KC

Date of Martyrdom : 28 Jan 2006

Major James Thomas KC

Maj James Thomas was born on 06 Sep 1976 and hailed from Bikaner in Rajasthan. Son of Shri P T Thomas and Smt Mary Kutty Thomas, Maj James had the inclination to join the Armed Forces since his childhood. He completed his schooling from BBS school and then went on to study in Rajkiya Dungar College Bikaner. He continued to pursue his dreams and eventually got selected to join the Army after completing his education.

 

He was commissioned into 10 Sikh LI of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its fearless soldiers and numerous battle honours. After serving for few years he got married to Ms Nita and the couple had two daughters Charlotte and Sherryl.

 

Poonch Operation: 27/28 Jan 2006

 

During 2005-6, Maj James Thomas’s unit was deployed in J & K area and was engaged in counter-insurgency operation on a frequent basis. His unit’s area of responsibility fell in Poonch district and was prone to infiltration by the militants from across the border. On 27 Jan 2006, the unit received information from the intelligence sources about the infiltration attempt by the militants in its area of responsibility. A decision was taken by the unit to foil the attempt by laying an ambush in the suspected area. Maj James Thomas was tasked to lead the operation to neutralize the threat of infiltration. Maj James reached the suspected area along with his soldiers in the night of 27 Jan 2006 and laid the ambush as planned.

 

On 28 Jan at 0230 hours, Maj James observed a group of terrorists attempting to skirt the ambush and infiltrate towards the right flank. Realizing the impending danger to own troops in the rear, Maj James moved forward to intercept the infiltrating terrorists, lobbed grenades and engaged them in a fierce firefight. In a display of raw courage and determination, Maj James succeeded in killing four terrorists single-handedly. However, during this heavy exchange of fire, Maj James also sustained grave splinter injuries. Meanwhile, Maj James observed two more terrorists closing in from the other flank. Despite being seriously injured, he crawled towards the terrorists to lob grenades and fired at them with his personal weapon. Maj James managed to kill both the terrorists, before succumbing to his injuries. Maj James Thomas was a committed soldier and an officer par excellence who led from the front and laid down his life in the service of the nation following the highest traditions of the Army.

 

Maj James Thomas was given the nation’s second highest peacetime gallantry award, “Kirti Chakra” for his exceptional courage, unyielding fighting spirit, and supreme sacrifice. Maj James Thomas is survived by his mother Smt Mary Kutty and daughters Charlotte and Sherryl.

The Citation for Kirti Chakra awarded to him reads :

 

Major James Thomas, Company Commander, was entrusted the task to prevent infiltration across the line of control. On 27 January 2006, he established an ambush in general area in district Poonch in Jammu & Kashmir. On 28 January at 0230 hours, he observed a group of terrorist attempting to skirt the ambush and infiltrate towards the right flank. Realizing the impending danger to own troops in the rear, he decisively moved forward to intercept the infiltrating terrorists, lobbed grenades and engaged them in a fierce firefight. With great determination, unflinching courage and unmindful of personal danger, he succeeded in killing four terrorists single-handedly. In doing so, he also sustained grave splinter injuries. Meanwhile, he observed two more terrorists closing in from the other flank. He crawled towards the terrorist to lob grenades and fired at them with his personal weapon. With the presence of mind, he succeeded in killing the two terrorists, before succumbing to his injuries.

 

Major James Thomas, displayed conspicuous gallantry, tactical acumen and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army while fighting against the terrorists.

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11 Comments
  • AJISH GEORGE

    2020at11:17 am Reply

    A grt soldier , grt friend and a grt human being.

  • Rajveer Singh

    2020at11:25 pm Reply

    A big salute to the brave soldier

  • Name

    2020at4:36 pm Reply

    After a few years later, Major James Wife also died due to Cancer.
    He is survived by his mother and two daughters. His eldest daughter was just two years old and the youngest was still unborn at the time of his death.

    • Nabeela Shaheel

      2020at7:06 pm

      Which year did Mrs James pass away. She has taught me in my college.

  • H singh

    2020at9:23 pm Reply

    I love 10 Sikhli… ❤❤

    • Tushal Rajpurohit

      2020at10:28 pm

      He is an alumni of BIKANER BOYS’SCHOOL.
      Each and every person who know about him is proud of him, me being the alumni of the same school… I’m proud of him. Salute to braveheart KC Major James Thomas.

  • Mukesh Meena

    2021at5:32 pm Reply

    Great friend of mine salute to the braveheart who sacrificed his life for the nation. Proud of you..

  • Prateek Jha

    2021at12:00 pm Reply

    Im proud to be his friend and a big salute to the braveheart. We were together in BBS school, Bikaner.

  • Neha Pal

    2021at10:33 am Reply

    Very proud of your deeds, action & sacrifice and salute to the great contribution which cannot be expressed in just words for which we shall be ever grateful. You are an true inspiration for us who has enlighten our life with your example giving us a direction of true love for our nation mother India. Very proud of you and your family.

  • Prempal Singh Rathore

    2021at12:05 pm Reply

    Major James Thomas was my Best Friend & my LKG mate.. We Share n uphold Very sweet memories which I will cherish for my entire life. Priye Jammy Janamdin Mubarak ho Mere Dost. You laid your life by making Supreme sacrifice for the nation. Luv you Braveheart. Salute

    Regards Prempal Singh Rathore

  • lakshya chandak

    2021at10:33 pm Reply

    bhai ea likhne bahut aalas aa raha hai grt bhai

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