Service No : IC-24250
Date of Birth : April 15, 1945
Place of birth : Koil vill (Pak)
Service : Army
Last Rank : Second Lieutenant
Unit : 10 Sikh LI
Arm/Regt : The Sikh Light Infantry
Awards : VrC
Martyrdom : December 15, 1971
Second Lieutenant Bahadur Singh was born on 15th April 1945 in Koil village of Mirpur district in Pakistan. After the partition his family got settled in Ramgarh district of Jammu and Kashmir. Son of Shri Karam Chand, 2nd Lt Bahadur Singh did his schooling from Government High School Ramgarh in J&K. Later, he joined the Army at the age of 24 years on 14th June 1970.
He was Commissioned into 10 Sikh LI of the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, an infantry Regiment known for its brave soldiers and rich history of various battle honours. Very early in his service career, he got involved in the thick of operations as border tension arose with Pakistan in 1971.
Battle of Parbat Ali (Indo-Pak War) : Dec 1971
Though the Indo-Pak war officially commenced on 03 Dec 1971, when the Pakistani Air Force attacked 11 Indian Air Fields, the border skirmishes had started months before that when the refugees from across the border had started pouring in as a result of atrocities committed by the Pakistani forces. Prior to the outbreak of open hostilities 10 Sikh LI battalion had got deployed on the western border and had been engaged in a number of operations during aggressive patrolling that had been undertaken. 2nd Lt Bahadur Singh’s unit, 10 Sikh LI was deployed in Rajasthan under the operational control of 85 Infantry Brigade.
Citation for the Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:-
On the 15th December 1971, a Battalion of the Sikh Light Infantry was ordered to capture the enemy defence position at ‘Parabat Ali’ in the Rajasthan Sector. During the attack, the assaulting troops came under heavy artillery and medium machine gun fire and suffered casualties, Second Lieutenant Bahadur Singh noticed an enemy medium machine gun firing from a bunker on a flank. Realizing the importance of silencing this gun, he with complete disregard for his personal safety led a charge on this post and silenced the gun. In the process, he was hit by a burst of the medium machine gun fire and died soon after reaching the object.
In this action, Second Lieutenant Bahadur Singh displayed courage and leadership of a high order.