Service No: 3349770

Service: Army

Birth Place : Dist-Jallandhar(Punjab)

Last Rank : Sepoy

Unit: 4 Sikh

Arm/Regt: The Sikh Regiment

Award : MVC

Date of Martyrdom : 26 Oct 1962

Sepoy Kewal Singh MVC

Sepoy Kewal Singh was born in the year of 1943, to Sri Sohan Singh and Smt Kartar Kaur in Kotli Than Singh village of Jallandhar district in Punjab. Sep Kewal Singh joined the Army at the age of 18 years on 20th October 1961. He was recruited into 4 Sikh of the famed Sikh Regiment, a regiment known for its valiant soldiers and numerous battle honours.

 

By the time Sep Kewal Singh completed his initial training , the war clouds were on the horizon on the eastern border. His unit, 4 Sikh got deployed in the North-East Frontier Agency(NEFA), the present day Arunachal Pradesh to defend the Indian posts on the border. On 20 Oct 1962, Chinese People’s Liberation Army launched attacks on two fronts of India, one in Thag La in NEFA and the other in Chushukl sector of Ladakh.  In the eastern theater, the Chinese overwhelmed the Indian troops in a series of flanking manoeuvres south of the McMahon Line and prompted their withdrawal from Namka Chu. With in few days the Chinese forces captured all of the territory that was under dispute at the time of the Thag La confrontation and continued to advance into the rest of NEFA.

 

Battle of Walong(Indo-China War) : 26 Oct 1962

 

During the Indo-China war, Sep Kewal Singh’s unit, 4 Sikh was deployed to defend the Indian positions at Walong. On 22 Oct 1962, the Chinese forces attacked the Walong garrison, an Army cantonment located in present day Anjaw district of Arunachal Pradesh. Some 400 Chinese troops attacked the Indian positions but the initial Chinese assault was halted by accurate Indian mortar fire. The Chinese were then reinforced and launched a second assault. The Indians managed to hold them back for four hours, but the Chinese used weight of numbers to break through. Most Indian forces were withdrawn to established positions in Walong, while a company supported by mortars and medium machine guns remained to cover the retreat.

 

Over the following days, there were clashes between Indian and Chinese patrols at Walong as the Chinese rushed in reinforcements. On the night of 26/27 Oct 1962, Sepoy Kewal Singh’s company was holding a defensive position on the forward  defended localities of the Walong  garrison. This position was threatened by enemy forces, as some of them had managed to get dangerously  close to the defences. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sep Kewal Singh in a rare display of courage, rushed out of his section post and charged the enemy soldiers with his bayonet. He killed few enemy soldiers in hand to hand fighting, but got seriously injured in the process. However, in total disregard to his injuries, Sep Kewal Singh bayoneted yet another soldier before collapsing. Sep Kewal Singh’s gallantry and dare devil action motivated his comrades to repulse the enemy attack. Sep Kewal Singh later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred.

 

Sep Kewal Singh was given the nation’s second highest gallantry award, “Maha Vir Chakra” for his outstanding bravery, unyielding fighting spirit and supreme sacrifice.

The citation for the Maha Vir Chakra awarded to him reads:

 

On the night of 26/27 October 1962, a Company of the Sikh Regiment was holding a defensive position on the forward  defended localities of the Walong  garrison in N.E.F.A. This position was threatened by enemy forces. Some of them had managed to get dangerously close to our defences. Sepoy  Kewal Singh, on his own initiative rushed out of his section post and charged the enemy with his bayonet, killing a few in hand to hand fighting. In this encounter he was seriously wounded. Despite his grievous injuries he bayoneted yet another of the enemy before he succumbed to his injuries. By this act of valour  and  self-sacrifice. Sepoy Kewal Singh helped his comrades to repulse the enemy.

  • The Housing project of Kewal Vihar in Jallandhar has been named after Sepoy Kewal Singh MVC, in his honour.

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5 Tributes
  • Amarjit Singh padda - Amritsar,Punjab

    2018 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I feel proud,and was lucky to see the occasion and here the story of Sepoy Kewal singh s bravery was narrated at holy Sunday Diwan of Gurdwara Sikhregimental Center,by Then Stage Secy Jem Hamir Singh his parents from his village had come to get his belongings.
    Lal Bahadur Shashtri then Home Minister always min his speech praisesd his brAvery I was in 8th class Sikhregimental Center , Meerut Cantt

  • Amarjit Singh padda - Amritsar,Punjab

    2018 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I salute parents of Saheed Kewal Singh who sacrificed for mother land
    Bharat is proud of his bravery and also Sikhregiment proud of him

  • sharanveer Kaur - Jalandhar,Punjab

    2018 at 1:10 pm Reply

    hello, my nana ji is late shaheed kewal singh! he was a brave fighter. My nani ji told me stories about her martial relationship towards my nana ji. He was a quiet, sensitive, and humble grandfather. I have a channel on instagram, facebook, youtube called coreofkaur. I want to share my Nana Ji’s story and legacy!

  • Amarjit Singh padda

    2018 at 8:37 pm Reply

    Beta satsriakal I am happy to see you interested to back your Nana ji, it is very important to see and collect where I find it

  • Jasbir Singh Mahal (Canada)

    2018 at 11:14 am Reply

    While visiting Indian consulate in Vancouver, Canada on 10 Dec 2018, for attestation of my power of attorney, a senior lady came to me and asked to fill in the application to obtain her life certificate which I believe is required to claim pension from Indian govt. I started filling the application:
    Name: Surjit Kaur
    DOB: 6 Feb 1938
    Address: Kotli Than Singh, Punjab
    Husband’s name: Late Kewal Singh
    ….
    I curiously enquired if she worked for the Indian govt., she replied, “No my son, this pension is not mine but of my late husband Kewal Singh; who gave his life for his mother land in 1962 during the Indo-China war.” She told me that her husband was awarded Mahavir Chakar for his supreme sacrifice. With tears in her eyes she continued to tell that shortly after her marriage her husband returned to his duty in the army. At the time of his martyrdom she had her eight months old daughter. She described the tough times she faced and struggles she went through while raising her daughter. I had completed the application by this time and handed it back to her. I simultaneously felt honoured and emotional.

    Sitting in the train on my way back home, my thoughts took me to an imagined village in Punjab where through the eye of my imagination I could see the hard times she must have gone through without her husband. She is indeed a brave lady who has sacrificed her life for her daughter. Uncontrolled tears filled my eyes, it was my tribute to Shaheed Kewal Singh and salute to Bibi Surjit Kaur ji.

    (I could not resist myself from finding out more about Shaheed Kewal Singh on the Internet. That is how I came to know of this website)

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