Russian military museum showcases bravery of soldier from Pithoragarh throughout WWII | India Information

Gajendra Singh had joined the British Indian Military in 1936

PITHORAGARH: The {photograph} and quotation of an Indian soldier, Hawaldar Gajendra Singh, a local of village Badalu in Pithoragarh district, has been included within the Russian military museum’s gallery of gallant troopers in Moscow. Singh was awarded the ‘Order of the Crimson Star’, a Soviet army ornament, for his bravery within the Second World Warfare in 1944. Other than him, just one different Indian soldier, hailing from Tamil Nadu, has been honoured with the ‘Order of the Crimson Star.’ The Indian embassy in Moscow knowledgeable the household of the lifeless soldier concerning the felicitation final week. A letter signed by DB Venkatesh Verma, the Indian ambassador to Russia, was despatched to the household through which the ambassador, referring to the inclusion of Singh’s title within the Russian armed forces museum, termed it “a matter of nice pleasure for India and a testomony to the bonds of friendship between India and the Russian federation.”
Chatting with TOI, Bhagwan Singh, the soldier’s son, stated that his father was recruited in the British Indian Military in 1936. “My father advised us he was despatched to Chakwal (Rawalpindi), which is now in Pakistan, for coaching after which he was posted within the Royal Indian Military Service Corps. Most of his service was within the North-West Frontier Province which is now Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa space.”
Reminiscing additional, Bhagwan Singh stated, “ My father advised us that when WWII broke out, he was posted at Basara in Iraq. As a part of the Allied Forces, he was deputed to hold ration, arms and ammunition to Soviet troopers by means of troublesome terrain. One evening in 1943 when he was on responsibility, he was attacked by enemy troopers and badly wounded. Military medical doctors suggested that he be despatched again to India however my father insisted on staying. After his restoration, he joined his battalion once more and continued to provide provisions to Soviet troopers.” He added that “seeing his dedication in the direction of responsibility, the Soviet military awarded him the ‘Order of the Crimson Star’ in July 1944.”

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