Gobind Singh (VC)

Gobind Singh (VC)

Gobind Singh (VC)

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Gobind Singh VC (7 December 1887 &ndash; 9 December 1942) was an Indian soldier, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest Commonwealth award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy", during the First World War.


Singh was 29 years old when he became a Lance-Daffadar in the 28th Light Cavalry, Indian Army, attached to 2nd Lancers during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

On the night of 30 Nov and 1 December 1917 east of Peizieres, France, Lance-Dafadar Gobind Singh three times volunteered to carry messages between the regiment and brigade headquarters, a distance of 1.5&nbsp;miles (2.4&nbsp;km) over open ground which was under heavy fire from the enemy. He succeeded each time in delivering the message, although on each occasion his horse was shot and he was compelled to finish the journey on foot.

Further information

Govind Singh hailed from Damoi village of Nagaur dist in Rajasthan. He was a Mertiya Rathore, a clan well known for its bravery.He later achieved the rank of Jemadar.

The medal

The medal is currently displayed in his regiment 2nd Lancers (G.H.) in India, and the regiment is currently located at Meerut (U.P.).

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