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Sepoy (acting Naik, Later Jemadar) Nand Singh (1914–1947), 1st Battalion 11th Sikh Regiment, Winning the Victoria Cross at the Arakan, Burma, 12 March 1944

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During the night of 11–12 March 1944, a Japanese platoon infiltrated into the area covering the main Maungdaw to Buthidaung road, occupied by the 1st/11th Sikhs, and took up a dominating position. Acting Naik Nand Singh led his section up a very steep knife-edge ridge under heavy machine-gun fire and rifle fire. Although wounded in the thigh, he rushed ahead of his section and took the first enemy trench with the bayonet by himself. He then crawled forward alone under heavy fire, and though wounded again took the second trench at the point of the bayonet. A short time later, when all his section had been either killed or wounded, Naik Nand Singh dragged himself out of the trench and captured a third trench, killing all the occupants with his bayonet.

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Sepoy (acting Naik, Later Jemadar) Nand Singh (1914–1947), 1st Battalion 11th Sikh Regiment, Winning the Victoria Cross at the Arakan, Burma, 12 March 1944




oil on canvas


H 42.2 x W 76 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1963-03-59

Acquisition method

gift from Brigadier P. G. Bamford, 1963

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