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Sepoy (later Subadar) Namdeo Jadhav (c.1922–1984), VC, 1st Battalion 5th Mahratta Light Infantry

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The account of the action for which the 23-year-old Sepoy Namdeo Jadhav was awarded the Victoria Cross, was gazetted (appeared in 'The London Gazette') on 19 June 1945. It read, ‘...under intense enemy fire he carried two wounded men through deep water and up the precipitous river bank, through a mine belt, to safety. With tommy-gun and grenades, he then avenged his dead comrades by eliminating three enemy machine-gun posts, and, climbing to the top of the bank, and shouting the Mahratta war cry he waved the remaining companies across the river. He not only saved his friends’ lives but his superb bravery enabled the battalion to secure a deeper bridgehead and ultimately crush all German resistance in the area.’

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Sepoy (later Subadar) Namdeo Jadhav (c.1922–1984), VC, 1st Battalion 5th Mahratta Light Infantry




oil on canvas


H 71.2 x W 55.9 cm

Accession number

NAM. 1956-02-16

Acquisition method

gift from the 5th Mahratta Light Infantry Regimental Association, 1956

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