Personal info

  • Name: Khudadad KHAN
  • D.O.B: 26th October, 1888
  • D.O.A: 31st October, 1914
  • D.O.D: 8th March, 1971
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sepoy, 129th Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis, Ferozepore Brigade, Indian Army, attached to the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, British Cavalry Corps

Hollebeke, Belgium 31 October 1914

31 October 1914

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The First World War 1914 

At the end of October 1914, while the Germans were attempting a breakthrough in the Gheluvelt sector of the Ypres Salient, the British 2nd Cavalry Division advanced from Hollebeke Château between Ypres and Comines in a south-easterly direction. However on 30 October 1914 they were repulsed and the enemy captured Hollebeke. On the 31st one of the Baluchis’ two Maxim machine-guns was destroyed by enemy fire. Though wounded, Sepoy (Private) Khudadad Khan continued to work the other gun until the rest of the crew were killed. When overrun by the Germans he feigned death and was able to crawl away and rejoin his unit.

Citation

 On 31st October, 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium, the British Officer in charge of the detachment having been wounded, and the other gun put out of action by a shell, Sepoy Khudadad, though himself wounded, remained working his gun until all the other five men of the gun detachment had been killed. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 4 December 1914. 7 December 1914, Numb. 28999, p. 10425

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