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  • Name: BADLU SINGH
  • D.O.B: 1st November, 1876
  • D.O.A: 23rd September, 1918
  • D.O.D: 23rd September, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Ressaidar, 14th Murray’s Jat Lancers (Scinde Horse), attached 29th Lancers (Deccan Horse), 11th Cavalry Brigade, 4th Cavalry Division, Indian Army
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Khan-es-Samariyeh, Palestine 23 September 1918

23 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 19 September 1918, General Allenby launched the final and conclusive Allied offensive in the Holy Land. His forces broke through Turkish lines on the coastal plain and swept eastwards towards Nablus. Turkish forces moved ahead of them in an attempt to retreat across the River Jordan. It was for his gallantry in the fighting as one such group attempted to cross at Makhadet abu Naj, near Khan-es-Samariyeh, south-east of Beisan, that Ressaidar Badlu Singh, was awarded a posthumous VC. Damascus was captured on 30 September and an Armistice with Turkey came into force on 31 October 1918.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice on the morning of 23rd September, 1918, when his squadron charged a strong enemy position on the west bank of the River Jordan, between the river and Kh. es Samariveh Village. On nearing the position Ressaidar Badlu Singh realised that the squadron was suffering casualties from a small hill on the left front occupied by machine guns and 200 infantry. Without the slightest hesitation he collected six other ranks and with the greatest dash and an entire disregard of danger charged and captured the position, thereby saving very heavy casualties to the squadron. He was mortally wounded on the very top of the hill when capturing one of the machine guns single-handed, but all the machine guns and infantry had surrendered to him before he died. His valour and initiative were of the highest order. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 26 November 1918. 27 November 1918, Numb. 31034, pp. 14040-41

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