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Indian Soldiers in WW1
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Indian Soldiers in WW1
Thakur Gurdit Singh Minhas
Service History: Thakur Gurdit Singh Minhas (a Hindu Rajput with a history of over 5,000 years) was a part of the 6th Cavalry, later known as Hodson/Hudson’s Horsemen regiment of the British Indian Army. His normal/regular posting was near the border of current Pakistan and Afghanistan (North Western Frontier).

During World War I, Cavalier Gurdit Singh Minhas with the 6th Cavalry crossed today's Afghanistan and then took part in the action up to Egypt & Sinai through Persia (Iran) and Mesopotamia (Iraq). Gurdit Singh was awarded a Star medal (issued to those who saw service in operational theatre of war from 5 August 1914 to 31 December 1915) and a Victory medal.

Thankfully for our family, my grandfather came back home alive. He was not educated and hence could not move up the ranks in the Army. He made sure that all his four sons received a good education. My late father Rattan Chand Minhas, after obtaining his honour’s degree from Panjab University, joined the British government in Lahore Punjab. After the partition of India, he was stationed at Shimla (Summer capital during the British Empire). He retired as Under Secretary to the Punjab Government Finance Department in Chandigarh in 1979. Similarly, my younger uncle Shri Kartar Singh Minhas retired as Under Secretary in the Himachal Pradesh Government.

Satya Minhas, (Grandson of Gurdit Singh Minhas) 20 May 2014


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