Orders, Decorations and Medals (21 September 2007)

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Date of Auction: 21st September 2007

Sold for £150

Estimate: £50 - £70

Victoria Cross interest: a Letter, written and signed by Corporal Gian Singh, V.C., good condition £50-70


Single sheet, 188 x 124mm., written in ink, dated 31 October, addressed from the Indian Forces Leave Camp, Roehampton, London, S.W15.

‘Dear Sir,
I reached at London on 7th October and then I went to see Major R. A. J. Fowler at his home and stayed there for three days. I was decorated by H.M. King on 16 Oct. I am spending all my time in seeing London. There are many fine places and I have seen many of them and hope to see some more. London is a very good place. I like (the) underground and lifts - electric stairs. Thank you for your kindness. Give my best wishes to all officers of Rg. Centre and O.R’s under your Command.
Yours sincerely
Corpl. Gian Singh V.C.’

Naik Gian Singh, 15th Punjab Regiment, V.C. London Gazette 2 March 1945. ‘On 2 March 1945 on the road between Kamye and Myingyan, Burma, where the Japanese were strongly positioned, Niak Gian Singh, who was in charge of the leading section of his platoon, went on alone firing his tommy gun, and rushed the enemy foxholes. In spite of being wounded in the arm, he went on, hurling grenades. He attacked and killed the crew of a cleverly concealed anti-tank gun, and then led his men down a lane clearing all enemy positions. He went on leading his section until the action had been satisfactorily completed’ (Ref. The Register of the Victoria Cross).

Sold with 15th Punjab Regiment cap badge; paper cutting giving the obituary of Major Tony ‘Raj’ Fowler; booklets and papers re. the 15th Punjab Regiment.