Legendary camaraderie

One Juglal and Sardara belonged to Majra (Dubaldhan) village in present-day Jhajjar district of Haryana. Juglal, the elder, received enlisted in 6 Jat Light Infantry in 1906, adopted by his 5 years youthful Sardara in 1911. During World War I, each served in the identical firm; the elder as Pay Havildar and the youthful as Lance Naik.

6 Jat mild Infantry was raised as 1st Battalion, 22nd Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry in 1803. The designation stored altering; in 1901, it turned 6 Jat Light Infantry and retained the designation until 1921. In 1950, it turned 1st Battalion (LI), The Jat Regiment. During mechanisation of infantry regiments in 1970, it was designated as 2nd Mechanised Battalion and stays as such.

On December 5, 1915, 6 Jat LI sailed from Suez, disembarked at Basra and shaped a part of 19th Brigade together with 2nd Black Watch Infantry. On January 20, 1916, a combined pressure of 62 all ranks was shaped for a restricted offensive activity. Hav Juglal, Naik Bakhtawar and Sepoy Bharat Singh, all from Majra, had been among the many six different ranks from the battalion within the combined pressure. The pressure was to seize a Turkish place on the correct financial institution of Wadi, a tributary of Tigris river in Mesopotamia (Iraq), and enter the ditch.

The assault started at 7.45 am on 21st and after an hour’s fierce battle, the Turks had been overpowered. An hour later, the Turks counter-attacked in overwhelming energy. The battle resulted in lots of useless and wounded. The information of the calamity unfold quick. Sardara, although in one other platoon, ran to the Medical Aid Post (MAP) the place he was informed by Capt Wells, the officiating Commanding Officer, that as a result of sporadic hearth from the Turks, the casualties had not but been evacuated.

Sardara sought permission to go ahead to convey again his brother. The officer apprised him that the whole part energy of the battalion appeared to have been worn out. Sardara had not come to listen to that. After garnering details about the world, he dashed in the direction of the ditch underneath no matter cowl obtainable; apparently, the attackers had moved over to a different part of the ditch. During the frantic search, Sardara discovered Juglal with bayonet wounds, nearly alive. The elder checked out his youthful, smiled and breathed his final.

Just then he heard somebody name ‘Sardare’. He discovered Bakhtawar and Bharat Singh mendacity grievously wounded, Bharat being extra critical. By then the Turkish hearth had nearly died down.

Sardara, 6 toes plus and durable, dragged Bharat again in the direction of the MAP and on the similar time lent his shoulder to Bakhtawar, who was strolling wounded. After masking 100 yards, he shouted for assist. Soon, two stretcher bearers approached.

Finding no less than two of his males alive was at least a miracle for Capt Swell, who, nevertheless, remarked, “Was it worth taking such a risk?” The reply by Sardara was traditional: “Sahab, I not only met my brother before he breathed his last, but also brought back two of my village brothers alive who otherwise might not have survived for long.”

Havildar Juglal was posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit Class 2 (equal of Maha Vir Chakra). The 28-year-old Kadyan Jat from Majra met his destiny nearly 2,000 miles from his village. But throughout his final moments, he was not alone; his youthful brother was by his facet.

Bakhtawar retired as Jemadar, remained in good well being and died as an octogenarian. Bharat spent his lengthy retired life with one leg for the reason that different needed to be amputated. Sardara retired as Honorary Captain with properly deserved decorations: IDSM, OBI 2nd Class (Bahadur) and Cross of St George third Class (Russia).

Honorary Captain Sardara was delighted when his 4 sons had been commissioned into the Army, all in Rajputana Rifles. However, the truth that none of them joined his battalion, not even the Jat Regiment, was one thing that weighed on his thoughts. Finally, in 1965, after having persuaded Mohinder, his third eldest son, Sardara wrote to the Army Chief, who accepted his request promptly and Mohinder was transferred to 1st Jat Light Infantry.

Col Mohinder Singh Kadyan was awarded Kirti Chakra for bravery and the youngest, Rajendra Singh Kadyan, retired as Deputy Chief of Army Staff.

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