Kamal Ram 91st birth anniversary: Remembering brave Indian Sepoy and Victoria Cross recipient

He was the second youngest Indian to receive Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration in the British Empire.

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Soldiers and army professionals are often less talked about in the independent India. The mention of those who served in the british rule is fairly diminished. One such brave soldier was Sepoy Kamal Ram, who served the 3rd Battalion during the Second World War. Today marks Kamal Ram's 91st birth anniversary who was born on December 17, 1924.

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Born to a Gurjar family in Rajasthan, Kamal was sent to the forces at a very young age. At the young age of 19, he, as part of the battalion, assaulted the formidable German defenses of Gustav Line in Italy. He went on to receive the Victoria Cross for his achievements. Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration in the British Empire. Till date 1358 Victoria Cross have been awarded.

He was the second youngest Indian to receive this award and won it at the rank of Sepoy. After the 1944 war, he was promoted to the rank of Sebdar. The brave soldier volunteered to single handedly silence the officers at flanks and succeeded in doing so. He showed sheer bravery, killing one German officer with a Bayonet and shooting another. This behavior with very minimal training at such a young age was a surprise for the empire.

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He was presented with this award by King George VI in Italy. His award still lays in display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum in London. The Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum holds the largest collection of these Victorian Crosses with 210 of them in display as of 2010. Photo Credits: findagrave.

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Published Date:December 17, 2015 6:25 AM IST

Updated Date:December 17, 2015 6:25 AM IST

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