The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration which is, or has been, awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire
In the Kalian valley in Burma, on 15 Dec 1944 Hav Umrao Singh was incharge of a gun in an advance section of his battery when it was subjected to heavy fire from 75 mm guns and mortars for 1-1/2 hours prior to being attacked by two companies of Japanese. When the attack came he so inspired his detachment by his personal example and encouragement that they were able to beat off the attack. Though twice wounded by grenades he beat off the four attacks by the resolute action and great courage. When the final attack came – the other gun had been over run and all his ammunition expended he seized a gun rammer and closed with the enemy in furious hand to hand fighting. He was seen striking down Japanese in a desperate effort to save his gun until he was knocked unconscious. Six hours later, when a counter attack restored the position, he was found in an exhausted state beside his gun and almost unrecognizable with seven severe wounds and ten dead Japanese around him.
Havildar (Late Sub Maj, Hony Capt) Umrao Singh, VCDate of Birth : 21 Nov 1920Date of Award : 15 Dec 1944