Duty Honour Country, Sikh Soldiers in WWI & WWII

Daily Hukamnama

"tofI mhlw 5 Gru 2 dupdy","\u003C\u003E siqgur pRswid ]","mwgau dwnu Twkur nwm ]","Avru kCU myrY sMig n cwlY imlY ik\u00aepw gux gwm ]1] rhwau ]","rwju mwlu Anyk Bog rs sgl qrvr kI Cwm ]","Dwie Dwie bhu ibiD kau DwvY sgl inrwrQ kwm ]1]","ibnu goivMd Avru jy cwhau dIsY sgl bwq hY Kwm ]","khu nwnk sMq ryn mwgau myro mnu pwvY ibsRwm ]2]1]6

"Todee, Fifth Mehl, Second House, Du-Padas:","One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:","I beg for the Gift of Your Name, O my Lord and Master.","Nothing else shall go along with me in the end; by Your Grace, please allow me to sing Your Glorious Praises.\||1||Pause||","Power, wealth, various pleasures and enjoyments, all are just like the shadow of a tree.","He runs, runs, runs around in many directions, but all of his pursuits are useless.\||1||","Except for the Lord of the Universe, everything he desires appears transitory.","Says Nanak, I beg for the dust of the feet of the Saints, so that my mind may find peace and tranquility.\||2||1||6||

MP3: Download or listen to Daily Hukamnama MP3 file
World Sikh News
'Bear With Me, I'm Still Learning': Jess Hilarious Apologizes to Sikh and Muslim Community For Racial Profiling - The Root

Differences put aside as Sikh taxi drivers provide free rides, help for Muslim families rocked by terror attack - TVNZ

'It is unfortunate one of our own stole the money': Donation box stolen from Sikh temple - SBS

Sikh, Hindu students often struggle with time for religion, but remain dedicated in heart, mind - Standard Online

'I'm divorced, so Sikh men don't want me' - BBC News

Jess Hilarious Apologizes for Saying She Felt 'Threatened' by Sikh Men: 'I'm Still Learning' - Complex

Instagram star Jess Hilarious slammed for 'racist' comments about Sikh men - Mirror Online

Pakistan, India hold 'positive' talks on Sikh visits - Channel NewsAsia

Gurpreet Singh: Prayers offered for Christchurch victims at gurdwara where worker was murdered by white racists -

Langars, Relief Camps and Funeral Sewa: How Sikh Community in New Zealand Won Hearts After Christchurch A... - News18

Sikh and Hindu refugees fleeing Afghan persecution arrive in Surrey - Vancouver Sun

Sikhs provide sanctuary to Kashmiris caught in 'revenge' attacks - Al Jazeera English

'Kesari' movie review: 21 Sikh soldiers against thousands of Afghans - IndianSpice

How 9/11 spurred New Jersey's Sikh attorney general into public service - Religion News Service

Sikh refugee families arrive from Afghanistan - CityNews Vancouver

Fellow Canadians, Embrace The Eternal Optimism Of Sikh New Year - HuffPost Canada

'It feels really nice to be here': Sikh refugee families facing persecution in Afghanistan arrive in Calgary -

After New Zealand mosque attack, Sikh community provides safe space, langar to victims' kin - The New Indian Express

Erie Sikh women share Indian comfort food - Entertainment & Life -

New Zealand’s Sikh Community Help the Victims’ Families - The Quint

Bakersfield's Sikh community gives back - Bakersfield Now

‘Understand the why’: Sikh and former white supremacist talk about finding common ground at Calgary event - Global News

Sikhs Being Denied Drinking and Irrigation Water in MP’s Ashok Nagar, says DSGMC - Sikh Siyasat News

Plaques with names of 21 Sikh soldiers installed in Pakistan - Times of India

Sikh New Year Celebrations in Gurudwara of Oslo, Norway - PTC News

Gurpreet Singh: Capt. Amarinder Singh—what about the 50 Sikh soldiers killed by the mobs in 1984? -

It Takes 'Love' to Rush a Gunman: Son of Sikh Temple President Killed During Shooting Draws Parallel to NZ Mosque Hero - Newsweek

In shadow of 2012 U.S. terrorist attack, former white supremacist and Sikh bring message of unity to Calgary -

ROBERT PRICE: Devastated Sikhs, stunned by baby's killing, demand answers of themselves - The Bakersfield Californian

Christchurch terrorist attack saddens Sikh community - Fiji Times

In Kashmir, Sikhs offered free hotel stays, car repairs as thanks for community’s help after Pulwama -

When Sikh warriors smashed jihadis in Balakot - Condé Nast Traveller India - The Last Word in Travel

Box-office: Could Akshay Kumar playing a Sikh character in Kesari be a contributing factor for the film? - Times Now

The real story of ‘Kesari’ & how 21 Sikh soldiers fought against 10,000 tribesmen - GQ India - What a man's got to do

Jess Hilarious Asks to Remove Sikh Men from Flight, After Confusing Them With Muslims - Al-Bawaba

Sikh community becomes first to 'adopt' a Turlock park - The Turlock Journal

US Sikhs collect $1 lakh for documentary on Guru Nanak - The Tribune India

Delaware declares April 2019 as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month - Business Standard

Life story of Limerick man who translated sacred Sikh text to be told - Limerick Leader

New Westminster Sikh temple celebrates 100-year anniversary -

Sikh community speaks out on baby homicide - KGET 17

Member of the Sikh community reacts to infant's killing - Bakersfield Now

What’s common in the attacks in India on Kashmiris and violence in Pakistan against Hindus, Sikhs? -

Kelowna's Sikhs countering racist acts of vandalism - Salmon Arm Observer

'A New Horror': Sikh Men Go on Hunger Strike in ICE Custody - The Nation

Kent State's Muslim, Sikh organizations hold first joint meeting - Kent Wired

UC Berkeley Sikh Student Association releases letter in opposition to proposed endowment - Daily Californian

Paedophile hunter claims Sikh girls targeted - BBC News

Sikhs stand tall in seeking divine blessings - New Straits Times

Jews, Christians, Sikhs And Others Mourn With Muslims After New Zealand Attack - HuffPost

Gay Sikh man was forced to dress up as a woman on his wedding day - Daily Mail

India's Sikh Sensitivities and Canadian Politics - The Diplomat

The Sikh Empire’s Expedition to Balakot - DNA India

‘We’re alive today because of our Sikh brothers’: Kashmiri drivers back home from Jammu tell tales of agony and hope - Free Press Kashmir

Amid a record driver shortage, Indian-American Sikhs are taking to trucking - Marketplace APM

Sikh community allowed to showcase Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s portrait at K-P fort - The Express Tribune

Pakistan Agrees to Keep Fields Around Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib Intact - Sikh Siyasat News

Mosque shootings bring back painful memories of Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting - WDJT

Thousands converge for Hola Mohalla celebrations - Business Standard

1984 Sikh killings was like genocide of Jews by Nazis: CBI - Times of India

Man punched and threw hot coffee at Sikh cashier because he "hates Muslims" - 5Pillars

Police didn’t take any permission from Duty Magistrate to open firing on Sikh protesters, SIT tells High Court - Sikh24 News & Updates

The real story of Kesari: when 21 Sikh soldiers fought 10,000 Afghan warriors at the Battle of Saragarhi - Condé Nast Traveller India - The Last Word in Travel

Solano Planning Commission recommends changes to allow Sikh temple expansion - Fairfield Daily Republic

Sikh man and former white supremacist share story of forgiveness and friendship: ‘You have to suspend your judgment’ - Toronto Star

Anti-Sikh riots like genocide of Jews by Nazis: CBI tells Supreme Court - Times of India

Sikh Friends of Bakersfield offering free meals daily for the next month - Bakersfield Now

Hola Mohalla 2019 Playlist: Here Are Songs Showcasing the Martial Skills of Sikh Community - LatestLY

Sikh bodies condemn killing of innocent in New Zealand attack - Greater Kashmir

NZ is committed to religious diversity - but do we know what that means? -

Facing Sikh Outrage, Manjinder S. Sirsa Deletes Controversial Tweet About Christchurch (NZ) Massacre - Sikh Siyasat News

Standup Comic Jaspreet Singh Slams Bollywood For Stereotyping The Sikh Community For Years - Storypick

PDP hails valour, selfless efforts of Sikh community members - Greater Kashmir

Battle of Saragarhi: One of the Greatest ‘Last Stands’ in History - The Quint

New Westminster Sikh temple welcomes community to celebrate its centennial anniversary - The Record (New Westminster)

Sikh priest claims he was exploited and slandered by Kiwi boss -

Sikhs, Pandits hold protest in Srinagar against harassment of Kashmiris - The Kashmir Walla

Sikh Heritage Trail set to once again host annual cultural celebration - Community Newspaper Group

Local Sikhs join Rizwan's family to protest his 'custodial killing' - Kashmir Life

Civil Rights And Faith Leaders To FBI: Take White Nationalist Violence Seriously - OPB News

Tributes paid to Derby Sikh who worked tirelessly to unite city communities - Derbyshire Live

Hotel Mumbai shows a city under siege by terrorists -

Pakistan Directs Its Delhi High Commission to Issue 3000 Yatri Visas for Sikhs on Vaisakhi - Sikh Siyasat News

Ant and Dec talk idea for Hide The Sikh TV show in unearthed interview -

Fact Check: No, '21 Sikh Regiment' Didn't Refuse To Fight For India - The Logical Indian

'84 riots: CBI likens killing of Sikhs with Nazi extermination of Jews - The Tribune India

Hola Mohalla 2019: All About the Festival Celebrated After Holi that Showcases Military Skills of Sikh - LatestLY

World Sikh Parliament Says UK Chapter Structure Finalised - Sikh Siyasat News

Five Questions For: Pardeep Kaleka on New Zealand, White Supremacy, and What it Takes to Move Forward -

Aseemanand, Others Acquitted in Samjhauta Express Blast Case - Sikh Siyasat News

Pakistani officials to visit India March 14 to discuss Sikh pilgrimage corridor - Reuters

Qila Mubarak, Rare 18th Century Sikh Palace in India, to Be Restored - - ARTnews

1984 anti-Sikh riots: Justice Sanjiv Khanna recuses from hearing Sajjan Kumar's appeal - Economic Times

Surrey, Delta 'Kaur Project' events will celebrate the stories of Sikh women this weekend - Peace Arch News

Hola Mohalla 2019 Celebrations At Anandpur Sahib: From Mock Battles To Colourful Processions And Gulaal, - LatestLY

1984 anti-Sikh riots case: CBI seeks dismissal of Sajjan Kumars plea in SC - Business Standard

Meghalaya resents Punjab giving funds directly to Sikhs in Shillong - The Hindu

Campaign against Canadian report starts - Times of India

Pak media/social media use photoshopped Republic TV visual to claim Sikh soldiers refuse to fight for India - Alt News

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress in dilemma over Hindu candidates in Punjab - Hindustan Times


A Saga of Chivalry - Battle of Haifa (FEATURED ARTICLE)

The Day David Triumphed Over Goliath

By Harchand Singh Bedi & Harprabhjeet Singh Bedi Malaysia.

General Sir Edmund Allenby on his horse saluting the Sikh Battalion outside of Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate on December 11, 1917. Photo credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Mr. G. V. Furphy J.P. has received the following interesting letter from Major Jack Kendall of Shepparton, Australia dated, October 2nd, 1918 Amman, the Mountain of Moab.
 "Just a little over a week ago there was an army of 80,000 to 90,000 Turks and Germans, all good, big strong men, standing up against our force. Today between 60,000 and 70,000 of them are prisoners, and the remainder gone to dust (for a body only lasts a few days in this climate). So you can see what may happen in a very little time. I understand it was one of the greatest feats of the war, practically to wipe out a complete army in four days, and at the same time advance from Jerusalem to Damascus, over 100 miles".

KHUDA BUKSH, GHULAM MUHAMMAD, MANBIR RAI, BIRMANI GURUNG, SULTAN SINGH, GULAB SINGH, KARTAR SINGH and many others, were all children of British India. They travelled far from home to fight the Ottoman Turks in Palestine. They must have expected, or at least hoped, to make it back to their families. They were instead felled by bullets, shrapnel or disease and remained in 7 cemeteries in Israel, from Jerusalem to Ramleh to Haifa.

According to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a large number of Indian soldiers, nearly 900 (816 WW1, 66 WW2) are cremated or buried in cemeteries across Israel demonstrating the major sacrifice that was made, and act as an immortal testimonial for their heroism.

On 23rd September 1918, the 15th Imperial Service Brigade comprising of the Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers undertook one of the most famous cavalry actions in the Great War and recaptured the city of Haifa in Palestine. This day is commemorated by the Indian Army each year as 'Haifa day' to honour this famous charge. 
General Allenby's vast encircling operation in Palestine, which commenced in September, 1918, was undoubtedly one of the most effective of the whole war, and helped considerably towards the final collapse of the Central Powers. It resulted in the smashing up of the Turkish resistance, and as far as the Palestine campaign was concerned was a complete victory in every sense of the term.

General Sir Edmund Allenby wrote that, one feature of this battle has been the magnificent dash of the Indian troops. The veteran soldiers of India were expected to do well, and have lived up to their high reputation.

'Their only fault was a too great of eagerness, to push on '

"Whilst the Mysore Lancers were clearing the rocky slopes of Mount Carmel, the Jodhpur Lancers charged through the defile, and riding over the enemy's machine guns, galloped into the town, where a number of Turks were speared in the streets. Maj. Thakur Dalpat Singh, M.C., fell gallantly leading the charge."

"No more remarkable cavalry action of its scale was fought in the whole course of the campaign. Machine gun bullets over and over again failed to stop the galloping horses even though many of them succumbed afterwards to their injuries…"      This remains the only known incident in military history when a fortified town was captured by cavalry on the gallop.

In the big battle which has ended so gloriously, the soldierly qualities of courage, endurance, and discipline are most essential, it is the very link of the fighting chain. The divisional commanders tell me that they were delighted with the Indians valour under all conditions. Forty seven hours continuous fighting and marching tested them to the utmost. 

They behaved superbly. Their only fault was a too great eagerness, to push on'. 

Lieutenant General Sir Henry (Harry) Chauvel (Australian Imperial Force) wrote in his Despatches; 
"The Lancers dashed over the narrow defile in extended order and galloped over this plain of Armageddon, and crashed into the infantry and machine gunners with the lance, killing ninety and wounding as many more. They took 410 prisoners. The charge was most brilliantly executed. The cavalry had to gallop over exposed ground against heavy rifle and machine gun fire, but it never faltered. Each wave of horsemen rode through the enemy, and those who were not killed threw up their hands". 1,350 enemy prisoners were taken, including 2 German and 35 Ottoman officers. The Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers combined lost 1 officer, 7 soldiers and 60 horses. 6 officers and 28 soldiers were wounded, as were 83 horses.

The Indian Troops played a prominent part in achieving this success and General Chauvel's short history of the operations holds a special interest for all who take a pride in these men who suffered the discomforts and hardship of a desert campaign, and performed almost impossible deeds of valour. 

They fought like seasoned warriors. They cheerfully answered any call.  

These Indians took the place of some of the Londoners who were sent to France. They were tremendously keen to preserve the record of the division of Indians with the Londoners, who were first into Jerusalem and first over the Jordan. They wanted to be first through the coastal defences. They succeeded. They went on and secured the crossing of the Wadi Falik for the cavalry. They then advanced north-east wards to Tulkarm, covering the astonishing distance of 22 miles in thirteen and the half hours, including trench fighting and actions in the open. This wonderful performance is an example of what the young Indian battalions are capable of. All are practically of the same quality. These young Indian battalions came through the ordeal magnificently. They fought like seasoned warriors. They cheerfully answered any call.  

"For skill in hill fighting it would be hard to find a parallel for this incident". 

There was a stern struggle for the Bietlid hill, 5 000 yards from Nablus, on Friday. When it was captured it was decided to take a station which was commanded on the south by a high steep hill. A Sikh battalion crept up the irregular slopes in the moonlight, caught the garrison entirely unprepared, rushed and surprised the German machine gunners, and captured over 200 prisoners, besides killing and wounding others. There was not one single casualty among the Sikhs. 

'Indian cavalry of the Jodhpore and Mysore Lancers, 16th (Imperial Service) Cavalry Brigade passing through Haifa following the city's capture from Turkey (Ottoman Empire), 23rd September 1918'. Q 12335. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum London

Deeds of Heroism
The exceptional bravery and supreme sacrifice of Major Thakur Dalpat Singh and his men, will be remembered forever and continue to inspire generations to come. Major Dalpat Singh was conferred upon Military Cross and the entire saga of bravery is described in history textbooks of Israel. He was anointed as the "Hero of Haifa" 
Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh were awarded the Indian Order of Merit and Captain Anop Singh and 2nd Lt. Sagat Singh were awarded the Military Cross in recognition of their bravery in this battle. 
Wonderful stories of their gallantry, dash, and initiative in the war are told in a special supplement of the 'London Gazette,' recording the conferment of a large number of decorations for bravery in this battle.

Thakur Dalpat Singh, Jodhpur Lancers.

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer, accompanied only by his trumpeter, charged an entrenched machine gun, killing and scattering the crew and capturing the gun. At the same time he captured the commandant of a regiment and another officer'.

Captain Thakur Anop Singh, Bahadur, I.O.M. Jodhpur Imp. Serv. Lancers. 

'On the 23rd September, 1918, during the attack on Haifa, he led his squadron with the greatest dash and ability, when he successfully charged the enemy's position, capturing three guns, four machine guns, and many of the enemy. He then led his squadron through the north portion of the town, capturing many more prisoners, and rejoined the regiment at the final objective. He showed throughout the utmost contempt for danger'.

2nd Lieut. Kunwar Sagat Singh, Jodhpur I.S. Lancers. 

'For gallantry and devotion to duty.  On the 23rd September, 1918, during the advance on Haifa, he twice went back under heavy fire to give orders to squadrons in the rear, afterwards rejoining the head of the regiment. Throughout the action he gave an example of complete disregard of danger and showed great coolness'.


Resources :-
The Official History of the War (Military Operations Egypt and Palestine: Volume II

State Library of NSW. Soldiers Dairies

Imperial War Museum London 

Library of Congress
Edinburgh Gazette 

Email this page to a friend   Visit us on Facebook   Follow us on Twitter   Check us out at YouTube