Service No : 13600518L

Date of Birth : May 20, 1944

Place of birth : Pithoragarh(U'Khand)

Service : Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit : 5/9 GR

Arm/Regt : 9 Gorkha Rifles

Martyrdom : September 19, 1965

Rifleman Dal Bahadur

Rifleman Dal Bahadur hailed from kanari village in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and was born on 20 May 1944. Son of Shri Bhan Bahadur and Smt Dhana Devi, Rifleman Dal Bahadur had two sisters as his siblings. After completing his initial education, he joined the Indian army on 20 May 1962 at the age of 18 years. He was recruited into 5/9 GR of the 9 Gorkha Rifles Regiment, an infantry regiment with a long history of valour and numerous battle honours.


After Independence, the 9 GR was one of the six Gurkha regiments (out of ten) to be allocated to the Indian Army as part of the Tripartite Agreement between Britain, India and Nepal. Since then 9GR fought in many wars and operations, enhancing its reputation for professional excellence, bravery and self-sacrifice. After serving for sometime Rifleman Dal Bahadur got married to Ms Hira Devi. He had barely completed 3 years of service when the war clouds appeared on the horizon and his unit got deployed on the western border. 


Indo-Pak war: 19 Sep 1965


During the Indo Pakistan war in 1965 , Rifleman Dal Bahadur’s unit 5/9 GR was deployed in Sialkot sector. The unit was part of the force under 1 Corps deployed in the sector. The unit played a key role in the battle of Phillora which was one of the largest tank battles fought during the Indo-Pak war. It was the first major engagement between the two nations in the Sialkot sector. The battle started on 10 September, when Indian troops launched a massive attack at the Phillora sector. 5/9 GR along with 5 Jat battalion formed the important infantry force that took part in the battle. Rifleman Dal Bahadur took part in these operations and proved his mettle as a soldier.


The battle of Phillora was over by 11 Sep 1965 and the unit was then assigned tasks in subsequent operations. Rifleman Dal Bahadur along with his unit comrades was then involved in the subsequent battle for Sordreke on 19 September. During this operation Rifleman Dal Bahadur got injured severely in the ongoing heavy exchange of fire. He later succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom. Rifleman Dal Bahadur was a brave and dedicated soldier who laid down his life in the line of his duty.


 Rifleman Dal Bahadur is survived by his wife Smt Hira Devi.

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