Khudadad Khan VC

Name: Khudadad Khan

Conflict: First World War

Gazetted: December 7, 1914

Service: Indian Army

Khudadad Khan VC
Medal group

Place/date of birth: Dab Tehsil, Chakwal District, Jhelum, Punjab, India (now Pakistan)/October 26, 1888

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Sepoy (later Subadar)

Date of bravery: October 31, 1914

London Gazette citation:

On 31st October, 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium, the British Officer in charge of the detachment having been wounded, and the other gun put out of action by a shell, Sepoy Khudadad, though himself wounded, remained working his gun until all the other five men of the gun detachment had been killed.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Military Hospital, Rawalpindi Cantt, Pakistan/March 8, 1971

Grave/memorials: Rukhan Tehsil, Malakwal District, Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, Pakistan (unmarked grave)/Name at the Memorial Gates, Hyde Park Corner, London, and statue at the Army Museum, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2016

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum