Parkash Singh

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Major Parkash Singh

Major Parkash Singh (31 March 1913- 23 March 1991) was an Indian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was 29 years old, and a Havildar in the 8th Punjab Regiment, Indian Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 6 January 1943 at Donbaik, Mayu Peninsula, Burma (now Myanmar), Havildar Parkash Singh drove his own carrier forward and rescued the crews of two disabled carriers under very heavy fire. Again on 19 January in the same area he rescued two more carriers which had been put out of action by an enemy anti-tank gun. He then went out yet again and brought to safety another disabled carrier containing two wounded men.

He later achieved the rank of Major.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Imperial War Museum (London, England).