Ram Singh


His date of birth is not known but he was the son of Chet Singh.

1882 Joined the 9th Bengal Cavalry
1885 Suakin (Medal and Bronze Star)
1891 March 8th Promoted to Jemadar
1892 Dec 1st Promoted to Ressaidar
1894 Dec 21st Promoted to Risaldar
1895 Chitral (Medal and clasp)
1897-8 Tirah (clasp)
1901 Sent to Australia for Commonwealth celebration
1907 Oct 16th Appointed Risaldar Major
1911 Sent to England for Coronation
1911 Oct Received Order of British India 1st class
1914 First World War (two medals and star)
1916 Feb 22nd Retired at Bonneville as Honorary Captain
1917 June 12th Died.

This photo was taken in New Zealand in March 1901, when an Indian contingent was sent to Australasia for the celebration of the Commonwealth of Australia. There were 30 Indian officers from different regiments as well as 5 British officers and 65 NCOs.

Sadar Bahadur Ram Singh is wearing a blue kurta with a white collar and gold lace around the edge of the collar and down the front. The cuffs are rarely seen in photos of Indian Officers as they usually wear white gauntlets. He has two wide strips of gold lace on his pointed cuff but the cuff itself is the same blue as the rest of the garment. One would expect it to be white like the collar. The picture of Risaldar Major Man Singh shows him wearing a kurta with white cuffs but that is at an earlier date, some time in the 1880s. W Y Carman in his book on Indian Cavalry uniforms does not say what colour the cuffs are, so this photograph confirms the blue colour.


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by Stephen Luscombe