Thursday, 2 April 2009
Indian VC who stuck to his gun
"The regimental machinegun section of the 129th...was placed in the portion of the defence held by the 6th Lancers.
Man after man was hit but the brave detachment continued to serve their guns, inflicting severe loss on the enemy....The enemy afforded an excellent target and the gun did much execution.
The heroic gun team, fighting tioll the last, were bayonetted at their posts, Khudadad Khan, the sole survivor, though badly wounded, managed after a time to rejoin his company, but did not quit his gun till he had ensured it would be valueless to the enemy."
An abridged version of the report in The Times of 27th January, 1915, headed, "Two Indian VCs".
Khudadad Khan won the Victoria Cross and returned home to India.