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India General Service Medal 1935

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India General Service Medal 1935, bar North West Frontier 1937-39, 7360 Sepoy Hazara Singh, 2-12 F.F.R. The 2nd 12th (2nd Sikhs) Frontier Force Regiment were serving as part of the…

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India General Service Medal 1935, bar North West Frontier 1937-39, 7360 Sepoy Hazara Singh, 2-12 F.F.R.

 

The 2nd 12th (2nd Sikhs) Frontier Force Regiment were serving as part of the Bannu Brigade, before being sent to Malaya in 1941 becoming part of the 22nd Indian Infantry Brigade.

 

The battalion then fought well defending the Eastern coast of Malaya, during the Battle of Malaya, but were soon after forced to surrender with the rest of the Allied Forces in Singapore on 15th February 1942, the Commanding Officer of the 2/12th F.F.R. during this campaign, Lt Colonel Arthur Edward Cumming, received the Victoria Cross, he was one of the few officer to escape before the surrender but his regiment were captured, it’s not clear what became of Sepoy Singh but his medal is barely worn.

 

The VC Citation of Lt Col Cumming;
“On 3rd January 1942 near Kuantan, Malaya, the Japanese made a furious attack on the battalion and a strong enemy force penetrated the position. Lt Col Cumming, with a small party of men lead a counter attack and although all his men became casualties and he, himself, had two bayonet wounds in the stomach he managed to restore the situation sufficiently for the major portion of the battalion and its vehicles to be withdrawn. Later he drove in a carrier, under heavy fire, collecting isolated detachments of his men and was again wounded. His gallant actions helped the brigade to withdraw safely.”