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Kanwar Bahadur Singh

Kanwar Bahadur Singh
File:Lt. Gen. K. Bahadur Singh.jpg
Born 5 August 1910
Palaitha, India
Died 8 May 2007
Allegiance  India
Service/branch Indian Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit The Kumaon Regiment
Commands held Central Command
Battles/wars World War II
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Awards MBE
Other work Lt. Governor of Himachal Pradesh

Lieutenant-General Kanwar Bahadur Singh, MBE, (5 August 1910 – 8 May 2007) was a senior officer in the Indian Army.

Early life and education

Bahadur Singh was born in the Thikana of Palaitha in the princely state of Kotah on 5 August 1910, the son of Major-General Sir Onkar Singh, KCIE, a minister for the state of Kotah. He attended the Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College (RIMC) from August 1923 to 26 August 1929. During his time at the college, he became Section Commander for Kitchener Section and Cadet Captain. Following his education at RIMC, he gained entrance to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He would join Sandhurst as the top student from India.

Military career

Upon graduation from Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the 19th Hyderabad Regiment on 27 August 1931.[1] He was promoted to Captain on 1 January 1939. His regiment participated in the ill fated Malayan Campaign. Following their defeat in the Battle of Singapore, he was taken prisoner and spent the remainder of the war in a Japanese internment camp. On 9 May 1946, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services as a prisoner of war, he was conferred the Order of the British Empire.[2] He was Colonel of the Kumaon Regiment from 16 May 1961 to 15 May 1971.[3] Bahadur Singh would serve as GOC-in-C for Central Command from 1962 to 1966 before retiring as a Lieutenant-General.

Later life

After retiring from the army, Lt. Gen. K. Bahadur Singh was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Himachal Pradesh from 16 May 1967 to 24 January 1971.

He was married to Rajendra Kumari of Barwani and had 5 children, a son (Kr Jaivir Singh Palaitha) and 4 daughters (Jyostna, Jaya, Padmini & Durga). He died in May 2007 at the age of 97.

Campaign Medals

  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • Pacific Star
  • Order of the British Empire

See also


  • Mishra, S., & Singh, B. (1997). Where Gallantry is Tradition: Saga of Rastriya Indian Military College. Allied Publishers. ISBN 81-7023-649-5
  • State of Himachal Pradesh Web Site


External links

  • [1]
  • [2]
  • Indian Army
  • Bharat Rakshak: The Consortium of Indian Military Websites
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