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b. 01/04/1913 Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmir, India. d. 17/02/1945 Kanlan Ywathit, Burma.

 

Prakash Singh Chib (1913-1945) was born on 1st April 1913 in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region of British India. Little is known of his early life before he enlisted in the 4/13th Frontier Force Rifles of the Indian Army in the early years of World War II. He was promoted to the rank of Jemadar shortly before his actions in Burma in February 1945 which led to the award of a posthumous VC.

 

On 16th/17th February 1945 at Kanlan Ywathit, Burma (now Myanmar), Jemadar Prakash Singh Chib was commanding a platoon which took the main weight of fierce enemy attacks. He was wounded in both ankles and relieved of his command, but when his second-in-command was also wounded, he crawled back and took command of his unit again, directing operations and encouraging his men. He was wounded in both legs a second time, but he continued to direct the defense, dragging himself from place to place by his hands. When wounded a third time and final time, he lay shouting the Dogra war-cry as he died, inspiring his company that finally drove off the enemy.

 

Sadly, Prakash Singh’s body was not recovered after the battle, and he is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial. His medals are not publicly held and believed to still be in the family. A statue of Singh was built at the village of Nud, Tehsil Akhnoor in Jammu by the Chib Community under the guidance of Raghunath Singh Chib (IAS) of village Deva Batala, Teh- Bhimbar, Dist - Mirpur (whose family is in Jammu (India). In his memory a function is celebrated every year in February. On this date 1000 Indian Rupees is distributed to war widows.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.

BURIAL PLACE: NO KNOWN GRAVE - ON RANGOON MEMORIAL, BURMA. FACE 43.

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Prakash Singh Chib VC

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