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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 14/10/1918 Gorakhpur, India. d. 23/05/1975 Kolkata, India.

 

Bhagat was born on 14 October 1918 in Gorakhpur, British India. He attended the Royal Indian Military College, , a military school in Dehradun, and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned in the British Indian Army on 15 July 1939. He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in the Indian Army, serving as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Central Command, and in June 1972 raised the Northern Command, which is headquartered in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir as its first GOC-in-C.:286 He was also awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), India's highest military service medal.

 

When he was not appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by Indira Gandhi despite his seniority, he chose to sidestep out of the Army on deputation to the Damodar Valley Corporation where he made a definite impact in improving the organisation's working climate, ethos and productivity.

 

VC ACTION

 

For most conspicuous gallantry on active service in the Middle East. During the pursuit of the enemy following the capture of Metemma on the night 31 January – 1 February 1941, Second-Lieutenant Bhagat was in command of a section of a Field Company, Sappers and Miners, detailed to accompany the leading mobile troops (Bren Carriers) to clear the road and adjacent areas of mines. For a period of four days and over a distance of 55 miles this officer in the leading carrier led the Column. During this period, he himself detected and personally supervised the clearing of no less than 15 minefields of varying dimensions. Speed being essential, he worked at high pressure from dawn to dusk each day. On two occasions when his carrier was blown up with casualties to others, and on a third occasion when ambushed and under close enemy fire he himself carried straight on with his task. He refused relief when worn out with strain and fatigue and with one eardrum punctured by an explosion, on the grounds that he was now better qualified to continue his task to the end.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: BOMBAY ENGINEERS MUSEUM, POONA, INDIA.

BURIAL PLACE: CREMATED IN INDIA. (UNKNOWN LOCATION).

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Premindra Singh

Bhagat VC, PVSM

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Premindra Singh Bhagat's medals which are held by the Bombay Engineers Museum, Poona, India (picture from Internet).

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