Honorary Captain Sardar Bahadur Ram Singh Mahrok


Honorary Captain Sardar Bahadur Ram Singh Mahrok

Captain Soldier Ram Singh was born the son of Nattha Singh of Sunam, now in Sangrur district of the Punjab. He belongs to Mahrok sub-caste of Kamboj lineage. His father had served in the army of the Sikh rulers of Lahore and later in the British Indian army. Born in 1864, Ram Singh spent his early life in his native village where he received his early education. As he grew up, he enlisted in the Patiala state army, but soon left it to join 15th Sikh Battalion of the Indian army on 15 April 1882. He served meritoriously in the Sudan campaigns of 1884-85 and 1897-98 and on the North-West Frontier of India, rising steadily in rank and becoming a Subedar Major and Honorary Captain by the time he retired in 1908. He was also awarded Order of the British India (O.B.I.) and the title of Sardar Bahadur, and granted 125 acres of land in the Sargodha canal colony in Shahpur district (now in Pakistan). CaptainRamSingh22 CaptainRamSingh21 CaptainRamSingh5

Captain Ram Singh was a devout Sikh. While serving as aide-de-camp to the Governor-General of India towards the end of his army career, he had taken initiative to establish a gurdwara at Shimla. After retirement he helped raise a gurdwara in Chakk No. 127, close to his estate in Sargodha, and rebuild a historical shrine, Gurdwara Pahill Patshahi, at Sunam. He also took active part in the Akali agitation of the 1920's. A member of the first Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committe, he was elected its vicepresident on 27 November 1921 following the arrest of the former incumbent in connection with the campaign for the recovery from the British of the keys of the Golden Temple treasury. He himself, along with 50 others, was arrested on the night of 13-14 October 1923, following the government declaration of 12 October outlawing the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the Shiromani Akali Dal, and was released on 26 January 1926. He continued to take active interest in Sikh affairs till the end which came on 29 December 1949.

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Deepak Kamboj started and conceptualized the powerful interactive platform - KambojSociety.com in September 2002, which today is the biggest and most popular online community portal for Kambojas in the world. He was inspired by the social and community work carried out by his father Shri Nanak Chand Kamboj. He has done research on the history, social aspects, political growth and economical situation of the Kamboj community. Deepak Kamboj is an author of various articles about the history of Kamboj community and people.