My history hero: Khudadad Khan (1888-1971)

Chosen by politician Baroness Warsi

Khudadad Khan

This article was first published in the Christmas 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Khudadad Khan served in the 129th Duke of Connaught’s Own Baluchis regiment of the British Indian army in the First World War, becoming the first south Asian to be awarded the Victoria Cross. His citation, issued on 7 December 1914, reads: “On 31 October, 1914, at Hollebeke, Belgium, the British officer in charge of the detachment having been wounded, and the other gun put out of action by a shell, Sepoy [soldier] Khudadad, though himself wounded, remained working his gun until all the other five men of the gun detachment had been killed.” Khan spent his final years in Pakistan, and his VC is now displayed in the house in the village in which he was born.

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