Subedar Major Mansing Bohra

Subedar Major Mansing Bohra was the son of Honorary Captain Gopal Bohra and father of Honorary Captain Shamsher Bohra and Subedar Major Hari Sing Bohra, both of whom became Subedar Majors of the 2nd Battalion.

He enlisted in the 2nd Battalion on 21 February 1889.  As a young Rifleman he took part in the Chin-Lushai expedition of 1889-90.  He served with the 1st Battalion throughout the 2nd Afghan War (dates) and remained with them during the 1897-98 operations on the North-West Frontier, taking part in the actions in Samana, the Relief of Gulistan and the Tirah, the latter including the actions at Chagru Kotal and Dargai as well as the forcing of the Sampagha and Arhanga passes, the Waran Valley, operations against the Khani Khel Chamkanis and in the Bara Valley.  During this campaign, in 1897, he was commissioned.

In 1900 he won the Bengal Presidency Rifle Association Native Army Championship and Gold Medal.  In 1903 he became Jemadar Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion, a position reserved for those showing high promise.

In 1910 he was awarded the King’s Coronation Medal and in 1911 a bar for the Delhi Durbar.  On 20 March 1911 he captained the 2nd Battalion shooting team which won the Cawnpore Woollen Mills Challenge Cup.  From May to August that year he was in the UK and attended the coronation of King George V.

He was appointed Subedar Major of the 2nd Battalion and in 1914 went with the 2nd Battalion to France.  He was killed in action on 2 November 1914, helping Major FGC Ross to lead a counter-attack.

His medals, together with those of his father in a framed set, are held in the Gurkha Museum, Winchester.


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