This Day in History: 1941-08-26

The 2nd Battalion, travelling from Bombay by sea to counter the Japanese threat to Malaya, suffered badly from the very rough weather. The Regimental History reported: ‘The Battalion presented a sorry spectacle. Each company could only produce a handful of men who could stand on their feet. An even smaller number could do PT without danger to their stomachs’. All the cooks were incapacitated with seasickness so Subedar Major Hari Sing Bohra rose magnificently to the occasion and acted as sole cook for the whole Battalion. He was later to die in Japanese captivity after being tortured for standing up for his men.

Subedar Major Hari Sing Bohra