Private Sirdar Singh

Name: Sirdar SINGH

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regimental Number: 3708, 3rd Light Horse

Age: 39 years on enlistment

Place of Enlistment: Adelaide, SA

Place of Birth: Doosanji, India

Occupation: Merchant

Marital Status: Single


13 Ada Street, Adelaide, South Australia

Brother: Mr Chununn SINGH, Doosanji, Jullunder, India 

Religion: Sikh

Previous Service: 4 years 7 months, 16th Bengal Lancers

Service Outline:

  • Served 4 years 7 months with the 16th Bengal Lancers.

  • 8th October 1917 - Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Adelaide and to camp Mitcham. (Recorded in local newspapers as normal)

  • 19th December 1917 - To 34th reinforcements for the 3rd Light Horse Regiment.

  • 16th January 1917 - Acting Lance Corporal.

  • 4th March 1918 - Train to Melbourne.

  • 7th March 1918 - Embarked Melbourne for the Middle East per Transport ‘Ormonde’.

  • 4th April 1918 - Disembarked Alexandria and to camp Moascar as Private.

  • 20th May 1918 - To Headquarters 1st Australian Mounted Division Cairo.

  • 6th August 1918 - To camp Moascar.

  • 30th August 1918 - Embarked Alexandria for ‘other reasons’ per Transport ‘Wiltshire’. Further, Australian Imperial Force Headquarters Cairo state the soldier and Desanda SINGH should return to Australia ‘owing to peculiar conditions existing in this theatre’.

  • 3rd October 1918 - Disembarked Adelaide.

  • 10th October 1918 - Discharged Adelaide ‘by direction of the authorities’ plus ‘Family reasons’ also recorded.

Other Information:

  • Awarded British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-1919.

  • Described as 67 inches tall, 150 pounds in weight, chest 36 to 38 inches, dark complexion, dark brown eyes and black hair.

  • Soldier also signed name as Sirdara SINGH.

  • Prominent among Adelaide Indian community circa 1922.

  • ‘Peculiar conditions’ may refer to the impending Egyptian Rebellion in and around Cairo which finally erupted in early 1919 with many casualties to the local populace, British and Australian troops.

  • Died Adelaide, South Australia 29th August 1950.

  • Noted Sirdar SINGH arrived Melbourne October 1900 per ‘Ismaila’.

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