Chhelu Ram

Chhelu Ram
Chhelu Ram
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 10 May 1905
Died 20 April 1943 (aged 37)
Djebel Garci, Tunisia
Buried at Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia
Allegiance British India
Service/branch British Indian Army
Rank Company Havildar-Major
Unit 4th Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles

World War II

Awards Victoria Cross

Chhelu Ram VC (10 May 1905 – 20 April 1943) was an Indian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was 37 years old, and a Company Havildar-Major in the 4/6th Rajputana Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On the night of 19/20 April 1943 at Djebel Garci, Tunisia, the advance of a battalion of the 5th Indian Infantry Brigade was held up by machine-gun and mortar fire. Company Havildar-Major Chhelu Ram dashed forward with a tommy-gun and killed the occupants of a post and then went to the aid of his company commander who had become a casualty. While doing so he was himself wounded, but taking command of the company, he led them in hand-to-hand fighting. He was again wounded, but continued rallying his men until he died.

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