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Ram, Richhpal

Date of birth:
August 20th, 1899 (Tehsil, Rajputana, India)
Date of death:
February 12th, 1941 (Keren, Eritrea, Ethiopia)
Buried on:
Keren Cremation Memorial
Service number:
7055/IO
Nationality:
Indian (1858-1947, British Colony)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Subadar (Captain)
Unit:
6th Rajputana Rifles, Indian Army
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1941
Citation:
"During the assault on enemy positions in front of Keren, Eritrea, on the night of 7-8th February, 1941, Subadar Richpal Ram, who was second-in-command of a leading company, insisted on accompanying the forward platoon and led its attack on the first objective with great dash and gallantry. His company commander being then wounded, he assumed command of the company, and led the attack of the remaining two platoons to the final objective. In face of heavy fire, some thirty men with this officer at their head rushed the objective with the bayonet and captured it. The party was completely isolated, but under the inspiring leadership of Subadar Richpal Ram, it beat back six enemy counter-attacks between midnight and 0430 hours. By now, ammunition had run out, and this officer extricated his command and fought his way back to his battalion with a handful of survivors through the surrounding enemy.
Again, in the attack on the same position on 12th February, this officer led the attack of his company. He pressed on fearlessly and determinedly in the face of heavy and accurate fire, and by his personal example inspired his company with his resolute spirit until his right foot was blown off. He then suffered further wounds from which he died. While lying wounded he continued to wave his men on, and his final words were " We'll capture the objective ".
The heroism, determination and devotion to duty shown by this officer were beyond praise, and provided an inspiration to all who saw him."
Richpal Ram, cremated Karen, Eritrea, Africa.
Name on the Karen Memorial.
Victoria Cross (VC)

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