Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jai Singh Mann

Jai Singh Mann13 Jul, 2008 9:36 AM
Jai Singh: married his daughter Mai Mann to Mahan Singh Sukarcharia, and although this lady bore no children, yet the alliance very materially helped to build up the family fortunes. Under Ranjit Singh the family was very powerful, and at one time there was no less than twenty two members of it holding military appointments of trust and honour. Sardar Jai Singh died young, but his sons were confirmed it had possession of their father's estates. Diwan singh did not long survive his father, and Mihir Singh the second son was killed in Kashmir in 1814. Jiodh Singh, who was a colonel with jagirs worth Rs7,550 joined the rebels with his nephew Jamiyal Singh, but returned to Lahore before the end of the campaign. The jagirs of this branch of the family were resumed after annexation. Jodh Singh was allowed a pension of Rs 720 which he still holds. Fateh Singh son of Sardar Diwan Singh was orignally one of Ranjit Singhs orderlies. He was made adjutant of military , and under Sardar Jawahar Singh commandant. After the Satlej campaign, Raja Lal Singh appointed him commandant in his Cousin Budh Singh's regiment on Rs 1,800 a month. He was with his cousin during the disturbances of 1848, and joined Captain Nicholson at the same time with him. One Third of his salary of Rs. 1800 was granted to him for life. In 1862, he was appointed Honorary Magistrate of Gujranwala. Anup Singh the eldest son of Jodah Singh enters the first Sikh irregular cavalry, afterwards better known as "Probyn's Horse" where it was first raised in August 1857, under the orders of Sir John Lawrence. After the fall of Delhi, Anup Singh accompanied the regiment to Oude and was present at the capture of Lukhnow in March, 1858. He served through the whole of the Baiswarra campaign, in the hot weather of 1858; and in the spring of 1859 in the Trans Gogra campaign. Where the fighting was the sharpest the 1st Sikhs were always to be found; and among many brave men Anup Singh distinguished himself for his cool and determined courage. During the Hindostan Campaign he was four times wounded, and had three horses wounded under him. In January 1860, he volunteered for China with his regiment and served with great credit throughout the campaign. He was again wounded, and his horse was again wounded under him. The regiment was present with the force, during the late disturbances on the north – west frontier; and, on one occasion, when it was engaged with the bonairs, at Ambeyla, Anup Singh particularly distinguished himself and was very severely wounded in single combat with one of the enemy. He was twice received the order of valor for bravery in the field and has been granted a jagir of Rs500 per annum. The services of Anup Singh deserve especial notice. He is one of the finest native officer in the army; of undoubted loyalty, of conspicuous bravery, and a worthy representative of the old and gallant family to which he belongs.Gurbaksh Singh his younger brother, was allowed by the commander – in –chief, in compliment to Anup Singh, to enter his brother’s regiment, when a child only 10 years of age. Ganda Singh son of Sher Singh also enlisted in the regiment in 1857, and served with the corps till its return from China in 1861. He then took his discharge and is at present in civil employ at Gujranwala. Joala Singh son of Fatah Singh entered the regiment with Anup Singh. He was a very promising soldier, and was killed in action at Nawabgang.

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