Great War Mesopotamia Retreat to Kut single Indian Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Lance Naik Hari Ram, 24th Punjabis, Indian Army, whose regiment fought in Mesopotamia in the Battle of Shaiba from 12th to 14th April 1915, the Battle of Cte...

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Condition: name spelt ‘Hariram’ on medal, Nearly Extremely Fine.
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Great War Mesopotamia Retreat to Kut single Indian Distinguished Service Medal awarded to Lance Naik Hari Ram, 24th Punjabis, Indian Army, whose regiment fought in Mesopotamia in the Battle of Shaiba from 12th to 14th April 1915, the Battle of Ctesiphon from 22nd to 25th November 1915, and then during the siege of Kut from 7th December 1915. Hari Ram was twice decorated during the retreat to and operations at Kut, he being initially awarded a Mention in Despatches in the Indian Army Orders No.776 of 1916, and then the Indian Distinguished Service Medal in Indian Army Orders No.1357 of 1917. He was however also taken prisoner, and died of disease whilst in captivity on 16th February 1916. His medal is a superb example of type.

Indian Distinguished Service Medal, GVR Crowned head bust; (4417 LCE: NAIK HARI RAM 24TH: PJBS.)

Condition: name spelt ‘Hariram’ on medal, Nearly Extremely Fine.

Hari Ram was the son of Gurdas, of Mowa Kholan, Una, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, and saw service as a Lance Naik (No.4417) with the 24th Punjabis, Indian Army during the Great War, being present on operations in Mesopotamia. The 24th Punjabis fought in the Battle of Shaiba from 12th to 14th April 1915, the Battle of Ctesiphon from 22nd to 25th November 1915, and then during the siege of Kut from 7th December 1915.

Hari Ram greatly distinguished himself during the retreat to Kut, being initially awarded a Mention in Despatches in the Indian Army Orders No.776 of 1916, and then the Indian Distinguished Service Medal in Indian Army Orders No.1357 of 1917.

It was around the time of the siege that Hari Ram was taken prisoner of war by the Ottoman Turkish forces, and he died of disease whilst in their captivity on 16th February 1916. Initially reported as having been buried in the Mosul Prisoners-of-War Cemetery, he had no marked grave, and is now commemorated by name on the Basra Memorial