Lieutenant General Premindra
Singh Bhagat VC, PVSM (14
October 1918 – 23 May
1975) was an officer in the Indian Army during World War
II and a 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, and the
PVSM, India's highest
military service award. The Victoria
Cross was conferred on him for his actions in the Sudan theatre
during the World War II.
Bhagat is an alumnus of the famous Prince of Wales Royal Indian
Military College, Dehradun.
born on 14 October 1918 in Gorakhpur, British India.
He attended the Royal
Indian Military College
, a public school in Dheradun
, and the Indian Military Academy
. He was
commissioned in the British Indian
on 15 July 1939. He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant General in the Indian Army, serving as the General Officer
Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Central Command, and later
raised the Northern Command which is headquartered in Udhampur, Jammu and
Kashmir as its first GOC-in_C.
He was also awarded
the Param Vishisht Seva
(PVSM), India's highest military service medal.
When he was not appointed as the Chief of Army Staff
by Indira Gandhi
seniority, he chose to sidestep out of the Army on deputation to
the Damodar Valley
where he made a definite impact in improving the
organisation's working climate, ethos and productivity.
The Victoria Cross
He was 22 years old, and a Second
(King's Commissioned Indian
) in the Corps of
, Indian Army
Royal Bombay Sappers and
during the Second World War
when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the