Beneath Saragarhi’s ruined walls, They found a fitting grave; For Saragarhi bears the fame, They gave their lives to save. From Khalsa Bahadur, an epic poem written by Chuhar Singh
The Battle of Saragarhi is known as one of the greatest last stands in military history. On 12 September 1897, 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th battalion of the Sikh regiment of the British Army, led by Havildar Ishar Singh, fought to their death against an army of over ten thousand marauding Orakzai and Afridi tribesmen. Although they were offered safe passage, they fought on to delay any attacks on other forts in the area. All of the soldiers were decorated with the highest military honour available, The Indian Order of Merit.