Private Sarn Singh A.I.F – WWI
Sarn Singh (sic Saran Singh Johal) was the eldest of the six son’s of Chaudhri Kishen Singh who was Zaildar of Jandiala, Phillaur, Tehsil, Jalandhar, Punjab, India. His brother Charan Singh mentioned in his Will.
Sarn (sic. Saran) Singh’s memory was honoured in June 1918 ” His duty nobly done” by his friend and executor of his will, Amon Bux and Jean St Claire the widow of Private John Edward Harold Norman St. Claire (affectionately known as “Pat and “Paddy”), who was also killed in action in Belgium on the 12 June 1917. It seems that “Pat” and Sarn (sic. Saran) were friends in Adelaide or became friends when they enlisted in the same day, the 15 May 1916 in Adelaide, SA.
Len Kenna and Crystal Jordan have done the original research of Sikhs And Indians in the Australian Defence Forces. We thank Sarn Singh Johal’s Family for contacting us and assisting us with more information so we could honour Sarn in a respectful way.
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- NAA: B2455, SINGH SARN
- Australian War Memorial.
- The Ballarat Courier Vic. 7 July 1917, p. 4.
- Advertiser Adelaide SA, July 1917 p. 8.
- Chronicle Adelaide SA Sat 15 June 1918 p. 28.
- Zail Book of War Record Zail Jandiala.
- Sarn (sic. Saran) Singh’s Family.