Darwan Singh Negi VC.
British Indian Army 1st Battalion 39th Garhwal Rifles
Darwan Singh Negi was a Naik in the 1st Battalion, 39th Garhwal Rifles, when he was awarded the VC, the citation was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 4 December 1914, and reads:
"His Majesty the King-Emperor has been graciously pleased to approve of the grant of the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned soldiers of the Indian Army for conspicuous bravery whilst serving with the Indian Army Corps, British Expeditionary Force: 1909, Naik Darwan Sing Negi, 1st Battalion, 39th Garhwal Rifles. For great gallantry on the night of the 23rd-24th November, near Festubert, France, when the regiment was engaged in retaking and clearing the enemy out of our trenches, and, although wounded in two places in the head, and also in the arm, being one of the first to push round each successive traverse, in the face of severe fire from bombs and rifles at the closest range."