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Dal Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1885-1921)

Dal Singh was born on 8 Assu 1942 Bk / 23 September 1885, the son of Bhai Musadda Singh and Mai Gulabi, a Kamboj couple of Nizampur village in Amritsar district. The family later migrated to Chakk No. 38 Nizampur Deva Singhvala in the newly developed canal district of Sheikhupura, now in Pakistan. Dal Singh remained illiterate, but had committed to memory several of the religious and historical compositions. He also listened regularly to the local granthi reading from the Akali, a newspaper floated by Akali reformers in May 1920. He had already received the pahul or vows of the Khalsd. He was one of the fifteen Sikhs of his village who joined Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali's jatha or batch of volunteers and laid down their lives for the liberation of Gurdwara Janam Asthan, Nankana Sahib, on 20 February 1921.

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