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Arur Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1872-1921)

Bhai Arur Singh was born in November 1872 at Thothian village in Amritsar district, the son of Bhai Nihal Singh and Mai Jio. His education was limited to reading and writing the Gurmukhi script which he learnt in the village gurdwara. He grew up into a tall young man and enlisted in 126th Baluch Battalion in British times but having been on active service only for three years came back as a reservist. He was recalled for active service at the outbreak of the First Great War in 1914.

After his final retirement at the end of the war he started taking interest in the matter of reforming the management of the gurdwaras, then engaging the attention of the Sikh Panth. He received afresh the Khalsa Pahul at the instance of Bhai Mill Singh Garmula.

He joined the reformers' column led by Bhai Lachhman Singh massacred at Nankana Sahib on 20 February 1921.

Source: TheSikhEncyclopedia.Com

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