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Bhai Ishar Singh

Bhai Ishar Singh( 1888 - 1921), one of the Nankana Sahib martyrs, was born at Rupovali in Gurdaspur district on 13 Savan 1945 BK/27 July 1888, the elder son of Bhai Vadhava Singh and Mai Lachhmi. Around 1906, the family migrated to Chakk No. 33 Dharovali in Sheikhupura district in search of a better living. At Dharovali contact with Lachhman Singh, who was a devout Sikh, changed the course of his life. He started to learn reading and writing Gurmukhi and went through the Khalsa rites of pahul. He journeyed with him to the Nankana Sahib and was in his jatha (group) of Akali reformers which was massacred to the last man, on the fateful morning of 20 February 1921. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee settled upon his widow a pension of Rs 11.5 per month and paid Rs 410 in lump sum to discharge the family debt.

Reference: Shamsher, Gurbakhsh Singh, Shahidi Jivan. Nankana Sahib, 1938.

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