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Varyam Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1881-1921)

Was born on 31 July 1881, the son of Bhai Dula Singh and Mai Hukami, a Mazhabi Sikh couple of the village of Sutoval, in Amritsar district. Dula Singh had a large family of five sons and four daughters and Varyam Singh was the eldest of the sons. In 1893, the family moved to Chakk No. 64 Bandala Nihaleana in Lyallpur district. Varyam Singh enlisted in the army during the First Great War (1914-18) and served in the 8th Battalion. There he underwent the vows of the Khalsa, and also learnt to read and write Gurmukhi. He returned home after the war ended and enlisted as an Akali volunteer. He participated in the liberation of Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh at Peshawar. As the call came from Nankana, he joined up forthwith and fell a martyr in the firing upon the jatha inside the compound of Gurdwara Janam Asthan, in the morning hours of 20 February 1921.

Source: TheSikhEncyclopedia.Com

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