Born in Pakistan, Khan was the first member of the Indian Army to be awarded the Victoria Cross. During the first Battle of Ypres, Khan’s Baluchi regiment was rushed in to support the diminishing British troops.
The out-numbered regiment was stormed by the German forces entering his trench as he manned his machine gun. Every Baluchi soldier was killed at close range by bullets or bayonets. Khan was the last soldier to remain at his station, manning his gun and preventing the Germans from making a final breakthrough. Heavily injured and being left for dead, he managed to crawl back to his Allied regiment at night.
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