Veteran Centenarian Lt Col Sumer Singh Shekhawat, MBE (Retd), the lone surviving founding member of the Rajasthan State Ex-services League, completed 100 years on Tuesday, March 15.
Born on 15 March 1916 at Gangiasar in Jhunjhunu district, he completed his graduation from Maharaja College and was commissioned in 1939 in Sawai Man Guards, the erstwhile state forces. As a young officer, he saw the combat in North West Frontier in 1940 and later in World War II in 1941-43 (as part of Eighth Army) in Africa and subsequently fought in Italy in 1944 and was awarded M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire).
Closer home, at the time of Independence, a seasoned soldier by then, he led his company into attack at Laddigalli in J&K in 1947-48 where his unit 17 RAJPUTANA RIFLES (SAWAI MAN) was awarded the Battle Honour of LADDIGALI.
He is a proud father of two sons, both of whom have served the Indian Army as Lieutenant Generals- Lt Gen KDS Shekhawat, PVSM, VSM ( 3rd Cavalry) and Lt Gen KK Singh, PVSM, SM, VSM( AMC), presently the MD of Santokhba Durlabhji Hosp, Jaipur.
Being a proud day for the armed forces and the Rajasthan State Ex Services League led by Lt Gen Sumer Singh, AVSM (Retd) organised an elegant ceremony to honour the Veteran. A large number of veterans to include his two sons, Lt Gen KDS Shekhawat, (Retd), Lt Gen KK Singh (Retd), Brig KS Rathore, Director Sainik Kalyan, Brig Bhagwan Singh, Ex Director Sainik Kalyan, Brig Kartar Singh & Col NS Janu, Ex -Presidents RSESL and others from across the entire state attended the ceremony and felicitated the grand old veteran.