Sepoy Sikandar Khan

Sikandar Khan, son of Arsla Khan and Bibi Rukhsana Khanum, was born in 1894 in the village of Dheri Talokar near the town of Haripur, Hazara Division, Pakistan. Sikandar was born into a distinguished and prominent family of the Tarin Tribe.

At the prompting of his brother-in-law, Jemadar Abdul Latif Khan (recipient of Indian Distinguished Service Medal and also of the 82nd Punjabis), Sikandar enrolled as a war volunteer in 1914 with the 82nd Punjabis Regiment of the British Indian Army and was sent to the Western Front.

Having been wounded, he was sent to the Royal Pavilion Hospital, Brighton where he succumbed to his injuries and passed away on 25 September 1915. He was buried at the Muslim War Cemetery in Woking.

Sikandar Khan’s family’s connections with Britain and the British Indian Army go back to the 1860s when his uncle, Sardar Habib Khan Tarin, a Risaldar of Cavalry (Junior Commissioned Officer, the highest rank for an Indian soldier) served in Bengal and Bihar. Habib Khan and his wife, Mst Noor Begum (Sikindar Khan’s aunt), had only one son, Sahib Abdul Majid Khan Tarin OBE (1877-1939), the only nephew of Sikandar Khan. He was a barrister (Lincoln's Inn, see records for 1901-1902), a magistrate and later a Deputy Commissioner.

After retirement he was elected as MP from Haripur to the first Provincial Assembly in 1936. Majid Khan’s son, Abdus Salim Khan (1907 – 1957), served in the Indian Political Service and, after independence, in Pakistan’s Foreign Service. He died on duty as Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner to the UK in June 1957. His son, Dr Javed Salim Khan, is the last family member to pay respects at the grave of Sikandar Khan while studying at Cambridge University.

As Sikandar had no direct descendants, it is this side of his family tree that survives and his distant relatives, Omer Salim Khan (a prominent poet and social activists) and Abdul Naguib Khan and their families, who reside in the family house in Dheri Talokar.

Sadly no photos of Sikandar Khan could be located.