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jemadar

(ˈdʒɛməˌdɑː)
n
1. (Military) a native junior officer belonging to a locally raised regiment serving as mercenaries in India, esp with the British Army (until 1947)
2. an officer in the Indian police
[C18: from Urdu jama `dār, from Persian jama `at body of men + dār having]
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So in the market-place there reigns perpetual excitement, a nameless hubbub, made up of the cries of mixed-breed porters and carriers, the beating of drums, and the twanging of horns, the neighing of mules, the braying of donkeys, the singing of women, the squalling of children, and the banging of the huge rattan, wielded by the jemadar or leader of the caravans, who beats time to this pastoral symphony.
We also honour the three soldiers Sepoy Khudad Khan, Jemadar Mir Dast and Naik Shahamad Khan from the areas comprising Pakistan who were awarded Britain's highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross, during the First World War'.
But even lone travellers typically hired a jemadar (personal servant), pack animal(s) (with their respective drivers) and chauprassies (caste-specific servants).
During WW1 three soldiers from Pakistan Sepoy Khudadad Khan Naik Shahamad Khan and Jemadar Mir Dast were awarded the VC for extraordinary acts of courage.
Through its 1st 3rd9th and 7th Battalion VC's were awarded to Lieutenant William Bruce at Givenchy France in 1914; Captain Eustace Jotham at Tochi Valley in January 1914; and the third of the indigenous recipients Jemadar Mir Dast for his heroic actions at Wieltie Belgium in April 1915.
to Brigadier Eastern Command from Jemadar District Jullundur, Punjab, 22 September 1947, quoted in Sir Francis Tuker, While Memory Serves, (London 1967) p.
Against Imamura's contention, the chief witness appearing in most of the Indian cases, Jemadar Chint Singh, maintained that although some Indian officers had collaborated with the Japanese, the leaders of those refusing to join the INA had, in effect, been forced to join by threat of starvation and torture.
102) NAA: A471, 80749--Exhibit G: Statement by Jemadar Chint Singh--Trial of Capt Mitsuba Hisanco et al.
Or what about Jemadar Ali Haidar, who won the Victoria Cross in Italy in 1944, or even Darwan Sing Negi, who won his VC in France in 1914?
According to Jemadar Chint Singh, a key witness in the story of Indians in New Guinea, the Indians were at first accommodated in a swamp about eight kilometres from Wewak Point, between the sea and a creek.
The plaque honours the bravery of Sepoy Khudadad Khan the first South Asian and Muslim recipient of the Victoria Cross Jemadar Mir Dast and Naik Shahamad Khan, who were all awarded Britain's highest award for gallantry during the First World War.