Pratap Singh of Idar
Pratap Singh of Idar, the Lieutenant-General, serves as a career in British-Indian Army. Maharaja of Idar, Gujarat, and Heir to Ahmednagar, Pratap Singh valor of bravery scribbled in the books of history, and he was the torchbearer of the courage of Rajput’s.
He was the man who worked for the British India Army and also serves as Chief Minister and Regent of Jodhpur for four decades.
The man remembered for his services to his birth city Jodhpur, and British India Army, he fought four battles and served until his demise as a brave soldier.
Pratap Singh got accolades by many British Empire and honoured by prestigious awards for his services and bravery.
Even at old age, he was capable of commanding an army in World War 1; such is the legend was the man Pratap Singh of Idar.
About Pratap Singh
Pratap Singh was born on 22 October 1845; he was the third son of Maharaja of Jodhpur Takht Singh and his first wife, Gulab Kunwarji Maji.
His early education completed privately, and he got administrative training under Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur, the great administer and king of his time.
This training of him from the Maharaja of Jaipur led him to correctly deliver his services to the royal houses of Jodhpur and the British India Army. He travelled to Europe and had an excellent relationship with Queen Victoria and her family.
He also serves Edvaed VII as an aide-de-camp from 1897 to 1910. Pratap Singh lives as a brave man, great administer, and a great soldier and Lieutenant General. He died on 4 September 1922 at Jodhpur, and his last rites performed in Jodhpur.
Pratap Singh was the descendent of the royal Jodhpur family, the Maharaja of Jodhpur. He was the third son of Maharaja of Jodhpur Takht Singh and his first wife, Gulab Kunwarji Maji.
As he was third in succession for Maharaja of Jodhpur and after his father’s death in 1873 he served as Chief Minister of Jodhpur under his elder brother regime at the city.
He never gets the Gaddi of Jodhpur as after his elder brother’s death he served as regent to his fifteen-year-old nephew and after his demise in 1911 he served as regent for his grand-nephew and heir to the throne of Jodhpur.
Though he never gets a chance to be the Maharaja of Jodhpur, however, he was always loyal to his family and never betrayed or rebel against his royal family.
Nothing is much recorded in the books of history about his early life, though his accolades are still chanting in Jodhpur and Idar.
After his father’s death, Pratap Singh serves as Chief Minister of Jodhpur under his elder brother from 1878 to 1895.
After his brother died in 1895 he served as regent to his nephew who was fifteen years old at that time; he helps him until 1898. After that, he served as the Maharaja of Idar from 1902 to 1911. Then he resigned from the throne and return to Jodhpur.
On his return to Jodhpur, he served as regent to his grand-nephew from 1911 to 1918. After that, he helps his second grand-nephew from 1918 to 1922 until his demise.
Meanwhile, he serves as a soldier and Lieutenant General in the British India Army and also aide-de-camp to Edward VII from 1887 to 1910. He was close to Edward’s son the future George V of the United Kingdom.
He spent his life as an astute administrator, regent, brave soldier, and inspirational Lieutenant General. He maintained his nobleness throughout his life and died as a great man.
Battles Pratap Singh fought
He serves as a commissioner in the Jodhpur Risalda in 1878; Pratap Singh also served during Second Afghan War.
After that he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 1887, he also served under General Ellis in 1897. He served in Tirah Campaign in 1898 under General William Lockhart in this war he was wounded.
In 1898 he was promoted to the honorary Colonel; he was the commander during Boxer Rebellion during Jodhpur Contingent. He was also promoted to an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath.
His bravery and commanding capability were of such caliber that at an older age of 70, Pratap Singh commanded his regiments bravely during First World War in France and Flander from 1914-1915 and he also takes part in Palestine Mandate at Haifa and Aleppo.
He fought a total of four wars and participated in each battle with bravery and leaves an inspirational figure during his services.
He was the man and soldier of high values, and his capability of commanding armies bravely is unmatchable.
Due to which he was one of the most decorated Rajput figures of his time. He serves as a soldier for the British India Army and remains one until his demise.
Titles and Achievements
- Empress of India Gold Medal in 1877
- Medal receive for Afghanistan war in 1878
- Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Medal in 1887
- Diamond Jubilee War 1897
- Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India 1897
- India Medal 1898
- Kaisar-e-Hind Medal 1st class 1900
- China War Medal 1901
- Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1911
- British War Medal in 1918
- Inter-Allied Victory Medal in 1918
- Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath 1918
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Nile of Egypt 1918
- Grand Officer of the Legion d’Honneur in 1918
- Jodhpur Great War Medal in 1919
- Grand Cross of the Star of Romania in 1921
Along with these titles, he got achievements throughout his life during different regimes and kings, he was starting from a soldier and died as a Lieutenant General. Meanwhile, he gave his services as regent to his nephew and grand-nephew.
As a Chief Minister of Jodhpur during his brother’s regime. He was also the Maharaja of Idar and known as Pratap Singh of Idar because of that.