Jemadar Pir Khan – Royal Corps of Engineers, British Indian Army, World War 2
Tochi Road, Bannu, Waziristan, – Awarded 28th June 1940
Jemadar Pir Khan was travelling along the Tochi Road, towards Bannu, with his regiment. During his journey, he and his squadron were ambushed. Pir Khan placed himself in a dangerous firing position, and repelled multiple attempts by the enemy to outflank and overwhelm them. While under fire, Pir Khan also assisted his comrades who were injured and dying.
Pir Khan only had 3 of his 50 original bullets remaining when his efforts forced the enemy to retreat. For his actions he was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal, which was converted into the George Cross.