SEVĀ SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1897-1921), one of the Nankāṇā Sāhib martyrs, was born in Magghar 1954 Bk/November-December 1897, the son of Bhāī Īshar Siṅgh and Māī Atto of Chakk No. 80 Nizāmpur Mūlā Siṅghvālā, district Sheikhūpurā. He attended the village primary school and also learnt laṇḍe or the Mahājani script traditionally used by businessmen. He received the rites of the Khālsā at Srī Akāl Takht Sāhib, Amritsar. He enlisted in the army and served with 23rd Cavalry. There he learnt some English and was soon promoted a dafādār (cavalry sergeant). During the Great War (1914-18) while his regiment went for field service abroad, Sevā Siṅgh remained behind as a clerk in the depot and was subsequently promoted head clerk. After the war, when he came home on three months' furlough, he heard about Gurdwārā Rikābgañj agitation. He applied for his discharge from the army, but his request was turned down. He nevertheless quit on medical grounds, and became an activist in the Akālī movement. He participated in the liberation of Gurdwārā Kharā Saudā, Chūhaṛkāṇā, and also registered himself as a volunteer for the liberation of gurdwārās at Nankāṇā Sāhib. He laid down his life on 20 February 1921 in the jathā led by Bhāī Lachhmaṇ Siṅgh of Dhārovālī.
The family declined to receive any pension from the Shiromaṇī Committee, Amritsar.
Gurcharan Siṅgh Giānī