VARYĀM SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1881-1921), one of the Nankāṇā Sāhib martyrs, was born on 31 July 1881, the son of Bhāī Dūlā Siṅgh and Māī Hukamī, a Mazhabī Sikh couple of the village of Sutovāl, in Amritsar district. Dūlā Siṅgh had a large family of five sons and four daughters and Varyām Siṅgh was the eldest of the sons. In 1893, the family moved to Chakk No. 64 Baṇḍālā Nihāleāṇā in Lyallpur district. Varyām Siṅgh enlisted in the army during the First Great War (1914-18) and served in the 8th Battalion. There he underwent the vows of the Khālsā, and also learnt to read and write Gurmukhī. He returned home after the war ended and enlisted as an Akālī volunteer. He participated in the liberation of Gurdwārā Bhāī Jogā Siṅgh at Peshāwar. As the call came from Nankāṇā, he joined up forthwith and fell a martyr in the firing upon the jathā inside the compound of Gurdwārā Janam Asthān, in the morning hours of 20 February 1921.
The Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee, Amritsar, sanctioned a pension of Rs 175 per annum for his mother, who after imbibing the holy amrit was renamed Hukam Kaur.
Gurcharan Siṅgh Giānī