The Untold Story of Sepoy 9680, Kartar Singh

Discover the remarkable journey of Sepoy Kartar Singh, a brave soldier of the 2/14th Punjab Regiment during World War II. 

Honoring a Hero: The Life and Legacy of Kartar Singh Dosanjh

Kartar Singh Dosanjh was born in 1896 in Tangra, Amritsar, Punjab. Raised in a traditional Sikh household, he worked as a farmer before enlisting in the Indian Army in 1930, joining the 2/14 Punjab Regiment. He served in various locations, including Hong Kong, where he was captured by Japanese forces in 1941. Enduring harsh conditions as a POW, he later joined the Indian National Army (INA) in 1944, contributing to wartime efforts in Singapore and Johore. Kartar’s life reflects resilience and dedication, from a farmer to a soldier, and enduring as one of the oldest in his battalion. He passed away in 1977, leaving behind a legacy of perseverance and strength.

This website is dedicated to preserving and sharing the remarkable story of Kartar Singh Dosanjh, offering insights into his life, military service, and the broader historical context of his time. Through detailed accounts, photographs, and personal anecdotes, we aim to honor his memory and provide a comprehensive resource for those interested in the history of the 2/14 Punjab Regiment and the Indian National Army.


Kartar Singh was born in Tangra in 1896 to Nihal Singh and Lakshmi. He worked as a farmer in Tangra before enlisting in the Indian Army’s 2/14 Punjab Regiment in Ferozepore during the 1930s.


Kartar Singh set sail for Hong Kong with his comrades from Calcutta after the 2/14 Punjab Regiment received orders to deploy there.

Hong Kong

Kartar Singh fought in the Battle of Hong Kong valiantly but was captured by the Japanese on 25 Dec 1941 and taken POW. 


In Jun 1944, Kartar Singh travelled to Singapore to enlist in the Indian National Army (INA) and served in Singapore under Japanese occupation. He  subsequently witnessed the British recapture in Sep 1945 and was imprisoned by three months before being repatriated to India in 1946.