Order of British India

Order of British India
Order of British India
OBI 1939-1947 1.jpg
1939–1947 version First Class
OBI 1939-1947 2.jpg
1939–1947 version Second Class
Awarded by British Empire
Type military decoration
Awarded for long, faithful and honourable service
Status no longer awarded after 1947
Post-nominals OBI
Bahadur (hero) Second Class
Sardar Bahadur (heroic leader) First Class
Established 1837
Next (higher) Royal Red Cross (Class II)
Next (lower) Kaisar-i-Hind[1]
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Original Ribbon 1837–1838
OBI 1838-1939.jpg
Second Ribbon 1838–1939

The Order of British India was a medal and chivalric order which was bestowed by the East India Company for "long, faithful and honourable service", beginning in 1837. The Company's powers were removed after the Indian Mutiny, and the Order was incorporated into the British honours system in 1859. The order became obsolete in 1947, after the partition of British India betwixt the Union of India and the Dominion of Pakistan.


The Medal

The Order was awarded in two classes: first and second class. The recipients of the second class were entitled to the post nominal title Bahadur (hero) and recipients of the first class were entitled to use the title Sardar Bahadur (heroic leader), and the post nominal letters OBI. The order was highly regarded[citation needed] and was awarded for distinguished service on a particular campaign, but was also often awarded to officers for between 20 and 30 years service.


The following is an incomplete list of people appointed to the Order of British India:

First Class

  • Sardar Bahadur Captain Kalandar Khan Khattak of Jalozai-Noshera, (Cheif of Khattaks, OBI & Zailidar of Peshawar, Dehli & Lahore)
  • Sardar Bahadur Subedar-Major"Bahadour" Oomar Khan, OBI (1st Class)2nd Baluch 29th Regt.BO;N.I. 1880.
  • Lt Gen Raosahib M. Ellapa Bahadur OBI (1st Class)
  • Capt Sardar Zain Muhammad Khan,Sardar Bahadur,OBI
  • Lt Col Sardar Bahadur Aman Singh Jodha,OBI,IOM Jodhpur Lancers (IOM on 23 September 1918 at Haifa)
  • Colonel (Sardar Bahadur) Hashim Ali Khan, Nawab Mir Hahsim Nawaz Jung Bahadur,SB OBI (1st Class) (1897)[2]
  • Subedar Major Bahadur Singh Atwal, SB, OBI (1st Class)
  • HE Lieutenant Colonel Raja Atta Ullah Khan, Sardar Bahadur, OBI (1st Class) (1868), IOM[3]
  • Captain (Sardar Bahadur) Muhammad Ismail, IOM (3rd Class 1897). OBI (1st Class 1917), British Indian Army[4]
  • Sardar Bahadur Captain Hazara Singh Bahad, OBI (1st Class)
  • Subedar Major Jodh Singh, Sardar Bahadur OBI (1st Class), 14th Punjab Regiment British Indian Army.
  • Subedar Hari Singh Thapa Sardar Bahadur, OBI (1st Class)
  • Captain Raja Larasahib Khan, OBI (1st Class 1939)
  • Subedar Major Raja Nazar Muhammad Khan IOM Bahadur.
  • Captain Rup Singh Sardar Bahadur, OBI (1st Class)
  • Captain Nar Bahadur Gurung, SB, OBI (1st Class), MC
  • Sardar Bahadur Dr. Kartar Singh Grewal, OBI (1st Class 1939), (Honorary Captain, Retired)
  • lt col Anop Singh, Jodhpur Lancers
  • Captain Inayat Ullah Asmie, Bahadur OBI, (died 1947, Lahore), 10 Baluch Regiment, served in 2 World Wars, as Subedar and Captain (King's Commission).

Captain Inayat Ullah Asmi

Photo: Late Captain Inayat Ullah Asmie, Bahadur OBI

  • Honorary Captain Mihr Din (Sardar Bahadur), OBI (1st Class 1918)

Captain Mihr Din

Second Class

  • Capt. Syed Rasool Shah S/O Syed Fazal Shah, OBI (2nd Class), RIASC, PJO_31511.
  • Subedar Maima Singh Bahadur IOM, OBI (2nd Class) 15th Bengal Infantry.
  • Subedar Bahadur Niaz Muhammad Khan, OBI (2nd Class), IOM. 4/7 Rajput Regiment, British Indian Army
  • Subedar-Major Bahadur Jagindar Singh Saini, OBI (2nd Class), IOM (2nd Class)[5]
  • Lieutenant Mohammed Abdul Hafiz, 61st Pnrs., BAHADUR, OBI, IDSM, awarded on August 2, 1919 for "gallant and distinguished services in the Field" on October 11, 1917.
  • Subedaier Bahadur Humail Khan, OBI (2nd Class)
  • Subedar Richhpal Singh Bahadur, OBI (2nd Class)[6]
  • Subedar Major/Capt Bishon Singh Kathait 5/9 G/r/OBI/ Sardar bhadur 2 world war

Unknown Class

  • Captain Nawab Khan, OBI
  • Rao Bahadur Colonel Thakur Balu Singh ji Inderpura, OBI
  • Captain Mubarak Ali Khan, OBI
  • Sub Major Syed Nazar Mohammad Shah, OBI Bahadar


  1. ^ ORDERS OF WEAR, Website of the UK government: Directgov, date accessed 2011-03-29.
  2. ^ Various (March 15, 2007). Hyderabad State List of Leading Officials, Nobles and Personages. Potter Press. pp. 4. ISBN 1406731374. http://books.google.com/books?id=UM-HUdTLTWAC&lpg=RA1-PT9&dq=%22Hashim%20Ali%20Khan%22%2C%20Hyderabad&pg=RA1-PT8. 
  3. ^ Hodson's Horse by Cardew 1876 & Testimonials published by Punjab Govt. 1900 and List of British Agents in Afghanistan. He was resident of Wazirabad and grandson of Raja of Rajawar (Rajouri)
  4. ^ Captain (Sardar Bahadur) Muhammad Ismail, 32nd Mountain Battery British India Army received the following orders and decorations for his meritorious and gallantry services : IOM (3rd Class) 10 Jun 1897 , OBI (2nd Class) 9th Oct 1909 , Royal Victorian Medal 1910 , OBI (1st Class) 1917. He was selected as ADC to King George V and a member of the five men Indian contingent participated in the coronation of King George V. appointments and his OBI, IOM awards are recorded in both [GGO[L/Mil/17/2, L/Mil/17/5] and the India Gazette [V/II].
  5. ^ "his conspicuous gallantry in action on the 17th November 1914 when with a party of Sappers under the command of a British Officer he was always to the fore and led his men with great determination into the enemy's trenches. Subedar-Major Jagindar Singh, Saini Sikh of Kheri Salabatpur in Bupar, gained the 2nd Class Order of Merit at the battle of Loos in Belgium for striking leadership and conspicuous bravery in action after most of his company and all but one British Officer in his regiment had been killed or wounded. This officer was also awarded the 2nd Class of the Order of British India for distinguished conduct in the field."War speeches (1918), pp 129, Author: O'Dwyer, Michael Francis, (Sir) 1864–, Subject: World War, 1914–1918; World War, 1914–1918 — Punjab Publisher: Lahore Printed by the Superintendent Government Printing
  6. ^ Subedar Richhpal Singh Bahadur was Mentioned in (the C-in-C's) Despatches for the operation in the Western Desert, Libya and Cyzinaica in December 1940 and again for distinguished services in Italy.
  • Peter Duckers, British Orders And Decorations, Shire Publications, Buckinghamshire, 2004

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