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Sikh-Briton Soldier Honoured by QueenDate: Friday, 27 July, 2012



BY TINA JUNDAY


A Sikh-Briton soldier who has served in the British army for more than 30 years has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth for his contribution to ethnic minorities.

Capt Makand Singh was presented with an MBE (Order of the British Empire) by the Princess Royal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace attended by his wife Bindi.

He is captain of the 159 Supply Regiment and based at its Coventry Headquarters in Canley.

The 51-year-old, born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, joined the army in 1977 with the Royal Army Ordinance Corps. In the late 1990s he joined the army's recruiting organisation where his work has opened doors for ethnic minorities wishing to sign up.

Makand's dad Baldev Singh was the first turban-wearing Sikh soldier while serving with the Royal Army Services Corps.

He said: "I am very honoured to receive the MBE. I have enjoyed my whole career with the army but for the last 10 years helping to make an army career accessible to communities has been particularly rewarding."

There are 95 Sikhs in the British Army.

Original Article from sikhchic.com

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