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Dear Members of the Corps of Signals fratenity,
With grief we are posting details of our colleagues who leave for their heavenly abode. We request members to forward their "shradhanjali". Kindly share with us the photographs, fond memories and association.
We await tributes from associates/ course mates for publication.
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  • Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    Brig GS Sidhu, AVSM

    YO 15 Course - Tactical Wing School of Signals 15th Young Officers Course 1955
    Sitting -Bhagwan Krishan Mathur, Pran Nath, Capt Sethi, Maj G S Sidhu, Capt George Paisley, Balasunramniana Nagaraj
    Standing- RN Pandit, C V S Deshmukh, Inder Raj Anand, Surender Nath Sood, Yesh Pal Gupta, Vinod Kumar Arora, Author, Satish Chandra, BP Nigam Standing rear- G P Rao, MR Iyenger, Vishnu Prakash Singh Srivastava, Gopal Krishan Malik, Divender Singh Cheema, Vyacharya Subrramaniam Balan, RS Dhyani, SK Rawala.

    Group Photo taken at the time of posting out of Lt Col GS Sidhu- 1963
    Sitting L to R– Capt Gurmukh Singh, Capt Sushil Nath, Maj K S Oberoi, Lt Col A M David, Lt Col GS Siddhu, Maj Dogra, Maj JL Ratan
    Standing – Capt V K Pachauri, Author, Capt SN Sood, Capt Raj Saran, Capt DS Cheema.

    I knew Brig Sidhu as seen from the eyes of a 2nd lieutenant attending the YO's course when he was officiating wing commander and later on posting as instructor Class C to Tac wing when he was commanding the wing. Some extracts from my books possibly will throw some more light on my prescriptions of Brig Sidhu formed at that time.
    The officiating Commander of Tac Wing where we were destined to spend the major portion of the next six months of our stay at Mhow, Major G S Sidhu,…. was not only formidable looking he acted the same keeping us terrorised successfully all the time.
    ... The confusion created by the mixed lot that we were was further confounded by the fact that the Technical entry was also clubbed with the normal YO course and not the specialised one in Technical Wing as hither-to-fore and what a confusion it was, with Balan, a Bachelor of Engineering and MSc like me and others, Cheema whose only qualification for joining Signals was that he was also an MSc Agriculture; the mixed bag, milling around in the Electricity and Magnetism (E& M) classes and the Laboratories alongwith the other Ex NCC and NDA officers with varying technical background and aptitude was indeed true learning.
    The civilian instructors especially the diminutive Mr Murty with his squeaky voice had a harrowing time managing the class with the hare and the hound syndrome. Some like me were pulled up and marched up in the tension filled office of Maj Sidhu, aloof with deep penetrating and withdrawn eyes, for impeding the progress of the class while others for being too slow on the uptake. Extract from 'A Soldiers Journey through Life with Two Wives.'
    I was posted to Tactical Wing (TAC Wing) in October 1963, my only qualification for posting, as an instructor to the School of Signals at that time - the involvement of my section in Op Leghorn. Possibly I was also a demonstration piece for the YO’s like the Demo Section which I was given to command to start with. The Commander TAC Wing at that time was Lt Col GS Sidhu.
    He also happened to be the officiating OC TAC Wing, when I reported to the School of Signals for attending the YO’s (Young Officers Course) on passing out from IMA Dehradun in Jun 1955. I had done not too well during the portion of the course covered in TAC Wing, I found little interest in the statistical nature of Signal Organisation and Tactics, I was also not very good at games which was considered to be the prime requirement in a young officer. However, I had compensated for that to some extent by my performance during the portion covered in the Technical Wing.
    The Technical Wing at that time commanded by Lt Col BS Panwar, was later renamed as FC&VE (Faculty of Communication and Value Engineering), on the School of Signals being upgraded to MCTE. I also had the privilege of later Commanding FC&VE from 1979 to 1982.
    I had passed out from the YO’s course with a ‘C’ Grading. Major Sidhu, though a bit surprised with my above average results in Technical Wing had warned me on the day of my final interview with him as the OC TAC Wing, that he would kick me out of the Corps if I did not do well. Possibly it was this threat hanging on my head that made me a reasonable Signals officer. However, I did maintain my record of collecting ‘C’ gradings on all the courses that I attended in MCTE.
    Lt Col Sidhu, as Commander of TAC Wing did give me a reasonable ACR (Annual Confidential report), possibly by now he had modified his opinion about me extract from 'Letters From the Border and Other Less Told Stories'
    It is also interesting that I followed him all over, though, always a few steps behind. The then Major Sidhu was the BM of 7 Inf Bde before Kharbanda took over from him. I joined as Sparrow 7 Inf Bde soon after he had left. I was also fortunate to command 9 Inf Div Sig Regt of which he was the first CO in the rank of Lt Col. True, but strange, as it may seem. Both of us retired as Brigadiers.
    Brig Lakshman Singh VSM (Retd)

    Brig GS Sidhu, AVSM

    Veteran Brig GS Sidhu, AVSM, is no more with us; but the Corps will always remember the unique contributions that he made. He left a deep impact on the signalers who were part of his team, his students, and his colleagues in the service, his friends or family members.
    I was not lucky to serve under him; for the offer he made to be his SO2, on his way to IV Corps, went to a far superior officer.
    Es spirit de corps, professionalism, humane approach and knowledge that he radiated helped me to better myself.
    May God give strength to his family, near and dear ones to carry forward the values he cherished.
    With a sense of sorrow, nay a pride that I also served the Corps to which Brig Sidhu is an integral part.
    Brig G Natarajan, Signals (Retd)

    Maj Sanjay Sharma and Maj A Francis Xavier

    It is with a sense of deep sorrow that I read the untimely departure of Maj Sanjay Sharma, SIGNALS VETERAN at such an young age.
    GOD has his ways and we are but actors playing the role that has been destined; we can only pray for the departed soul to rest in peace and give courage & strength to Mrs. Kumud Sharma, Kunal and Sanchita.
    It will make me proud to hear from Kunal and Sanchita that they topped the IIT & MBA program, in spite of the set back.
    With best wishes to over come the deep sorrow.
    Brig G Natarajan, Signals

    Very deeply grieved to note the departure of another devoted, humane, friendly, cooperative, understanding, noble veteran from our midst.
    MAJOR A FRANCIS XAVIER, leaves behind a fine lesson to all of us, particularly me by willing " that after his death the body should be donated for purposes of medical research."
    May GOD give strength to Helen and Loreto to bear this irreapaiable loss and to carry forward his ideas and missions that he valued most.
    In deep sorrow, but proud of the opportunity that i had to serve with Xavier in the our great Corps.
    Brig G Natarajan, Signals

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011

    Brigadier Gurdial Singh Sidhu, AVSM

    Remembering Brigadier Gurdial Singh Sidhu, AVSM: Few Glimpses by Brig M R Narayanan, VSM (Retd)
    I had the privilege of serving under Brig Gurdial Singh Sidhu during the 1971 operations in the Eastern Sector when hewas the CSO 4 Corps. I was then a major posted to 4 Corps Sig Regt. I distinctly recall the first meeting in his office in early Sep 1971 attended by all OsC of the integral Corps units andComdrs Sigs of the Corps fmns.
    The Corps HQ had moved just a week before to the op location in Tripura near Agartala. The signal comn infrastructure available was primitive and 4 Corps Signals had a huge task on hand. The meeting lasted for about an hour; it was all about the Corps operational plan and the signal comn build up and challenges. Brig Sidhu appeared to be cool and composed but towards the end he showed his no-nonsense attitude when he made it clear what he expected from each one of us.
    We are here to fight a War. I expect all of you to function as a team. I do not want any accusations or attempts to let down your sister units or your colleagues. Always remember that:
    i. Every communication channel has two ends. Never- ever complain about the other end; instead takeresponsibility for the other end too.
    ii. If a formation is out of comn for more than 24 hrs, I want your best people at the other end.
    Little did I realize then the remarkable power behind this mantra, "take responsibility for the other end", implying "give equal or greater importance to your lower formation end"... click here to read more

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    IC- 845 Brig GS Sidhu, AVSM

    Dear Chander,
    I was aware that Brig Sidhu had been unwell for quite some time. In his demise, we have lost one of the finest signal warriors. For me, it's a great loss; he was always my role model and I am deeply indebted to him for whatever I had achieved during my Army career and later in the Public Sector.
    I was in close touch with him in the last three years while I was in the process of writing my book, “When Sparrows flew like Eagles” about how 4 Corps Sigs under Brig Sidhu provided infallible comns to the success of the 4 Corps operations leading to the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.
    In fact he had reviewed the early drafts and even corroborated some of the critical events narrated, about some of the outstanding signal comn achievements for instance, about ‘4 Corps HQ move to Comilla on the enemy soil on the night 11/12 Dec 1971 within the enemy shell range and how this was made possible by Brig Sidhu’s 4 Corps Signals'.

    Just a clarification. My book “When Sparrows flew like Eagles” is yet to be published since War History 1971 is yet to be declassified.
    Brig (Retd) M R Narayanan, VSM

    Maj Sanjay Sharma

    08 Aug 11. To,
    All Members of "Report My Signal".
    Dear Signallers, I am sad to inform you about demise of Maj Sanjay Sharma, SIGNALS Veteran, on night 4/5 Aug 2011, at Lucknow. He was commissioned on 16 Dec 1978 and retired on 31 Jan 2001.
    Next of Kin: Smt Kumud Sharma (wife).
    Please see email received from Col KPM Das, Signals Veteran, appended below.
    We pray to Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to all near ones and dear ones to bear this irreparable loss. Those of you who wish to write a "Shradhanjli", may kindly send it for being posted on our weblog - The Shradhanjli be kindly emailed to - Col James Kanagaraj, The Moderator at -
    In sorrow
    -Chander Kamboj

    From: KPM Das
    Sent: 08 August 2011 10:15
    Subject: Obituary: Major Sanjay Sharma (Retired), SIGNALS
    Dear Brigadier,
    It is with a deep sense of grief that I have to inform you about the passing away, after a long ailment, of Maj Sanjay Sharma (Retd), on the night of 4/5 Aug at his house, Sharda Nagar Lucknow- 226002.
    He last worked at Army School, Lucknow.
    Date of Commission : 16 Dec 1978,
    Date of Reirement : 31 Jan 2001,
    Unit Commanded : EET, c/o 56 APO
    Wife and Next of Kin :- Kumud Sharma
    Son: Kunal Sharma, doing MTech at IIT Mumbai.
    Daughter Sanchita doing MBA at New Delhi.
    May God give peace to the departed soul and strength to the family. .
    Regards, and in deep sorrow,
    Col KPM Das (Retired)