Field Marshal K M Cariappa – 1/7 Rajput.
The 4th Battalion Brigade of Guards was raised on 15 Sep 1798 at Sasseram , Bihar. It had been part of Battle of Delhi in 1803 , was awarded an Honorary Colour. It was part of Battles of Bharatpur in 1805 and 1826. it again took part in Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900 and in WWI saw active participation at Dujaila Redoubt. During WW II it saw action in Burma . It took the Japanese Surrender at Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1945 ( Celebrating 75 Years in 2020).
In 1922 it became Ist Battalion (Queen Victoria’s Own Light Infantry ) (QVOLI) 7th Rajput Regiment.
Field Marshal K M Cariappa, OBE (1900-1993). He received King’s Commission in 1919 and served in Waziristan with 1/7 Rajput from 1922 -1925. 1/7 Rajput is now known as 4 Guards (1Rajput). The Battalion celebrated its 222nd Raising Day on 15 Sep 2020.
A Rupees Two stamp was issued on 15 Jan 1995 (Army Day) on Field Marshal K M Cariappa. It was on 15 Jan 1949 that he became the First Indian Commander -in -Chief of Indian Army.