BADRI NATH (d. 1871), son of Pandit Gobind Ram who migrated from Kashmir to the Punjab at the beginning of the nineteenth century, entered Maharaja Ranjit Singh\’s army as a soldier in 1821, rising to the rank of colonel in 1835. He saw plenty of fighting during his service career and took part in the campaign\’s of Swat, Peshawar, Hazara and Bannu. For long he served on the frontier and was for six years in charge of the forts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tonk.
He was with General Hari Singh Nalva in 1834 when the Sikhs took Peshawar from the Barakzais. In 1845, he was stationed in Hazara with the Katar Mukhi Regiment. In 1846, he accompanied Major Henry Lawrence to Kashmir where Shaikh Imam ud-Din was in revolt, and the next year went with Lieut. Herbert Edwardes to Bannu. He took part in the siege of Multan in 1848. During the uprising of 1857, the Fort of Multan, the magazine and the treasury were entrusted to Badri Nath\’s corps and he was granted Order of British India for his services in suppressing the rebellion. He retired from service in 1861. Badri Nath died in 1871.
1. Griffin, Lepel, and C.F. Massy, Chiefs and Families of Note in the Punjab. Lahore, 1909