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BANTA SINGH, BHAI (1894-1921), one of the Nankana Sahib martyrs, was the son of Bhai Bhola Singh Dhillon and Mai Bhag Kaur of village Bihera, in Hoshiarpur district. He was born on 25 October 1894. As a youth, he had engaged in wrestling and gone out hunting. He had also learnt to read and write Punjabi in the Gurmukhi script. He excelled at performing kirtan, singing the holy hymns. He enlisted in 28th Punjabi Battalion in May 1911 and served with his unit in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) during 191315. In 1915, the Battalion moved to Mesopotemia (now Iraq) to take part in the First Great War.

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