Sardar Bahadur’ Sardar Fateh Singh of Marake, was born in 1804, into a Sandhu Jat family, he was the second son of Sardar Nidhan Singh of Marake. He served in his father’s contingent, with the cavalry unit of the Ghorchurras, until 1829. Thereafter, he accompanied Bhatti Jat ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore to Peshawar and under Sardar Arjun Singh of Ranger Nangal, he was dispatched to Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) during the uprising by the local hill chiefs in the mountainous state, during the reign of Maharaja Kharak Singh of Lahore. He also served briefly in Kashmir during the insurrection, and later served under Sandhu Jat Jagirdar General Sardar Gulab Singh of Pahuwind during the Ist Anglo Sikh War of 1845. His task was to provide protection to Maharaja Duleep Singh of Lahore and the city of Lahore. On conclusion of the wars, Sardar Fateh Singh served loyally his new English masters, in the newly formed Suraj Mukhi Regiment as Commandant and accompanied Lieutenant Herbert Edwardes to Bannu (Pakistan) in 1847.

The following year, the Multan rebellion flared up and he was engaged with his corps at the battles of Kineri and Sadusan (both villages are near Shujabad, now in Pakistan) rendering excellent conduct with his men at Multan, for which he was profoundly praised by Lieutenant Edwardes. In 1857, he commandeered a Police Battalion at Ambala (Haryana) serving there and later at Delhi, successfully. Five years later, he was discharged from military duties and received a pension of Rs 300, along with a Jagir and six hundred acres of land at Lakhowal, situated few kilometres east of Marake. On his death, he was survived by two sons; Sardar Gurmukh Singh and Sardar Gurdit Singh.

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