Captain Pratap Singh was born on 17th January 1960 in Basai Darapur in New Delhi, to Captain Khazan Singh. He completed his schooling at Sherwood College in Nainital and later attended Hansraj College in Delhi. Captain Pratap joined the Army and was commissioned into the regiment of artillery on 27th August 1983. After serving with his parent unit, 75 Med Regt for a couple of years, Captain Pratap Singh was posted to the Siachen area which had become very active and volatile after skirmishes with Pakistani forces in 1987.
|Unit||75 Medium Regiment|
|Regiment||Regiment of Artillery|
|Award||Maha Vir Chakra|
|Date of Martyrdom||26th May 1988|
During 1988 Captain Pratap was posted at the Sonam outpost in Siachen as an Observation Post Officer. Soon he was called upon to protect the Bana post. On 26th May 1988, a mission was launched which was led by Captain Pratap. Captain Pratap found a large amount of ammunition and grenades lying at the head of the ropes. While he was examining them, the grenade exploded injuring his right arm and chest. Despite his severe injuries he crawled and cut the rope with a knife. The gallant officer crawled back to his rope to return to his post but collapsed and succumbed to his wounds.
Captain Pratap Singh was awarded the nation’s second-highest gallantry award ‘Maha Vir Chakra’ posthumously for his courage on the battlefield.