The prince who would become a great warrior of the British Empire was born on 22 October 1845 in Jodhpur, well before the British Raj consolidated its power. He was the third son of His Highness Maharaja Sir Takht Singh of Jodhpur (1819-13 February 1873) the Maharaja of Jodhpur, and his first wife, Maharani Gulab Kunwarji Maji Sahiba. He was educated privately, and little is known of his early life.
From 1878 to 1895, Pratap Singh served as Chief Minister for Jodhpur following his father's death in 1873 and his eldest brother's succession to the throne. After his brother's death in 1895, Pratap Singh (by now Sir Pratap Singh) served as regent for his fifteen-year-old nephew and heir to the Jodhpur gadi until 1898, then again for his grandnephew from 1911 to 1918 and finally for his second grandnephew from 1918 until his own death in 1922. In total, Pratap Singh had served four rulers of Jodhpur for over four decades. He travelled to Europe often and was close to Queen Victoria and her family, serving as aide-de-camp to Edward VII from 1887 to 1910. He was especially close towards his son, the future George V of the United Kingdom. Probably the only man from whom the King-Emperor would take orders from, Sir Pratap was very protective of his sovereign, deciding his bedtime or winding up engagements if he decided that George V was getting tired!
Commissioned in the Jodhpur Risalda in 1878, Pratap Singh served during the Second Afghan War and was Mentioned in Despatches. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1887, served under General Ellis in 1897 and served in the Tirah Campaign in 1898 under General William Lockhart, during which he was wounded. Promoted to Colonel the same year, he commanded the Jodhpur contingent during the Boxer Rebellion and was promoted to Major-General in 1902. In 1903, he was made honorary commandant of the Imperial Cadet Corps under Lord Curzon. Even as an elderly man of seventy, Sir Pratap commanded his regiments heroically during the First World War in France and Flanders from 1914-1915 and in the Palestine Mandate at Haifa and Aleppo. He was promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1916.
In 1911, Sir Pratap had abdicated the gadi of Idar in favor of his adopted son, Daulat Singh. Following his wartime service and a final stint as Regent of Jodhpur, Sir Pratap Singh died at Jodhpur on 4 September 1922, one month shy of 77.
Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal (2nd Class)-1877
Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)-1878
Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Medal-1887
Mentioned in Dispatches (MID)-1897
India Medal w/Clasp-1898
Kaiser-i-Hind 1st Class-1900
China War Medal-1901
King George V Coronation Medal-1911, with Delhi Durbar Clasp
Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO)-1911
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB)-1918 (KCB-1901) (CB-1898)
Grand Officer of the Legion d'Honneur-1918
Jodhpur Great War Medal-1919
Grand Cross of the Order of the Star of Romania-1921
1873-1877:Maharaj Shri Pratap Singh Sahib
1877-1878:Maharaj Shri Pratap Singh Sahib, Kaiser-i-Hind
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