Sir Sajjan Singh – Raja de Ratlam – 1915
Figure to assemble and paint
Ref.: 15 – IA
Weight: 250 grs.
Material: White Metal
Number of Pieces: 17
Sajjan Singh Raja of Ratlam – 1915. Ref.: 15 – IA
Maharaja of Ratlam from 1893–1947.
Major-General Maharaja Sir Sajjan Singh Bahadur GCIE (Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire), KCSI (Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India), KCVO (Knights Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order)- (13 January 1880 – 3 February 1947) was a British Indian Army officer and the Maharaja of Ratlam State, ruling from 1893 until 1947.
The only son of Ranjit Singh, Sajjan Singh succeeded to the Ratlam throne at the age of 13, and was educated at Daly College, Indore and at Mayo College, Ajmer. He served with the Imperial Cadet Corps, Dehra Dun, and reigned under a regency until he came of age in 1898. Commissioned an honorary Captain in the British Indian Army in 1908.
He was promoted to Major in 1911, lieutenant colonel in 1916 and colonel in 1918. He served on the Western Front during World War I from 1914 to 1915, as staff officer to General Sir Pratab Singh Marahaja of Idar, commanding the Jodhpur Lancers (both Sir Pratab Singh and Sajjan Sing belonged to the Rathore dynasty, which ruled over various princely states, including the states of Jodhpur, Idar and Ratlam, among others) and in Mesopotamia and Palestine from 1916 to 1918. He was mentioned in dispatches throughout the campaign.
Owing to his wartime service, he was raised from an 11-gun to a 13-gun salute in 1918, and was promoted to the rank of a hereditary Maharaja in 1921, also receiving a 15-gun local salute at the same time.
After the war, Singh served as regent of Rewa State from October 1918 to October 1922. He also served in the Third Anglo-Afghan War as aide-de-camp to the General Officer Commanding 1st Division on the North-West Frontier. From 1915 to 1936, Sajjan Singh served as aide-de-camp to George V and was also aide-de-camp to the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) when the latter toured India from 1921 to 1922; he was appointed a KCVO for this in 1922. Singh subsequently served as an honorary and extra ADC to George VI until 1947.
Great rider, polo enthusiast, he served as Steward of the Indian Polo Association, and also as member of the general councils of Daly and Mayo Colleges.
Singh married five times and had two sons and three daughters by his fifth wife, Sodhabai of Nawanagar.
Singh died on 3 February 1947, aged 67, and was succeeded by his elder son Lokendra Singh.
1880-1893: Yuvraj Shri Sajjan Singh Bahadur, Yuvraj of Ratlam
1893-1908: His Highness Raja Shrimant Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam
1908-1909: Captain His Highness Raja Shrimant Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam
1909-1911: Captain His Highness Raja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam, KCSI
1911-1916: Major His Highness Raja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam, KCSI
1916-1918: Lieutenant-Colonel His Highness Raja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam, KCSI
1918-1921: Colonel His Highness Raja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Ratlam, KCSI
1921-1922: Colonel His Highness Maharaja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Ratlam, KCSI
1922-1931: Colonel His Highness Maharaja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Ratlam, KCSI, KCVO
1931-1936: Colonel His Highness Maharaja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Ratlam, GCIE, KCSI, KCVO
1936-1947: Major-General His Highness Maharaja Shrimant Sir Sajjan Singh Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Ratlam, GCIE, KCSI, KCVO
The figure is designed after photographs taken on 25 July 1915 in France reviewing the Jodhpur Lancers with Lieutenant General Remington and Sir Pratab Singh.
We would like to thank Sir Digvijay Singh Rathor, a member of the present Royal House of Ratlam, for the interest shown in the figure of his relative and the additional information provided.