He was born in 1790 in the house of well known Sikh farmer in the town of Attari( 25 kms from Amritsar on Indo – Pak Border). He was educated in Gurmukhi and Persian and later was educated to read and write English. He joined the Khalsa Army of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1817. Immediately, he was promoted to Jathedar after seeing his qualities and fighting competence. He commanded the 5000 horsemen and actively participated in the campaign of Multan, Kashmir and the Frontier province. He remained designated as Governor of Kashmir for three years. General Sham Singh’s Daughter was married to prince Nao Nihal Singh, Son oh Maharaja Kharak Singh 1837. Sham Singh Ataariwala, the grey bearded warrior, clad in white silks and riding a white horse, went into action under pledge to victory or death. He sacrificed his life at the age of 60 while fighting during the battle of Sabhraon to protect the dignity, liberty and freedom of the Punjab of Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Author – Satnam Singh Aulakh