Arjan Singh (c. 1888-1914)

Arjan Singh was a resident of Vancouver and a friend of Bela Singh in 1914.  He shared a house with a number of Sikh millworkers at that time. He was in the house with eleven other men when he was fatally shot in the neck on September 3, 1914 by Ram Singh, who said it was an accident. Witnesses backed Ram Singh up. It was at Arjan Singh’s funeral service at the Vancouver Khalsa Diwan Society temple that Bela Singh opened fire and wounded seven Sikhs, including Bhag Sing and Battan Singh, both of whom died. Arjan Singh’s brother Jowalla Singh (Jawala Singh) was in attendance and he was was one of the wounded.

Sources: Vancouver Daily Province, 4 Sept. and 10 Nov., 1914; Vancouver News-Advertiser, 6 Nov., 1914; I.M. Muthanna, People of India in North America. Part First (Bangalore: Printed at Lutus Printers, 1975); National Library and Archives Canada, Immigration files, RG 76.