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Mount Everest Expedition 2018

To Webmaster ~ Old Cottonians Association:

Thank you for letting me know of Capt. Mansukhani’s Mt. Everest 2018 Expedition.

I think all OCs worldwide ought to be made aware of the courage of Sandeep Mansukhani to return to Mr. Everest to climb it, after his escape from his first trip, when Nepal suffered an earthquake, which coincided with his first venture.

Would you please post a worldwide plea for Old Cottonians to make a donation to the very heavy expenses incurred in preparing for this supreme venture of skill and courage.

I give below details of the account to which I have already subscribed with a receipt from the Bank of the transfer I made.

Many thanks.

Yours every sincerely

Gay Niblett

Hon. Life President OCA(UK)


Bank Account :
Sandeep Mansukhani
State Bank of India
Account Number 34777 505 766
IFSC Code SBIN 000 1282
East Patel Nagar Branch

Expedition to Mount Everest in 2018 by an OC

Message received from Sandeep Mansukhani, Rivaz House (1994-95).

OCA India sincerely wishes him ‘best of luck’ for his brave adventure and may God grant him enough courage to complete his unfinished task of conquering the Great Himalayan Peak.

Ashwani Virk- Secretary OCA India

“Prayers, good wishes and blessings pouring from all over came as an answer to my survival amidst the disastrous earthquake that hit Mt Everest/ Nepal in 2015 during my expedition to the Summit. It made me realise how blessed I am to have such lovely and caring people around. I will proceed to Nepal on 3rd April 2018 to complete my unfinished climb of Mt Everest Expd (8848m/ 29029 ft). I seek your blessings again. I request you all for any monetary contribution you wish to make to help me in my endeavour”.

Account details are as follows: A/c Name: Sandeep Mansukhani. Bank : State Bank of India. Account no: 34777505766. IFSC Code: SBIN0001282, East Patel Nagar branch



Message from President OCA India – Justice (Retd) R.S. Sodhi

Dear Friends and Fellow Cottonians !….Greetings of a great Year ahead ..!!
It is worthwhile to mention hereby that Bishop Cotton School has been producing meritorious students par excellence in almost every field particularly our Armed Services. Highly decorated War Officers namely : Air Chief Marshal P.C.Lal – PadmaVibhushan, DFCCAS, Lt. Gen. Dewan Prem Chand – PVSM , Lt. Gen. N.C.Rawlley – PVSM, AVSM, MC, VCOAS, Lt. Gen. R.N.Batra – PVSM, OBE, Lt. Gen. I.S.Gill – PVSM, AVSM, GOC in C, Lt. Gen. M.S.Batra – PVSM, Lt. Gen. K.S.Randhawa – PVSM, AVSM, Lt. Gen. Baljit Singh – AVSM, VSM, Lt. Gen, H.R.S. Kalkat – PVSM, AVSM GOC in C, Vice Adm. R.N.Batra – PVSM, Vice Adm. Harinder Singh – PVSM, AVSM, FOC in C, AVM H.P.S.Sidhu, Maj. Gen. P.C.Gupta – MC, Maj. Gen. K.C.Khanna, Maj. Gen. J. Mayadas – VSM, Maj. Gen. S.Varma – VSM, Mention in Dispatch, Maj. Gen. Lalji D.Singh, Maj. Lalit Malhotra, Maj. Gen. S.K.Batra, Maj. S.P.Bhatia – VSM, Maj. Gen. C.S.Panag – YSM, VSM, Maj. Gen. R.Pandit – AVSM, SM, Maj. Gen. H.M.Singh, Rear Adm. R.Chopra – VSM, Mention in Dispatch, Brig. P.O.Myers –MC, BAR, Brig. Nadirshaw – VRC, Brig. H.Chukerbuti – 5 Blues in IMA, Brig. R.S.S.Kohli, Brig. P.K.H.Chand, Brig. H.K.Dhawan, Brig. J.N.Rudra, Brig. J.S.Bhullar, Brig. S.Dutt – VSM, Brig. Madhusudan, Brig. Arun Kochar, Brig. R.S.Brar, Adm. Bahl, Brig. H.S.Nagra, Brig. G.S.Padda, Brig. M.M.Badshah and many others have served our country with great valour.

Its been my longstanding wish to honour those gallant Officers Posthumously, who have lost their lives in line of their duty though a meagre effort, by putting up a Memorial Plaque of their name/s on a Wall of the War Memorial at BCS, Shimla. Since we do have a herculean task of finding out the names of such brave Officers, therefore, it is my humble appeal and request to all Old Cottonians worldwide that if they have any information regarding any of their batch-mates, whether Juniors or Seniors in School, who went on to join Army and sacrificed their lives in any Indo/China/Pak wars, please send information to the Webmaster/ or to the OCA India Secretary –

Forwarded on behalf of Hony. President Justice R.S. Sodhi

Ashwani Singh Virk – 9810194724
(Secretary OCA INDIA)

Today is Billy Gill’s first death anniversary

Dear All,

Today is Billy Gill’s first death anniversary.

I have been hunting for information about the gentleman and what I have obtained is grossly inadequate but entirely complimentary. To anyone I turn, all that I am able to glean about this life is his abiding interest in cars and the single malt whiskey club. It would have been sufficient material for PG Wodehouse to write a seriously witty piece. I possess no such talent. Surely there was more to the man than his frequent run-ins with Badal on these mails. Badal could not resist twisting his tail and Billy never failed to honour the bait. Those exchanges were hilarious and I had to often urge Badal to tone it down a bit lest it got out of hand. Badal was always in control and he knew exactly where to poke or provoke.

Billy, the son of an army officer, possessed all the bearings of a person from the services. It was the way he tied his turban, neat, clean and with accentuated folds that resulted in a pointed sharp turban unlike the sloppy placement that resembled a hot water bottle on the skull. His Sunday suit was always well ironed and his double-breast blazer made him always look impeccable. He was always well turned out. He learnt that possibly from his father. Billy was always in the lead when it came to issues, never the one to be left behind and Sukhinder will remember those encounters only too well. I witnessed one such meeting but I am told that these were a regular between the two them. Often the result was a stand off and no one the decided winner but within minutes they would be discussing the next drinking session and the previous exchange had been set aside as idle banter, which it often was!

My little impressions are vague and very generalised but the Billy I recall was feisty, a good friend and most of all generous. Is there more than any one can add on this day in memory of a good man. I will be grateful for any input.

May Billy rest in peace.



[Vijay Khurana]