Sardar Tarlok Singh Chowdhary
Born in Doberan, now in Pakistan. Moved to Uganda on 29th December 1946, after marrying Narinder Kaur, born in Masaka on 8/4/1930, daughter of Hari Singh who had moved to Uganda in the early in 1919. Worked as Head Clerk with the British Army where he served six years in Second World War. Decorated with the 1939-1945 Star Medal, Burma Star and also with the War Star. On his retirement he did not require any immigration to travel to the UK because of his service in the army.
In January 1947 he joined the Ministry of Public Works Department (PWD) and worked in Entebbe and later posted to Mbarara. Posted to Water Supplies Section in 1950. Promoted to Sub- Overseer in 1952 and posted to Fort-Portal. In 1959-1961 he took further trade tests and was further promoted in PWD in 1962. He was awarded the Uganda Independence Medal for his outstanding services and loyalty to the country before and up to Independence Day of 9th October 1962. In January 1964, promoted to Superintendent of Works (PWD) and posted to Gulu to Manage Acholi District. In charge of areas as far as Kitgum and Arua. Supervised the building of Arua Hospital. In early 1970, promoted to Officer-in-Charge of Karamoja District and posted to Moroto until he tendered his resignation in early January 1972 and moved to the UK. Whilst in Uganda, he was also in charge of supervising the hospital built by Mowlem Construction Company near Kadepo. Honored as “Father of Karamoa” upon his retirement by the Town Clerk of Moroto for his outstanding services in Karamoja especially as the roads in Karamoja were known as the best in the country at the time. Also recognized and respected by the tribes people for his bravery and courage in thwarting a Masai attack on Karamojong cattle.
Six months before the Asian exodus TS Chowdhary had divine revelation in his dream about the problem to come and he was asked in the dream to leave Uganda. He did not take it seriously at first. A month later he again received further divine message to leave the country in his dream . At this point he tendered his application for retirement . He succeeded in leaving Uganda 30 days before the exodus. On his arrival in London he heard the news that Idi Amin had expel all the Asians and his divine revelations came true.
He was the only Asian who received official tributes before the Asians were expelled. The media and Government were full of praise for his services There were a number of official functions held to thank him before his retirement.
In the UK, qualified as Clerk of Works after passing the Institute of Clerk of Works exams. Worked for the Borough of Hounslow until his retirement at the age of sixty five. Passed away in 1994.
He is survived by his 3 sons: Justice AS Choudry, HS Chowdhary and Surjit Chowdhary and three daughters who are all married in London.