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John Mannual Lobo

South Andaman, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

June 21, 2022

John Mannual Lobo, son of Francis Lobo was born on 30th January 1930 on Ross Island (now Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island). He got his school education at South Point, affiliated with a Burma university.

He joined the Indian National Army (INA) in October 1943. As the youngest member of the INA, John Lobo was in the squad to present the Guard of Honour before Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Lambaline Airport on his arrival in the Andamans on 29th December 1943. On the morning of the next day (30th Dec) John Lobo’s squad of INA again presented the Guard of Honour to Netaji at the Gymkhana Ground, when he for the first time in Indian History hoisted the Indian Flag. The same day in the evening John Lobo and his squad members presented their third Guard of Honour to Netaji.

After the surrender of the Japanese and the re-occupation of the British, John Lobo resumed his study. He joined the Boys School at Middle Point of Port Blair and then went to Calcutta, where he obtained his graduation degree. After returning to Port Blair, he got a job as Ranger in the Forest Department and retired as DCF. He died on 12-02-2022.