He was known for his illustrious career as a Horsemen and Polo Player, in British India and Pakistan.
His Family was a scion of Yemeni background which goes back to 18th century A.D..
The head of the family Rahim Ullah Shah was his Great Great Grand Father, who brought a band of soldiersfrom Yemen and harboured in an Arab sanctuary near Banglore, and was inducted into Haidere Ali / Tipu Sultan Army. Rahim Ullah Shah was believed to be a General of Tipu Sultan in the last battle at Sirangapatnam.
The defeat disintegrated Tipu's Army but the British wisel integrated these mercenaries with the cavalry regiments-some were absorbed by choice with the Nizam's cavalry as well.His ancestors joined British cavalry.
Khair Ullah Sharif, hjd a long lineage with Cavalry
At the Age of 18 he joined 7 Light Cavalry at Balaram, Hyderabad Deccan, in 1922, as about one squadron was those of his relations: They were various ranks.
From the advent he was an outsanding rider, was selected to do Equisterian course at Sangar in 1930. He recieved Distinguished grade and was retained as an INstructor. With the exception of one more Jat instructor, the the remaining three instructors were British NCOs, trained from Wesdon (UK). He stayed at Sangar from 1931-1934. Here he also excelled in Polo and was rated at 5 Goal polo player in All India.
In his completion of tenure he reverted back to 7 Light cavalry stationed at Jullender as a Jmadar.
Later he was selected as riding incharge at I.M.A. Dehradoon, in the rank of Risaldar. Since in the Regimental seniority he was given the option to join Army Remanents (Breeding Areas) at Sarghoda or revert lower rank. He opted for posting to Remounts.
The facilities offered inn Remounts were out of the ordinary. The World War II having started , he preferred to stay at Sargodha in ARD. The life in Remounts were those of Lords wityh Buggies two in hand and 16 horses in own stable. The distinguished portion of his riding career was that he was selected for 1936 Olympics but due to departmental bellicasities, funds and risky travel for horses by sea, cancelled the participation , for Indian Team.
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