The 13th VCs(Victoria Cross)

What is Victoria Cross

507594_qqIE4D94.jpg.img_The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry that a British and Common wealth serviceman can achieve.  It is linked with acts of extreme bravery and the original document associated with the medal stated that it could only be awarded for “gallantry of the highest order”.The award is especially given to persons who, in the presence of the enemy, display the most conspicuous gallantry; a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice; or extreme devotion to duty.

The Gurkhas  are soldiers from Nepal. Historically, the terms "Gurkha" and "Gorkhali" were synonymous with "Nepali," and derived from the hill town and district of Gorkha from which the Kingdom of Nepal expanded.Legend has it that the name may be traced to the medieval Hindu warrior-saint Guru Gorakhnath who has a historic shrine in Gorkha.Gurkhas are traditionally recruited from various Nepali hill ethnicities, but do not come from a single group or region in the multi-ethnic country. Although the Gorkhas found in Himachal are mostly from Nepal, there have been reports of non-Nepalese Gorkhas (such as Thai Gorkhas, Naga Gorkhas and Chinese Gorkhas). There are Gurkha military units in the Nepalese, British and the Indian army (Gorkhas) enlisted in Nepal. Although they meet many of the requirements of Article  of Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions regarding mercenaries, they are exempt under clauses  similar to the French Foreign Legion

List of Brigade of Gurkhas recipients of the Victoria Cross
                               To date it has won 26 Victoria Crosses – 13 by Gurkhas and 13 by British Officers.

RIFLEMAN KULBIR THAPA

  • Born 15 December 1888,   Palpa, Nepalkulbahadur
  • Died 3 October 1956  at the age of 67
  • Allegiance  British India
  • Service/branch British Indian Army
  • Unit 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own
    Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War I
  • Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross


Short Description

Kulbir Thapa was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross. A Nepalese Gurkha of the 2nd Battalion,  3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles of the British Indian Army. He was 26 years old Rifleman during the 1st World War when his courage and incredible act of faith made him a deserving beneficiary of VC at Frauquissart, France.

Rifleman Kulbir Thapa never had any fire encounter until the battle where his courage and valor was tested on the 25th-26th of September 1915. Following the preliminary use of artillery bombardment, gas and mine under German position, on the 25th September 1915 at 0600 in the morning when the Allied infantry assault began. Rifleman Thapa was with the leading companies where numerous men were killed, he tried to break the German wire covered with massive smoke. He was able to surpass it but was bruised and wounded. Though alone and stranded at the side of German line, he dug a hole to hold his firing position. Adjacent to his safety ground he saw a wounded soldier of the 2nd Battalion, Leicester Regiment. He hurriedly went to the casualty and stayed and took care of him the whole day and night with the little English language he knew, and was able to kill Germans who approached their hiding place. On the following morning of 26th September there was a thick fog and seized the chance to transfer the suffering Leicester over the German trench then secured him in a shell crater. He left the wounded soldier and went back searching for more Germans but instead he found two of his own regiment severely wounded. Thapa transported these Gurkhas one at a time to the 39th Garwahlis line who were positioned at the British front line. In broad daylight, this badly wounded Rifleman Thapa once again returned to rescue the wounded Leicester even under heavy fire.

 

RIFLEMAN KARANBAHADUR RANA

  • Born 21 December 1898 Litung, Nepalkarnabahadurrana
  • Died 25 July 1973  at the age of 73 in Litung, Nepal
  • Allegiance Nepal
  • Service/branch British Indian Army
  • Rank Rifleman
  • Unit 3rd Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War I
  • Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross


Short Description
Karanbahadur Rana, Rifleman in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army was 19 years old when he was awarded Victoria Cross for his acts of valour during the 1st World War.
During the attack at El Kefr, Egypt, on 10 April 1918, Rifleman Rana and his few companions overcame an intense fire attack while creeping on the ground garbed with Lewis gun to engage an enemy machine gun. The No.1 of the Lewis gun section started fire but was immediately shut off. Without delay Rana pushed off the dead man from the gun and without delay even exposed in heavy fire and bombs, started firing, knocking out the enemy machine-gun crew then switched his fire targeting the enemy bombers face to face including the riflemen. The rest of the day in silence he waited for order of withdrawal then reinforced the covering of fire until the enemy were nearing him. All throughout his duty, he portrayed exemplary act of valour and proper conduct even at the peak of danger.

Lalbahadur Thapa

lalbahadurthapaLalbahadur Thapa
Born February 1906
Somsa, Nepal
Died 19 October 1968 (aged 62)
Pakalihawa, NepalbBuried at Pakalihawa Cemetery Allegiance British India Service/branch British Indian Army Rank Subedar-Major Unit 1st Battalion, 2nd Gurkha  Rifles           Battles wars World War II

Short Description
He was approximately 37 years old, and a Subedar in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 5/6 April 1943 during the silent attack on Rass-es-Zouai, Tunisia, Subadar Lalbahadur Thapa, taking command of two sections, made his first contact with the enemy at the foot of a pathway winding up a narrow cleft which was thickly studded with enemy posts. The garrison of the out-posts were all killed by the subadar and his men, by kukri or bayonet and the next machine-gun posts were dealt with similarly. This officer then continued to fight his way up the bullet-swept approaches to the crest where he and the riflemen with him killed four - the rest fled. Thus secured, advance by the whole division was made possible.

Gaje Ghale

gajeghaleGaje Ghale
Born 1 August 1918
Barpak VDC, Gorkha District, Nepal
Died 28 March 2000 (aged 81)
Allegiance British India
India Service/branch British Indian Army Indian Army Years of service 1936 - 1964 Rank Hon. Captain
Unit 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles
 Battles/wars World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Star of Nepal

Short Description
Ghale was born in the Gorkha district of Nepal. He joined the British Indian Army in 1934. Ghale was 22 years old, and a Havildar in the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. During the period 24/27 May 1943 in the Chin Hills, Burma (now Myanmar), Havildar Gaje Ghale was in charge of a platoon of young soldiers engaged in attacking a strong Japanese position. Wounded in the arm, chest and leg he nevertheless continued to lead assault after assault, encouraging his men by shouting the Gurkha's battle-cry. Spurred on by the irresistible will of their leader, the platoon stormed and captured the position which the havildar then held and consolidated under heavy fire, refusing to go to the Regimental Aid post until ordered to do so. He was the man who got 8 bullets hit while running with his Khukuri to kill the enemy soldier behind cannon. Because of this reason, he and The Gurrkhas are famous for their bravery.
He later achieved the rank of Hon. Captain following post war service with the Indian Army.

RIFLEMAN TUL BAHADUR PUN

  • Born 23 March 1923 (or 1919), tulbahadurpun
    Myagdi, Nepal
  • Died 20 April 2011,  Myagdi,
    Nepal
  • Allegiance British India
                       United Kingdom
  • Service/branch British Indian Army British Army
  • Unit 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War II
                       Malayan Emergency
  • Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Short Description
Tul Bahadur Pun was a Nepalese Rifleman in the 3rd Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles in Indian Army. He was enlisted in the Gurkha Brigade after completion of his training for the Chindit Expedition. A beneficiary of Victoria Cross awarded by the Viceroy, Field Marshal Viscount Wavell during the parade in Red Fort, Delhi on March 3, 1945.  Aside from being a recipient fo VC, he also received Burma Star and 9 other medal awards. Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun was at the age of 21 when he demonstrated exceptional heroic act during the World War II. 
Way back in 1944 of March on the 2nd Chindit Expedition, a battalion of six brigades composed of 9000 armies was air-landed in Burma. This Expedition was aimed, first, to support the advance on Myitkyina by the Chinese troops led by Americans, and secondly, to restrain the build-up of the Japanese forces to invade India by harassing them in the territory of Mogaung.  Numerous fortified bases and airstrips were then established south portion of Myitkyina.  These strongholds provoked the Japanese and a part of them were later abandoned.
On the 27th of May, there was an order to capture the supply center of Japanese in Mogaung. After a month-long of savage fighting that caused the decrease of the brigade’s numbers, another order was released commanding the 3rd Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles to attack the Mogaung Railway bridge. During this attack on June 23, 1944, one of the platoons section was wiped out except the section of Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun and two other commanders. The two section commanders immediately led a charge on the attackers position unfortunately both were badly wounded. Rifleman Pun armed with Bren gun advanced the fire, without fear exposing himself in the face of the enemy but able to kill three of them, putting five to flight, captured many ammunitions and light machine guns. He then supported the area with accurate fire that enabled his company to reach their objective.

The citation for Pun’s Victoria Cross declared: “Rifleman Pun’s courage and superb gallantry in the face of odds which meant almost certain death were most inspiring to all ranks and were beyond praise.”

SUBEDAR NETRABAHADUR THAPA

  • Born 8 January 1916  Rahu, Nepalnetrabahadurthapa
  • Died 26 June 1944 at the age of
    28 in Bishenpur, India
  • Allegiance British India
  • Service/branch British Indian Army
  • Rank Acting Subedar
  • Unit 2nd Battalion, 5th Royal
    Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War II    Burma Campaign †
  • Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

Description

Netrabahadur Thapa was a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was acting Subedar of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, of Indian Army in World War II. Committed to his traditions, military service, and race, Subedar Natrabahadur Thapa fought against overpowering foes before his heroic death.
On June 25-26, 1944 at Bishenpur, India,  Netrabahadur Thapa was in command of an isolated hill post when the troops of Japanese army assaulted in force. The soldiers, inspired by the leadership of Netrabahadur Thapa, held their ground beating their enemy that resulted in heavy casualties.  Thapa requested for reinforcements and hours later his troop also suffered casualties. He then retrieved reinforcement’s ammunition and all alone he fought with grenades and his kukris until exhausted and killed. The following day, Netrabahadur Thapa’s body was found with kukri in his hand and dead Japanese by his side.
Subedar Netrabahadur Thapa died with his fine character of bravery, and his devotion to duty and valor will remain an inspiration in the history of the Regiment.

RIFLEMAN SHER BAHADUR THAPA

  • Born 20 November 1921  Ghalechap, sherbahadur
    Jyamaruk, Nepal
  • Died 19 September 1944 at the age of 22 in San Marino, Italy
  • Buried Gurkha War Cemetery, Rimini
  • Allegiance British India
  • Service/branch British Indian Army
  • Years of service 1942-44 †
  • Rank Rifleman
  • Unit 1st Battalion, 9th Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War II Italian CampaignBattle of San Marino
  • Awards Victoria Cross


Short Description
It was on the evening of September 18, 1944 in San Marino, Italy, when a Battalion of the 9th Gurkha Rifles encountered an ambush from the German troops who were in prepared position controlling the area. Rifleman Sher Bahadur Thapa who was wounded badly together with his section commander, charged an enemy post and firing to death the machine gunner. Afterward came another battalion of Germans that attacked them and this time the section commander who was with him was seriously wounded by a grenade. Inspite of the heavy fire and without hesitation, Rifleman Thapa reached his Bren gun and aimed fire towards the enemy who were counterattacking them. Disregarding the call to withdraw, he ignored continuous hail of bullets and fire he hurriedly rescued the two wounded soldiers helplessly lying between him and the forwarding Germans. On his return for the second time, he paid the price of his heroism and was killed by bullets of machine gun. The unsurpassed devotion to rescue and save lives of his comrades made his name noble in the history of his Regiment.

Agansing Rai

agansingrai

  • Born 24 April 1920   Amsara, Okhaldhunga district, Nepal
  • Died 27 May 2000 at the age of 80 in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Allegiance British India India 
  • Service/branch British Indian Army ;  Indian Army
  • Rank             Honorary Captain
  • Unit 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War II
  • Awards Victoria Cross

Short Description
Agansing Rai is a native of East Nepal, enlisted in the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles on June 1941 and became section commander as Naik (corporal) after joining 2nd Battalion. Rai was a recipient of the Victoria Cross invested by Field Marshall Lord Wavell, Viceroy of India on 23rd January 1945 in Peshawar, India.

On the 24th and 25th of June 1944 in Burma, the enemy forces had captured two posts known as “Water Piquet” and “Mortar Bluff”. These posts in their possession threatened even our communications. The following morning, 26th of June, the 5th Gurkha Rifles company was tasked to recapture these posts, but upon doing so, the company was pinned down by massive fire resulting in many casualties. Naik Rai realizing that a delay would mean heavier casualties, he decided to lead his section under fading fire directly at the machine gun, and he himself charged the position and killed three of the four crews. Rai’s act of bravery inspired his section so they forwarded crossing the bullet swept ground and subdued the whole encampment of Mortar Bluff. With Rai leading them, without complaints his section followed him.

They pressed on to their objective even under intense fire that reduced their section. Nearing the enemy at close range, Naik Agansing Rai killed the three and his men were able to finish the other two. The section then went back to Mortar Bluff where the rest of the platoon was setting up the final assault in Water Piquet. Following an advance heavy gun fire and blasts of grenades that caused more casualties, again, Naik Rai with Bren gun covering him forwarded by himself with grenade at one hand and Thompson sub machine gun in the other hand. In the midst of heavy and devastating fire he reached the enemy post and with his grenades that burst from his Thompson Sub-machine gun he was able to kill the four occupants inside the bunker. Demoralized by Naik Rai’s display of courage and total disregard of danger, the enemy fled before the invasion on Water Piquet.

In spite of heavy casualties, Naik Agasing Rai's excellent performance, display of courage, outstanding bravery and noble leadership inspired the rest of the Company and left an impact to the Regiment.

RIFLEMAN THAMAN GURUNG

  • Born 2 October 1924  Singla, thomangurung
    Nepal
  • Died 10 November 1944
    at the age of 20 in  Monte
    San Bartolo, Italy
  • Buried at Rimini Gurkha War
    Cemetery, Rimini
  • Allegiance Indian Army
  • Rank Rifleman
  • Unit 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)
  • Battles/wars World War II
  • Awards Victoria Cross

Short Description
Thaman Gurung was a Rifleman in the 1st Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army and one of the recipients of the Victoria Cross. His heroism took place on the 10th of November 1944 during the World War II.
A company of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles was given an order to dispatch a fighting patrol with two scouts to Monte San Bartolo. One of the scouts was Rifleman Thaman Gurung. Through skillful chasing Gurung and his companion successfully reached the base of the position unnoticed. Thaman Gurung in his own way made it to the summit while the other scout concentrated to the Germans in slit trench down the crest ready to fire their machine guns. Thinking if the Germans would open the fire, the section would definitely result to massive casualties, so Rifleman Gurung skipped to his feet and fired them. The Germans were entirely alarmed so they surrendered without opening the fire. Given another chance, Thaman Gurung proceeded to the summit where he saw the troop of Germans properly dug in reverse slopes ready to throw their explosive over the crest of the leading section.  He quickly crossed it and with his Tommy gun aimed fire on the German position that gave way to the forward section to easily reach the summit, but due to the awkward situation his platoon was ordered to pull out.
Rifleman Gurung did not withdraw but remained in his forward position exposed in continuous fire at a close range. He also blasted steadily his Tommy gunfire to the enemy till his ammunition exhausted. He was able to rejoin with his section but again with two grenades with him he threw them at the remaining Germans. These actions of Gurung allowed the rear sections to pull out, but when the leading section was still unable to withdraw because the remaining platoon was yet on the summit, Thaman Gurung shouted and instructed them to pull out. He grabbed a Bren gun and few magazines then hurriedly ran on top of the hill knowing this action meant a possible death still he stood up in open view of the Germans and opened fire at them. In doing so, the remaining section made it possible to evacuate, but when completely emptied his magazines, this Gurkha warrior was killed. His outstanding gallantry character saved others but cost him his life.

 

 

RIFLEMAN GANJU LAMA

  • Birth name Gyamtso Shangderpaganjulama
  • Born 22 July 1924  Sangmo, Sikkim
  • Died 1 July 2000 at the age of 77
    in Sikkim
  • Allegiance British India
  • Service/branch British Indian Army Indian Army
  • Years of service 1942 – 1968
  • Rank            Subedar Major
  • Unit             1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles
                       Indian 11th Gorkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War II

Awards         Victoria Cross

Short Description
Ganju Lama was a Sikkim Indian Rifleman in the 1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles in Indian Army. Enlisted in 1942 in British Gurkha Army and was seventeen years old during that time. He is a recipient of the Victoria Cross for his outstanding duty and determination to destroy the enemy during the World War II.
On the morning of 12th June near Ningthoukhong, India, the Japanese enemy established an intense artillery barrage on the brigade’s territory at the northern part of the village. As the enemy lifted the barrage, their infantry backed by tanks attacked and bombarded the brigade’s perimeter and threatened to raid the defender’s positions. Companies B and D of the 1st Battalion, 7th Gurkha Rifles launched an urgent counter-attack following an order to reestablish the perimeter. Initially it was a success but the enemy tanks fired the main armament causing the attack to cease.
Four weeks after his heroic act, Lama crawled forward in possession with anti-tank machine gun and engaged again the enemy armour single handed. Wounded in his left wrist, right hand and leg, without fear and hesitation neglecting his safety, succeeded in firing as near as thirty yards from the enemy’s tank. Ganju Lama knocked out one and then another and destroyed the next Japanese tank on second shot. The third Japanese tank he destroyed by anti-tank gun. When the enemy struggled out from their burning armors, Lama bombarded them with hand grenades by pinning out with his teeth because of wounded hand. He then finished his mission by attacking the last and final enemy tank crew that allowed his companions to push forward after which he returned to the Regimental Aid Post. He later described the scene of the action: "I crawled on my belly through the dense snake-infested jungle while firing was going on from all the sides." He had to stay in hospital for 22 months, and when he received his VC from Lord Wavell, the Viceroy of India, it was from a wheelchair at the Red Fort in Delhi in the autumn of 1944. 

 

Lachhiman Gurung

  • Born 30 December 1917 Tanahu lachhimangurung
    District, Nepal
  • Died 12 December 2010  at the
    age of 92 in London, England
  • Allegiance British India India
  • Service/branch British Indian Army Indian Army
  • Years of service 1940–1947
  • Rank   Havildar
  • Unit 4th Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army
  • Awards Victoria Cross     (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross


Short Description
Lachhiman Gurung, one of the Nepalese Gurkhas who were recipients of the Victoria Cross. Son of Partiman Gurung who was allowed to join the British Indian Army in December 1940 even with a height of 4’11” tall which is below the minimum requirement. He received his VC on 19 December 1945 at Red Ford in Delhi from the Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Lord Wavell.

At the age of 27, Rifleman Lachhiman Gurung, 4th Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles was able to accomplish this significant deed in the Indian Army during World War II on May 1945 which gave him the honor to receive the VC.

 

Rifleman Gurung and his battalion was a part of the 89th Indian Infantry Brigade of 7th Indian Infantry Division ordered to attack Japanese forces after crossing the Irrawaddy River on their way from Prome to Taungup. Gurung, as part of the two companies of the 4th Battalion, 8th Gurkha Rifles, waited till dawn at Taungdaw, Burma where the Japanese soldiers disengaged. On the 12th and 13th of May 1945, Rifleman Gurung was setting up his platoon that bore an impact from the attack of 200 Japanese enemy, he threw forcefully his grenade twice and accidentally had fallen on his trench but the third throw exploded in his right hand, shattering his arms, his fingers blown off, body, face and right leg severely wounded. Together with him were his two comrades also suffered wounds. But disregarding his severe wounds using his left hand, Gurung loaded and fired his rifle and in four hours he   waited patiently and silently for each attack which he encountered with fire at point blank range. His citation in the London Gazette ends with:

...”Of the 87 enemy dead counted in the immediate vicinity of the Company locality, 31 lay in front of this Rifleman's section, the key to the whole position.”

“This Rifleman, by his magnificent example, so inspired his comrades to resist the enemy to the last, that, although surrounded and cut off for three days and two nights, they held and smashed every attack. His outstanding gallantry and extreme devotion to duty, in the face of almost overwhelming odds, were the main factors in the defeat of the enemy.” 

RIFLEMAN BHANBHAGTA GURUNG

  • Born September 1921 Phalbu, Nepal  bhanbhagtagurung
  • Died 1 March 2008 at the age of 86 in Gorkha,Nepal
  • Allegiance Nepal
  • Service/branch British Indian Army
  • Years of service 1939–1946
  • Rank Havildar
  • Unit 2nd Gurkha Rifles
  • Battles/wars World War II Burma Campaign
  • Awards       Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
                       Star of Nepal

Short Description

Bhanbhagta Gurung is a non-commissioned officer of the Nepalese Gurkha, one of the recipients of the Victoria Cross. At an early age of 18, he was recruited in the British Indian Army and joined the 3rd Batallion, 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles. He was awarded with his VC on the 16th of October 1945 by King George VI at Buckingham Palace.

Bhanbhagta Gurung was promoted to Lance Naik (Lance Corporal) after which he rendered service under the leadership of Brigadier Orde Wingate on March 1943 during the Chindit expedition into Northern Burma. Gurung was serving Number 4 Column when the ambush took place by the Japanese 33rd Division and dispersal was ordered upon them. His battalion needed refitting and additional training for several months so they withdrew from the line then in 1944 of March the troop was redeployed in Akran in the 25th Indian Division to fight from Mayu Range to Akyab. Thereafter he received his promotion to Corporal.

Gurung was at the age of 24, a Rifleman in the 3rd Batallion of the 2nd Gurkhas, British Indian Army when his unrivaled bravery made him an awardee of VC.

March 5 of 1945 Rifleman Gurung and his battalion were nearing at Snowdon-East, Burma when they were pinned down by the enemy sniper and suffered casualties. Suffering too much from the sniper Gurung unable to target fire to the enemy in lying position, in brave conduct he stood up opened fire aiming at the enemy sniper and was able to kill him, saving his battalion from further destruction. The section advanced again but this time the encounter was on heavy fire. Gurung with his sole decision, not waiting for orders immediately bolted out to fire the first enemy fox-hole. With the 2 grenades in his possession he threw to the two occupants and they were killed, then again without delay he rushed on the adjacent fox-hole using his bayonet and was able to kill the Japanese in it. Furthermore, he finished two fox-holes with his bayonet and grenades. All along his single-handed attacks to these fox-holes, he was subjected to a continuous Light Machine Gun fire. But for the fifth bout, Gurung proceeded alone exposed to heavy fire, jumped over the roof of the bunker and flung two No. 77 smoke grenades directly to the slit and killed two Japanese soldiers with his Kukri and again he surged into the cramped bunker killing the remaining Japanese warriors. Massive loss to the enemy is because of his courage, bravery and for completely disregarding his own safety. Gurung’s regiment achieved “Tamadu”, the battle honor and was awarded Victoria Cross from King George VI at Buckingham Palace.

LANCE CORPORAL RAM BAHADUR LIMBU

  • Born 8 July 1939 Chyangthapu, Yangrop Thum,rambahadurthapa
    Limbuwan, East Nepal
  • Allegiance United Kingdom British Army
  • Service/branch Brigade of Gurkhas, British Army
  • Years of service 1960s – 1985
  • Rank Captain
          Unit 2nd Battalion, 10th        Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles.
  • Battles/wars Malayan Emergency
           Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation

Battle of Bau

  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Member Royal Victorian Order Pingat Jasa Malaysia

 

Short Description
Lance-Corporal Ram Bahadur Limbu is a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious and the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy to the Commonwealth and British forces. Limbu was 26 years old Lance Corporal during the Indonesian Confrontation, belonging to the Begha Clan of Limbu Nationality of Nepal. After retiring from military service, he established residence in Damak.

In an advance party of 16 Gurkhas headed by Lance-Corporal Ram Bahadur Limbu when the encounter of 30 Indonesians happened. The Indonesians then were positioned on top of a jungle-covered hill. Limbu with two other men forwarded and when they were approximately 10 yards nearing the enemy the sentry started the fire targeting them but Lance Corporal Limbu hurriedly threw a grenade killing the sentry. Limbu’s party was fired again by the remaining enemy combatants and his two companions were wounded. He rushed forward near the other wounded soldier, picked him up and secured in a safe place, and asked for support and was able to retrieve their Bren gun and in seconds this non-commissioned officer in his own capacity alone, brave enough and started to fire and aimed at enemy’s automatic weapons killing many of the opponents. Lance-Corporal Ram Bahadur Limbu is a living recipient of the Victoria Cross.