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Gajbahadur Gurung – Tributes To Fallen Gurkha Soldier, A ‘Born Leader Of Men’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 29, 2012

Comrades of a Gurkha who was shot dead in Afghanistan have described him as a “born leader of men”.

Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung from the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment was serving as a part of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North), and was a member of an International Security Assistance Force foot patrol to disrupt insurgent activity when he received a fatal gunshot wound on Friday.

A total of 397 UK military personnel have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001.

Nepalese L/Cpl Gurung, known as Gaj, joined the Brigade of Gurkhas on December 18 2004 at British Gurkhas, Pokhara, Nepal, the Ministry of Defence said.

L/Cpl Gurung, who has been deployed to Afghanistan three times during his military career, was posted to 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in 2009.

A MoD spokesman said during the latest tour, his Company was tasked with holding an area north east of Helmand’s second city, Gereshk.

On Friday, his patrol came under small arms fire and he was fatally wounded, the spokesman said.

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Bradbury, Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, said: “He touched so many lives for the better. His peers in Delhi Company and all of us in the chain of command knew him as an intelligent, charismatic and inquisitive natural leader of men. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gurkha hero and activist Tul Bahadur Pun dies in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 21, 2011

A former Gurkha soldier who won the Victoria Cross and later became the figurehead for a campaign on Gurkha’s rights

Joanna Lumley credited Mr Pun him as having saved her own soldier father's life in 1944

to settle in the UK has died.

Tul Bahadur Pun died in his home village of Myagdi, in Nepal, aged 88.

He received the Victoria Cross for saving the lives of dozens of his comrades in Burma during WWII.

In 2009 he campaigned for Gurkhas’ rights alongside actress Joanna Lumley, who credited him as having saved her own soldier father’s life in 1944.

Although Mr Pun was listed as 88 years old when he died it is thought his real age was 92, because birth records were inaccurate in the country at the time.

He won the military decoration after he saved the lives of his comrades by single-handedly attacking a Japanese machine-gun position in Burma in June 1944.

Martin Howe, his solicitor and joint leader of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, said Mr Pun’s efforts were instrumental in bringing about a turning point in the war in the Far East, by opening the way for the allied troops to take the strategically important town of Mogaung. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gorlkha and Gurkha

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 29, 2010

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Gurkha veteran warns other nations would hire brigade if UK rejects

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 7, 2010


London, Sept 5 (ANI): A Gurkha veteran, Chhatra Rai, has warned that Gurkhas will fight for other nations if their brigade is axed from the British Army, as countries like Australia are ready to hire them.

According to the Daily Express, they could also flood the “gun for hire” mercenary market in the world’s war zones.

“Australia wanted the Gurkhas in 1990. Even today, Australia recruits Gurkhas who have served as much as 15 years with the British forces, which shows how highly they are regarded. It’s possible they, or other nations, would be interested if Britain no longer wanted us,” Rai said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gurkha veterans honoured by UK

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 25, 2010


Kathmandu: Britain has honoured the families of six Gurkha veterans, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the British Army, with Elizabeth Cross and Memorial Scroll.

Colonel Andrew MacFarlane Mills conferred the prestigious honours to the families and dependents of the veteran Gurkhas at a function in Dharan district, the British Embassy here said.

They were conferred with the awards for sacrificing their lives while serving in the British Army, it said. “This seems to me a right and proper way of showing our enduring debt to those who are killed while actively protecting what is most dear to us all”, Queen Elizabeth II said in her message.

Introduced in July 2009, the Elizabeth Cross, named after the current British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, is a commemorative emblem given to the recognised next of kin of members of the British Armed Forces killed in action or as a result of a terrorist attack after the Second World War. Read the rest of this entry »

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