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Lachhiman Gurung

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Gurung was once born on December 30, 1917, in the village of Dahakhani, Chitwan District of Nepal, the son of Partiman Gurung.[3] He joined the British Indian Army in December 1940, authorized to enlist in wartime even though he used to be solely 4’11” (1.5m) tall and so under the peacetime minimal height.[4][5] He was once 27 years old, and a Rifleman in the 4th Battalion, eighth Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army all through World War II when the following deed took area in May 1945 for which he was once awarded the VC.

His Battalion used to be phase of the 89th Indian Infantry Brigade of seventh Indian Infantry Division, which used to be ordered to move the Irrawaddy River and assault Japanese forces to the north of the street from Prome to Taungup. The Japanese withdrew closer to Taungdaw, the place Gurung used to be section of the two groups of the 4th Battalion, eighth Gurkha Rifles, ready when the Japanese attacked in pressure in the early morning.

On 12/13 May 1945 at Taungdaw, Burma [now Myanmar], Rifleman Lachhiman Gurung used to be manning the most ahead publish of his platoon which bore the brunt of an assault via at least 200 of the Japanese enemy. He hurled returned two hand grenades which had fallen on his trench, however the 1/3 exploded in his proper hand after he tried to throw it back, blowing off his fingers, shattering his arm and severely wounding him in the face, physique and proper leg. His two comrades have been additionally badly wounded however the rifleman, now on my own and brushing off his wounds, loaded and fired his rifle with his left hand for 4 hours (all whilst he screamed “Come and battle a Gurkha!”), flippantly ready for every assault which he met with hearth at factor clean range.

His quotation in the London Gazette ends with…

…Of the 87 enemy useless counted in the instant neighborhood of the Company locality, 31 lay in the front of this Rifleman’s section, the key to the entire position. Had the enemy succeeded in over-running and occupying Rifleman Lachhiman Gurung’s trench, the complete of the reverse slope role would have been absolutely dominated and turned.

This Rifleman, by means of his extraordinary example, so stimulated his comrades to face up to the enemy to the last, that, even though surrounded and reduce off for three days and two nights, they held and smashed each and every attack.

His tremendous gallantry and severe devotion to duty, in the face of nearly overwhelming odds, had been the most important elements in the defeat of the enemy.

He acquired his Victoria Cross from the Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Lord Wavell at the Red Fort in Delhi on 19 December 1945.