Victoria Cross

Tul Bahadur Pu was born in 1923 in a small village Tiplyang, Myagdi District, Nepal. He enlisted in the Brigade of Gurkhas in 1941 and after comleting his recruit training he joined the 6th Gurkha Rifles. On the 23rd June 1944,the Battalion was involved in an action in which Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun distinguised himself and earned a Victoria Cross (Highest Military Decoration in the United Kingdom). In the sweltering heat of Burma on 23 June 1944 the 6th Gurkha Rifles attacked a railway bridge at Mogaung but were immediately counter-attacked by Japanese forces, who opened up concentrated and sustained fire from two positions, a well-prepared bunker and a position named Red House approximately 200 yards apart. As Tul Bahadur Pun’s section advanced it was wiped out apart from his section commander, one other man and himself. Their predicament was grim, but the section commander bravely continued his attack on the Red House but fell badly wounded Tul Bahadur Pun continued with the last survivor, who was also seriously wounded. Now alone, he picked up a Bren gun and, firing from the hip, continued his charge under intense fire. He was now in mud up to his ankles and dodging shell holes and fallen trees. With dawn approaching he presented a perfect target to the Japanese, who continued to pour down a concentration of automatic fire straight at him. Despite the overwhelming conditions he reached the Red House and in close-quarter fighting killed three of the enemy and watched as five others ran for their lives. He then took over the Japanese machine gun which had caused his section so many losses and gave accurate supporting fire from the Red House, which enabled his platoon to capture their objective. He was presented with his VC by Field Marshall Viscount Wavell at a special parade in Delhi in March 1945. He rose to Warrant Officer rank and was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of his Battalion. On retirement on 14th may 1959 he was pormoted to Honorary Lieutenent (QGO). One of the many lives he saved by his courageous action that day was that of Major James Lumley, the father of the actress Joanna Lumley, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Gurkhas to enable them to settle in this country in their retirement. Tul Bahadur Pun was eventually allowed to come to the United Kingdom with his family in 2007. Honorary Lieutenant (QGO) Tul Bahadur Pun VC passed away peacefully at his home in Tiplyang, Myagdi District , Nepal on wednesday 20 Aprill 2011. Several Hundred mourners attended the funeral. The world has lost him but his bravery would never be forgotten.

Decorations and Medals

  • Victoria Cross
  • 1939-1945 Star
  • Burma Star
  • War Medal 1939-1945
  • India Service Medal
  • Indian General Service Medal (1918)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal (1953)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (LSGC)
  • India Independence Medal
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Victoria Cross

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