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Rambahadur Limbu

(1939-), Gurkha soldier; recipient of the Victoria Cross

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Born in Chyangthapu village, Limbuwan, East Nepal, at 26 years old he served as a Lance-Corporal in the 2nd Battallion, 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha's Rifles of the British Army during the Indonesian Confrontation (1963–66). On 21 November 1965 his battalion was ordered to defend a position of 5000 metres inside the border between Malaysia and Indonesia in the Bau District of Sarawak. Whilst advancing to the nearest trench which was manned with a machine gun, he came under heavy machine gun fire, he rushed forward and killed the enemy machine-gunner with a grenade. The battle lasted an hour, resulting in 24 enemy deaths and three Gurkha deaths. Limbu rescued two of his wounded men whilst under heavy machine gun fire. Limbu received his VC from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 12 July 1966. It is the only VC awarded to a Gurkha since the Second World War.

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Rambahadur Limbu

by Rory Lewis
archival inkjet print, 2016
NPG x199713


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