Lieutenant Tulbahadur Pun VC - Gurkha war heros agony

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  1. Yeah yeah, before anyone goes off on one I know its from the Sun but its worth reporting and well IMHO a total disgrace....

    Gurkha war hero's agony

    Read the article and lets hear some views.... Maybe enough letters to the Museum will 'help' them change their minds...
  2. It's because of people like Mr Pun that toadying little twerps like this museum representative live in freedom - it makes me sick!
  3. My blood is boiling... is this going to be a tragic ending to one of this country's war hero's?

    We do need a federation.
  4. The pityness of it all, but typical.
    That currator should ashamed of himself.

    Think some questions should be asked of
    how the regiments assosiation could donate
    the medals without the owners consent.
  5. Anybody got the email, so Arrse could use some of its clout and start a campaign???
  6. There is a contact us page on the museum website

    Major Gerald Davies (the curator)

  7. If there is truth in this story then its an outrage.

    How many Arrsers can write and forward thier thoughts to the curator of the Ghurka museum, expressing thier disgruntlement at their reluctance to forward the medal.

    I'm sure there must be more to the story, but if its a matter of funding a mans time and airfare to accompany it then I'm sure the ranks of this site would be more than prepared to chip in.

    Men such as this should live forever, if not in reality then in legend he is being relayed to generations of younger soldiers.

    Why not ask Beharry if he would like to take his medal to him? hows that for a KAPE exercise.

    PS..... Are Ghurka museum curators scary little fcukers too? :D
  8. Just contacted them.. Think we all should.
  9. Spanish_Dave

    Spanish_Dave LE Good Egg (charities)

    I just e mailed and registered my disgust :x
  10. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    A quick part of his citation:

    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS to :-

    No. 10119 Rifleman Tullbahadur Pun, 6th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army.

    In Burma on June 23rd, 1944, a Battalion of the 6th Gurkha Rifles was ordered to attack the Railway Bridge at Mogaung. Immediately the attack developed the enemy opened concentrated and sustained cross fire at close range from a position known as the Red House and from a strong bunker position two hundred yards to the left of it.

    So intense was this cross fire that both the leading platoons of 'B' Company, one of which was Rifleman Tulbahadur Pun's, were pinned to the ground and the whole of his Section was wiped out with the exception of himself, the Section commander and one other man. The Section commander immediately led the remaining two men in a charge on the Red House but was at once badly wounded. Rifleman Tulbahadur Pun and his remaining companion continued the charge, but the latter too was immediately wounded.

    Rifleman Tulbahadur Pun then seized the Bren Gun, and firing from the hip as he went, continued the charge on this heavily bunkered position alone, in the face of the most shattering concentration of automatic fire, directed straight at him. With the dawn coming up behind him, he presented a perfect target to the Japanese. He had to move for thirty yards over open ground, ankle deep in mud, through shell holes and over fallen trees.

    Despite these overwhelming odds, he reached the Red House and closed with the Japanese occupations. He killed three and put five more to flight and captured two light machine guns and much ammunition. He then gave accurate supporting fire from the bunker to the remainder of his platoon which enabled them to reach their objective.

    His outstanding courage and superb gallantry in the face of odds which meant almost certain death were most inspiring to all ranks and beyond praise.
  11. I remeber seeing a display of this by the Gurkhas as a kid at the royal tournament, i sit here in total disgust
  12. You're better writing one letter, posting it on here, the ARRSE're can then cut and paste it into word, putting their name to it.

    The Curator will then know it's an organised campaign and may take a little more note than letters from individuals.......

    Happy to draft a formal if needed.

    Beebs x
  13. That sounds like an excellent plan, I'd be pleased to put my name to it.

    Go for it Beebs :)
  14. I'm ex RAF and I have exRAF friends who now fly for civvie airlines. I have no problem asking if one of those companies might do a PR job? Although it would be nice if MoD did soething but we all know what they're like ;)