Small in statue but we all walked in his shadow, rest in peace.

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  1. Today its been reported that Gurkha Lachhiman Gurung VC has died aged 93.
    Gurung won his VC in WW2 by single handedly holding his trench against the Japenese in Burma even when wounded he still challenged the Japanese to come and fight him up close.
    Gurung - just 4ft 11in - was serving with the Gurkha Rifles in May 1945 when his company was cut off by Japanese troops.
    The outpost he was manning with a handful of other soldiers came under attack from hundreds of enemies and Gurung was forced to throw away grenades that landed inside his trench.
    However, the third time he attempted the feat, it blew up in his hand, severing his fingers and shattering his wrist and seriously wounding all other men nearby.
    For the next four hours he used his left arm to fire and reload his rifle, repelling the Japanese and leaving 31 dead in front of his position, which they could not breach.
    After the war he was awarded the Victoria Cross 'for his magnificent example, so inspired his comrades to resist the enemy to the last that, although surrounded and cut off for three days and two nights, they held and smashed every attack'.
    He was last seen campaigning with Joanna Lumley for the Gurkhas right to settle in the UK.
    Lumley had this to say about him "Although he was small in stature we shall all walk in his shadow"
    Rest in peace Bravest of the Brave.

    Gurkha Lachhiman Gurung: Victoria Cross hero dies aged 93 | Mail Online
     
  2. One word to say, AMEN
     
  3. Strange, just been reading about him on a Nepalese website... Apparently, he was commissioned and served with the Indian Army after Partition. About 20 years after winning his VC, he developed a swelling on one of his legs, which turned into a boil. When it burst, out popped a Japanese bullet! Nails...

    Rest in Peace.
     
  4. "stature" surely????

    Unless of course they have done a small statue of him and in which case I apologise profusely.
     
  5. Amen as above. RIP a truly brave man!