Rifleman Ganju Lama VC, 7th Gurkha Rifles, 1944

Rifleman Ganju Lama VC, 7th Gurkha Rifles, 1944
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Rifleman Ganju Lama VC, MM, 1st Battalion, 7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles, 1944.

Photograph, World War Two, 1944.

Ganju Lama was born on 7 July 1922 in the village of Sangmo in Sikkim of a Tibetan father, who was a mandal (village headman) and a Nepalese mother. He was admitted into the Gurkhas at the age of 18 only because in wartime the regiment let slip its usually stringent ethnic criterion. He won the VC in Burma on 12 June 1944. Lama, the No. 1 of the PIAT gun, on his own initiative, with great coolness and complete disregard for his own safety, crawled forward and engaged Japanese tanks single-handed.

Ganju Lama was invested with his VC by the Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Lord Wavell, at the Red Fort, Delhi, on 24 October 1944.

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NAM. 1951-02-10-29

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