Tul Bahadur Pun VC
The small beautiful village named Banduk is situated at the upper hill of the Kali River in mid-western Nepal. In the same village Word War II veteran Tulbhahaur Pun VC was born. At the foothill of the same river shore there is a small settlement area, named Tiplyang Bazaar, where he spending the most of his life.
Beni Bazaar, the District Headquarters of Myagdi, can be reached after driving nearly 4 hours from Pokhara. Beni Bazaar is located at the crossroads of the river Kali and river Myagdi. Tiplyang is nearly an hour?s driving distance, and after a one and half an hour vertical climb over the hill one reaches the birthplace of Tulbahadur Pun VC.
Tul Bahadur Pun was born in Banduk, Nepal on March 23rd, 1923. He entered military service in the Gurkha Brigade and following basic training, he was posted to 3rd Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles. The unit was deployed in the Chindits Expedition.
In 1947 he entered military service in the British Army and was posted to 2nd/6th Gurkha Rifles, being deployed in Malaysia and in Hong Kong. During his active military period he rose to the rank of Sergeant-Major. He retired May 1959 and was promoted to the rank of Honorary Major. Pun moved to his birthplace and dedicated his life to farming and social activities. He established two schools in the vicinity of his hometown.
In 2007 he emigrated to Great Britain and settled in Hounslow London. Later on he relocated to Chiswick London.April 20th, 2011, he passed away in his birthplace Banduk whilst attending the opening of a new school.
Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun VC, Chindit
The London Gazette
Of Tuesday, the 7th of November, 1944
War Office, 9th November, 1944
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS to :
NO. 10119 Rifleman Tul Bahadur 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.
Rifleman Tul Bahadur Pun then seized the Bren Gun, and firing from the hip as the went, continued the charge on his heavily bunkered position alone, in the face of the most shattering concentration of automatic fire, directed straight at him. With the down 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.
Desipite 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 were most inspiring to all ranks and beyond praise
Decorations and medals
- Victoria Cross
- 1939-1945 Star
- Burma Star
- War Medal 1939-1945
- India Service Medal
- General Service Medal (1918)
- Coronation Medal 1953
- Jublee Medale 1977
- Golden Jublee Medale 2002
- Army long Service and Good Conduct Medale
- India Independence Medal