Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Rfmn. Karanbahadur Rana – 10 April 1918

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: No. 4146 Rfm. Karanbahadur Rana

Unit: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Gurkha Rifles

Date: 10 April 1918

Engagement: El Kefr, Egypt, WWI

Citation: For most conspicuous bravery, resource in action under adverse conditions, and utter contempt for danger. During an attack he, with a few other men, succeeded under intense fire, in creeping forward with a Lewis gun in order to engage an enemy machine gun which had caused severe casualties to officers and other ranks who had attempted to put it out of action. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Lt. Charles Grant – 9 April 1891

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the VictoriaCross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Lt. Charles James William Grant, commanding a detachment of eighty Punjabi and Gurkha soldiers

Unit: Madras Staff Corps, Indian Army

Date: 9th April 1891

Engagement: Manipur Expedition, British India

(In March 1891, during a revolt in the eastern Indian State of Manipur, several British officers were murdered, while others were imprisoned.) Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Subedar Lalbahadur Thapa – 5 April 1943

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Subedar Lalbahadur Thapa

Unit:  2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles
(The Sirmoor Rifles)

Date: 5 April 1943

Engagement: Rass-es-Zouai, Tunisia, World War 2

Citation: On the night of 5th-6th April, 1943, during the silent attack on the Rass-Ez-Zouai feature, Subadar Lalbahadur Thapa was second in command of D Company. The Commander of No. 16 Platoon was detached with one Section to secure an isolated feature on the left of the Company’s objective. Subadar Lalbahadur Thapa took command of the remaining two Sections and led them forward towards the main feature on the outer ridge, in order to break through and secure the one and only passage by which the vital commanding feature could be seized to cover the penetration of the Division into the hills. On the capture of these hills the whole success of the Corps plan depended. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Rfmn. Bhanbhagta Gurung – 5 March 1945

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha VCs, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung

Unit: 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles
(The Sirmoor Rifles)

Date: 5th March 1945

Engagement: Snowden East, Burma, WW2

Citation: In Burma on 5th March 1945, a Company of the 2nd Gurkha Rifles attacked an enemy position known as Snowden East. On approaching the objective one of the sections was forced to ground by very heavy Light Machine Gun, grenade and mortar fire, and owing to the severity of this fire was unable to move in any direction. While thus pinned, the section came under accurate fire from a tree sniper some 75 yards to the South. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Maj. George Campbell Wheeler – 23rd February 1917

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Maj. George Campbell Wheeler

Unit: 9th Gurkha Rifles

Date: 23rd February 1917

Engagement: Shumran, Mesopotamia, World War I

Citation: Maj. George Campbell Wheeler, Gurkha Rifles, Ind. A.  For the most conspicuous bravery and determination. This officer, together with one Gurkha officer and eight men, crossed a river and immediately rushed the enemy’s trench under heavy bombing, rifle, machine gun, and artillery fire.  Having obtained a footing on the river bank, he was almost immediately afterwards counter-attacked by strong enemy party with bombers.

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1950s post-Mk.3 kukri

P1140240I’ve got a couple of things you’ll want to see,” said my favourite antique dealer, as he brought two kukris out from under the counter.  One was a lion’s head kukri with a filigree pattern metal handle and the other was a wooden-handled kukri in dark brown leather sheath complete with military-type frog (belt hanger).
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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Lt. John Adam Tytler – 10 February 1858

Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

One of a series of posts concerning Gurkha recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of which will appear on the anniversary of the action leading to the award.

Recipient: Lt. John Adam Tytler

Unit: 66th Bengal (Ghoorkha) Native Infantry (Later 1st Gurkha Rifles)

Date: 10th February 1858

Engagement: Indian Mutiny

Citation: On the attacking parties approaching the enemy’s position under a heavy fire of round shot, grape, and musketry, on the occasion of the Action at Choorpoorah, on the 10th February last, Lieutenant Tytler dashed on horse-back ahead of all, and alone, up to the enemy’s guns Continue reading

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Nice kukri, interesting owner

I was kindly donated a kukri which belonged to Edward Henry Le Brocq, Chief of Police in Jersey, Channel Islands, in the 1950s.  Prior to service in Jersey, Le Brocq was a senior member of the (pre-independence) Indian Police Service.

The India Office and Burma Office List for 1945 mentions “LE BROCQ, EDWARD HENRY, Indian Police (supt., Bengal) (b. 25th May 1903). – Joined the service as asst. supt., Bengal, 6th Jan 1923″. Continue reading

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New blade – a Burmese dha

A visit to my usual antiques shop in the perennial search for new and interesting kukris has led me in an unexpected direction.  I have mentioned before that some kukris just look right – all the proportions are visually correct;  this time, it was a long thin blade (clearly not a kukri!) which jumped up and down, silently shouting ‘Buy me! Buy me!’; and so I did. Continue reading

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Late WW2 private purchase kukri

My personal taste is to leave old kukris in their original condition, with the exception of removing/treating rust, but this late WW2 private purchase kukri has been cleaned to better than as-new condition (by the owner, not me!).

What is revealed is a good quality kukri manufactured to military mk.3 pattern in terms of blade profile, but with a rat-tail tang as opposed to a full-width tang as on an issue Mk.3. It has a nice, welded steel bolster, forming a single high-strength unit and, interestingly, the butt cap is brass (with a steel bolster you would generally expect a steel butt cap).

The frog is of the full military pattern.

As ever, much assistance received from the friendly denizens of IKRHS.

Late WW2 private purchase kukri

Late WW2 private purchase kukri

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