Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Lt. Guy Hudleston Boisragon – 2 December 1891

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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. Guy Hudleston Boisragon

Unit: Indian Staff Corps, 5th Gurkha Rifles

Date: 2 December, 1891

Engagement:  Nilt Fort, Hunza-Naga Campaign, India

Citation: Lt. Guy Hudleston Boisragon.  For his conspicuous bravery in the assault and capture of the Nilt Fort on 2nd December, 1891.  This Officer led the assault with dash and determination, and forced his way through difficult obstacles to the inner gate, when he returned for reinforcements, moving intrepidly to and fro under a heavy cross-fire until he had collected sufficient men to relieve the hardly pressed storming party and drive the enemy from the fort. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas – Capt. John Cook – 2 December 1878

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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: Capt. John Cook

Unit: Bengal Staff Corps, 5th Gurkha Rifles

Date: 2 December, 1878

Engagement:  Peiwar Kotal, Second Anglo-Afghan War, Umbeyla Campaign.

Citation: Captain John Cook.  For a signal act of valour at the action of the Peiwar Kotal on the 2nd December, 1878, in having, during a very heavy, fire, charged out of the entrenchments with such impetuosity that the enemy broke and fled, when, perceiving, at the close of the melee, the danger of Major Galbraith, Assistant Adjutant-General, Durum Column Field Force, who was in personal conflict with an Afghan soldier, Captain Cook distracted his attention to himself, and aiming a sword cut which the Douranee avoided, sprang upon him, and, grasping his throat, grappled with him.  They both fell to the ground. The Douranee, a most powerful man, still endeavouring to use his rifle, seized Captain Cook’s arm in his teeth until the struggle was ended by the man being shot through the head. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Capt. Richard Kirby Ridgeway – 22 November 1879

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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: Capt. Richard Kirby Ridgeway

Unit: 44th Gurkha Rifles (later 1/8th Gurkha Rifles)

Date: 22 November, 1879

Engagement: Konoma, Naga Hills Expedition

Citation: Captain Richard Kirby Ridgeway.  For conspicuous gallantry throughout the attack on Konoma, on the 22nd November, 1879, more especially in the final assault when, under a heavy fire from the enemy, he rushed up to a barricade and attempted to tear down the planking surrounding it, to enable him to effect an entrance, in which act he received a very severe rifle shot wound in the left shoulder. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – L-Cpl. Rambahadur Limbu – 21 November 1965

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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: Lance Corporal Rambahadur Limbu

Unit: 2nd Battalion, 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles

Date: 21 November 1965

Engagement: Sarawak, Borneo

Citation: 21148786 Lance Corporal RAMBAHADUR LIMBU, 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles.

On 21st November 1965 in the Bau District of Sarawak Lance Corporal RAMBAHADUR LIMBU was with his Company when they discovered and attacked a strong enemy force located in the Border area. The enemy were strongly entrenched in Platoon strength, on top of a sheer sided hill the only approach to which was along a knife edge ridge allowing only three men to move abreast. Leading his support group in the van of the attack he could see the nearest trench and in it a sentry manning a machine gun. Determined to gain first blood he inched himself forward until, still ten yards from his enemy, he was seen and the sentry opened fire, immediately wounding a man to his right. Rushing forward he reached the enemy trench in seconds and killed the sentry, thereby gaining for the attacking force a first but firm foothold on the objective. The enemy were now fully alerted and, from their positions in depth, brought down heavy automatic fire on the attacking force, concentrating this onto the area of the trench held alone by Lance Corporal RAMBAHADUR LIMBU. Continue reading

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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Rfmn. Thaman Gurung – 10 November 1944

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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: Rifleman Thaman Gurung

Unit: 1st Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles

Date: 10 November 44

Engagement: Monte San Bartolo (Italian campaign)

Citation:  No. 55537 Rifleman Thaman Gurung, 5th Royai Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), Indian Army.

In Italy on 10 November 1944 a Company of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles was ordered to send a fighting patrol on to Monte San Bartolo, an objective of a future attack. In this patrol were two scouts, one of whom was Thaman Gurung.
By skillful stalking both scouts succeeded in reaching the base of the position undetected. Rifleman Thaman Gurung then started to work his way to the summit; the second scout attracted his attention to Germans in a slit trench just below the crest, who were preparing to fire with a machine gun at the leading section. Realizing that if the enemy succeeded in opening fire, the section would certainly sustain heavy casualties, Rifleman Thaman Gurung leapt to his feet and charged them. Completely taken by surprise, the Germans surrendered without opening fire.
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Brigade of Gurkhas VCs – Rfmn. Kulkbir Thapa – 25 September 1915

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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: Rifleman Kulbir Thapa

Unit: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles.

Date: 25 September 1915

Engagement: Mauquissart

 

Citation: 2129 Rifleman Kulbir Thapa,

For most conspicuous bravery during operations against the German trenches south of Mauquissart.
When, himself wounded, on the 25th September, 1915, he found a badly wounded soldier of the 2nd Leicestershire Regiment behind the first line German trench, and, though urged by the British soldier to save himself, he remained with him all day and night. In the early morning of the 26th. September, in misty weather, he brought him out through the German wire and, leaving him in a place of comparative safety, returned and brought in two wounded Gurkhas one after the other. He then went back in broad daylight for the British soldier and brought him in also, carrying him most of the way and being at most points, under the enemy’s fire.
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Another ‘Khyber Pass Special’

Earlier his week a friend complained, tongue in cheek, that the Range Officer wouldn’t let him fire his Martini-action pistol on the pistol range. When I saw it, I knew why!

Some time back I wrote about an alleged Enfield Martini-Henry .577-450 rifle which was almost certainly a ‘Khyber Pass Special’, handmade (that’s not a positive in this case!) on the Pakistani/Afghan border; well, I’m pretty certain I’ve found another one. Continue reading

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Bone-handled, post-WW2 ‘take-home’ kukri

During/shortly after WW2 there was a brisk trade in souvenir (‘take-home’) kukris for sale to (particularly) Britsh and US servicemen as a memento of their ‘time in foreign parts’. These were generally wallhangers rather than users, and construction standards were often basic. My latest kukri falls into the 1940s ‘take-home’ category but is interesting for a couple of reasons. Continue reading

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Another (bigger) K. B. Thakuri kukri

As a result of the two earlier blog posts about K. B. Thakuri kukris, I was contacted by a reader with photos of a Thakuri kukri brought back after WW2 by his father (who was attached to Fourth Indian Division, as was my own father).

The kukri’s features are very similar to its two stablemates here in Jersey, but overall it is significantly longer (39.5cm as opposed to 27.5cm). Continue reading

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Vintage .410 ammo

The club ammo store has just been reorganised and guess what was found in the process?

Vintage .410 ammo

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