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.
No. 1 of the Lewis gun opened fire, and was shot immediately. Without a moment’s hesitation Rifleman Karanbahadur pushed the dead man off the gun , and in spite of bombs thrown at him and heavy fire from both flanks, he opened fire and knocked out the enemy machine-gun crew; then, switching his fire on to the enemy bombers and riflemen in front of him, he silenced their fire. He kept his gun in action and showed the greatest coolness in removing defects which on two occasions prevented the gun from firing. During the remainder of the day he did magnificent work, and when a withdrawal was ordered he assisted with covering fire until the enemy were close on him. He displayed throughout a very high standard of valour and devotion to duty. 

London Gazette: no. 30757. p.7307 (18 June 1918)

Rfmn. Karanbahadur Rana, VC

Rfmn. Karanbahadur Rana, VC

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