Last Gurkha VC dies

Captain Rambahadur Limbu, who received the VC from Queen Elizabeth II following his actions during the Indonesian Confrontation, has died in Kathmandu, aged 83.

“This is my first Victoria Cross, you know,” Her Majesty had told him at his Buckingham Palace investiture.

On November 21, 1965, the lance corporal was serving with the 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles near Bau in Sarawak, Borneo. His company attacked a strongly entrenched enemy atop a sheer-sided rise, with a narrow ridge wide enough for just three men abreast the only approach.

Limbu led his support group to the closest trench, inching himself closer until he was seen and fired upon at just ten yards. Limbu rushed forward and killed the machine gunner, gaining the first foothold. The enemy then concentrated fire on the trench.

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