Rifleman Bhanubhakta Gurung VC



However, during the night the Japanese attacked Snowdon East in overwhelming strength, killing half the Gurkhas on it; the remainder, completely out of ammunition, managed to cut their way through to their comrades on Snowdon.

The following day "B" Company, with which Bhanubhakta was serving, was ordered to retake Snowdon East "regardless of cost".

Bhanubhakta\’s citation (in which his name was spelled Bhanbhagta) recorded that: "On approaching the objective, one of the sections of the company was forced to the ground by a 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 down, the section also came under accurate fire from a sniper in a tree some 75 yards to the south. As this sniper was inflicting casualties on the section, Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung stood up and, while fully exposed to heavy fire, calmly killed the enemy sniper with his rifle, thus saving his section from suffering further casualties."

Bhanubhakta then began to run for the top of the hill, yelling for his comrades to follow him. Though the casualties were heavy, the section ploughed forward until within 20 yards of their objective, when the Gurkhas were again halted by exceptionally heavy fire.

Without waiting for any orders, Bhanubhakta dashed forward alone and attacked the first enemy foxhole. Throwing two grenades, which killed the two occupants of the trench, he immediately rushed on to the next enemy foxhole and killed the two Japanese in it with his bayonet.

All this time he was under continuous light-machine-gun fire from a bunker on the north tip of the objective, and two further fox-holes were still bringing fire to bear upon the section. Bhanubhakta dashed forward and cleared these trenches with bayonet and grenades.

He then turned his attention to the machine-gun bunker, and realising, as the citation put it, that it "would hold up not only his own platoon which was not behind him, but also another platoon which was advancing from the west", he pushed forward a fifth time to knock out the position.

"He ran forward and leapt on to the roof of the bunker from where, his hand grenades being finished, he flung two No 72 smoke grenades into the bunker\’s slit." Two Japanese rushed out of the bunker, partially blinded by the smoke and with their clothes aflame with phosphorous; Bhanubhakta promptly killed them both with his kukri.

One Japanese soldier remained inside, holding up 4 Platoon\’s advance with the machine gun. Bhanubhakta crawled in and, prevented by the cramped space from using his bayonet or kukri, beat the gunner\’s brains out with a rock.

Most of the objectives had now been cleared by the men behind, but the enemy which had been driven off were collecting for a counter-attack beneath the north end of the objective.

Bhanubhakta ordered the nearest Bren gunner and two riflemen to take up positions in the captured bunker with him, from where they repelled the enemy counter-attack.

11 thoughts on “Rifleman Bhanubhakta Gurung VC”

  1. Typical imperialist warmongery.
    And what sympathy do you show for the poor murdered Japanese?
    There should be a law against it.

  2. “And what sympathy do you show for the poor murdered Japanese?”

    Serves them right for voting for Tojo.

  3. One of the best pieces of name calling I’ve ever heard:

    “nasal cavity foraging sporran-licker”

    I wonder who he’s talking about?

    guardian reader,

    I trust your being ironic, otherwise you are just being a loon.

  4. Gurdian reader, What actually do you mean? That was in 2nd world war. Do you know or not the simple fact of ware, if you don’t kill your enemy they will kill you. I hope you are a bit grown up and try to respect a warrior.

  5. rifleman bhanubhakta vc was a great hero of ww 2. he single handly destroyed the five foxholes and more than 9 japanese were killed by rifle fire, grenade fire, and even using naked khukuri (gurkha blade) on the enemies.

    during war he was first promoted at the rank of naik (corporal rank of british army). but there was some hot dispute over the route of the patroling. he argued that the area where there were no enemies no need to go follow that path. but the company commander notice his argument and as soon they returned from the patroling his corporal rank was demoted and again became rifelan. he was granted vc at the rank of rifleman.

    immediately after the war in 1946 he voluntarily leave the army and returned home. he was a shepherd before his goining to gurkha regiment. so he again when he returned home he again became shephard and began to spent his rest life living in falpu village a small village in the western gorkha district which is 90 km west from kanthmanu.

    the most surprising thing with the british was that he had no pension on the ground that he did not fulfill the requre year of service in the army. so he did not had pension from the british army.

    he died peacefully in nepal. he was a real hero of ww 2. however, to day n0 one is responding of his death. it is great shame.

    i respect this brave world war 2 hero.

  6. “he died peacefully in nepal. he was a real hero of ww 2. however, to day n0 one is responding of his death. it is great shame.”

    We here mark his memory. The Telegraph reported his death. So did the Times:


    Just because the British Government is perfidious and dishonourable regarding those Gurkhas who served in our army, doesn’t mean that the people of Britain are likewise.

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