Kulbir Thapa

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Kulbir Thapa(Magar) VC (1889 - 3 October 1956) was a first Nepalese recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest military award given to British and Commonwealth forces for gallantry in the face of the enemy.He was a Rifleman in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Gurkha Rifles, British-Indian Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 25 September 1915 in Fauquissart, France, 26 year-old Thapa performed an act of bravery for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.


Born 15 December 1889 in Palpa, Nepal; son of Haria Gulte. He was a Rifleman in the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Gurkha Rifles, British Indian Army during the First World War.

Rifleman Kulbir Thapa, having been wounded himself, found a wounded soldier of The Leicestershire Regiment behind the first-line German trench. Although urged to save himself, the Gurkha stayed with the wounded man all day and night. Early next day, in misty weather, he took him through the German wire, within spitting distance from the Germans , and, leaving him in a place of comparative safety, returned and brought in two wounded Gurkhas, one after the other. He then went back, and, in broad daylight, fetched the British soldier, carrying him most of the way under enemy fire.

Such an incredible act of faith and courage had by now attracted a good deal of attention, and when he emerged from his trench for the third time with one more wounded comrade over his shoulder,...
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