Captain Rambahadur Limbu VC, MVO in 1984
8 July 1939 |
Chyangthapu village, Yangrop Thum,
Limbuwan, East Nepal
|Service/branch||Brigade of Gurkhas, British Army|
|Years of service||1960s - 1985|
|Unit||2nd Battalion, 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles.|
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
Captain (QGO) Rambahadur Limbu, VC, MVO (born 8 July 1939) is a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Rambahadur Limbu belongs to the Begha Clan of Limbu Nationality of Nepal. He retired with the honorary rank of Captain. Limbu was born in Chyangthapu village, Yangrop Thum, Limbuwan, in East Nepal, and now lives in Damak.
Limbu was approximately 26 years old, and was a Lance-Corporal in the 2nd Battalion, 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles, British Army during the Indonesian Confrontation when, on 21 November 1965 in Sarawak, Borneo, Lance-Corporal Rambahadur Limbu was in an advance party of 16 Gurkhas when they encountered about 30 Indonesians holding a position on the top of a jungle-covered hill. The lance-corporal went forward with two men, but when they were only 10 yards from the enemy machine-gun position, the sentry opened fire on them, whereupon Limbu rushed forward and killed him with a grenade. The remaining enemy combatants then opened fire on the small party, wounding the two men with the lance-corporal who, under heavy fire, made three journeys into the open, two to drag his comrades to safety and one to retrieve their Bren gun, with which he charged down and killed many of the enemy.
His original Victoria Cross was stolen, along with all his other possessions, while he was asleep during a train journey in India to his native Nepal in 1967. It has never been found, and he was issued with a replacement.
Limbu is a living recipient of the VC. He reached the rank of Captain, as a Queen's Gurkha Officer (QGO), and was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1984 for his service as Queen's Gurkha Orderly Officer.
In the media
Extracts from London Gazette 22 April 1966
Lance Corporal Rambahadur Limbu, 10th Gurkha Rifles, Borneo — 21 November 1965
"...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... he was seen and the sentry opened fire, immediately wounding a man to his right. Rushing forward he reached the enemy trench... and killed the sentry, thereby gaining for the attacking force a foothold on the objective ...with a complete disregard for the hail of fire he got together and led his fire group to a better fire position...
...he saw both men of his own group seriously wounded... and... immediately commenced... to rescue his comrades ...he crawled forward, in full view of at least two enemy machine gun posts who concentrated their fire on him... but... was driven back by the accurate and intense...fire...After a pause he started again...
Rushing forward he hurled himself on the ground beside one of the wounded and calling for support from two light machine guns...he picked up the man and carried him to safety... Without hesitation he immediately returned... (for the other) wounded man (and) carried him back... through the hail of enemy bullets. It had taken twenty minutes to complete this gallant action and the events leading up to it. For all but a few seconds this Non-Commissioned Officer had been moving alone in full view of the enemy and under the continuous aimed fire of their automatic weapons. ...His outstanding personal bravery, selfless conduct, complete contempt of the enemy and determination to save the lives of the men of his fire group set an incomparable example and inspired all who saw him
Finally, Lance Corporal Rambahadur was responsible for killing four more enemy as they attempted to escape..
Captain Rambahadur Limbu is entitled to the following medals
|Victoria Cross (VC)||1965|
|Royal Victorian Order (MVO)||Member - 1984|
|General Service Medal (1918)||1 Clasp
|General Service Medal (1962)||2 Clasp
|Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal||1977|
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||2002|
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||2012|
|Long Service and Good Conduct Medal||With Bar "REGULAR ARMY"|
|Pingat Jasa Malaysia||2005|
- Note - Captain Rambahadur Limbu is also entitled to the Brunei Gurkha Reserve Unit Service Medal - immediately after the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in the order of precedence.
- The London Gazette: . 21 April 1966. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
- London Gazette Issue 48879 published on 1 February 1982. Page 3 of 4
- London Gazette Issue 49685 published on 23 March 1984. Page 1 of 104
- "Interviews". Victoria Cross Heroes. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- The Jungle War - Borneo, Brunei and Sarawak (including background to VC action)