Gaje Ghale

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Gaje Ghale
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Born 1 August 1918
Barpak VDC, Gorkha District, Nepal
Died 28 March 2000 (aged 81)
Allegiance British India
India
Service/branch British Indian Army
Indian Army
Years of service 1936 - 1964
Rank Hon. Captain
Unit 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
Order of the Star of Nepal

Gaje Ghale (Nepali: गजे घले) VC ( 1 August 1918 – 28 March 2000) was a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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House of VC Gaje Ghale in Gorkha District, Nepal

Ghale was born in the Gorkha district of Nepal. He joined the British Indian Army in 1934. Ghale was 22 years old, and a Havildar in the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

During the period 24/27 May 1943 in the Chin Hills, Burma (now Myanmar), Havildar Gaje Ghale was in charge of a platoon of young soldiers engaged in attacking a strong Japanese position. Wounded in the arm, chest and leg he nevertheless continued to lead assault after assault, encouraging his men by shouting the Gurkha's battle-cry. Spurred on by the irresistible will of their leader, the platoon stormed and captured the position which the havildar then held and consolidated under heavy fire, refusing to go to the Regimental Aid post until ordered to do so. He was the man who got 8 bullets hit while running with his Khukuri to kill the enemy soldier behind cannon. Because of this reason, he and The Gurrkhas are famous for their bravery. [1]

He later achieved the rank of Hon. Captain following post war service with the Indian Army.

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36190. p. 4347. 28 September 1943. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
  • Gaje Ghale, VC, The Times, 30 March 2000. Retrieved on 10 October 2009.

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