|Born||1 August 1918
Barpak VDC, Gorkha District, Nepal
|Died||28 March 2000 (aged 81)|
|Service/branch||British Indian Army
|Years of service||1936 - 1964|
|Unit||5th Royal Gurkha Rifles|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
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.
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.
- The London Gazette: . 28 September 1943. Retrieved 29 May 2009.
- Gaje Ghale, VC, The Times, 30 March 2000. Retrieved on 10 October 2009.
- Obituary of Captain Gaje Ghale, VC, The daily Telegraph, 30 March 2000
- News Item (obituary)
- Gaje Ghale
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