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Lalbahadur Thapa
File:Lalbahadur Thapa VC.jpg
Born February 1906
Died 19 October 1968 (aged 62)
Place of birth Nepal
Place of death Pakalihawa, Nepal
Allegiance British India
Service/branch British Indian Army
Rank Subedar-Major
Unit 1st Battalion, 2nd Gurkha Rifles

World War II

Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon Victoria Cross

Lalbahadur Thapa VC (Nepali: लालबहादुर थापा; February 1906 – 19 October 1968) was a Nepalese 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.


He was approximately 37 years old, and a Subedar in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 5/6 April 1943 during the silent attack on Rass-es-Zouai, Tunisia, Subadar Lalbahadur Thapa, taking command of two sections, made his first contact with the enemy at the foot of a pathway winding up a narrow cleft which was thickly studded with enemy posts. The garrison of the out-posts were all killed by the subadar and his men, by kukri or bayonet and the next machine-gun posts were dealt with similarly. This officer then continued to fight his way up the bullet-swept approaches to the crest where he and the riflemen with him killed four - the rest fled. Thus secured, advance by the whole division was made possible.[1]

He later achieved the rank of Subedar-Major.

The medalEdit

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Gurkha Museum (Winchester, Hampshire, England).


  1. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36053. p. 2719. 11 June 1943. Retrieved 2009-05-29.

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