|File:Lalbahadur Thapa VC.jpg|
|Died||19 October 1968 (aged 62)|
|Place of birth||Nepal|
|Place of death||Pakalihawa, Nepal|
|Service/branch||British Indian Army|
|Unit||1st Battalion, 2nd Gurkha Rifles|
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.
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.
He later achieved the rank of Subedar-Major.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Gurkha Museum (Winchester, Hampshire, England).
- ↑ The London Gazette: . 11 June 1943. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
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