Victoria Cross Winner Tul Bahadur Pun Passes Away

Tul Bahadur Pun, a Nepali soldier who won Britain's highest military honour and later spearheaded the Gurkha rights campaign, has died in his home village. Pun was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest possible decoration for bravery in the face of the enemy, for his extraordinary heroics in Burma in June 1944 where he single-handedly stormed a Japanese machine gun position, under heavy fire.

He died Wednesday in his home village of Myagdi in Nepal. His official age was 88, but his real age was thought to be 92. In his old age the warrior fought one more campaign, this time for the rights of Gurkha veterans. He successfully battled for the right to settle in Britain, having initially been rejected, and went on to help win settlement rights for all Gurkha veterans. His funeral will be held in Nepal, while friends hope to hold a memorial service in London. May his soul rest in peace!