Victoria Cross winner Gurkha soldier Tul Bahadur Pun. (Photo: Wikipedia)
LONDON: Great Western Railway, a railway service of the United Kingdom, is to name one of its rail services after the late Tul Bahadur Pun, a Victoria Cross laureate.
The Railway said it was going to name one of its rail services after the late Tul Bahadur Pun in his honor on the completion of 75 years of the Second World War.
Pun was only 21 years old when he was awarded the prestigious VC medal for his valor in the Second World War.
Communication officer at the Railway, Dan Pence said they had honored other personalities before this and this time, they were dedicating to Tul Bahadur Pun. He said they were happy to respect one of the War heroes.
Gurkha Welfare Trust’s Adam Bentham shared that the Gurkha soldiers had played a crucial role in the World War, saying seven VCs were awarded to soldiers fighting in the Second World War in Burma alone and Pun was one of them.
“Our country owes a lot to the Gurkhas. We have taken this honor as true respect,” Bentham remarked.
Joana Lumley said she could not forget her meeting with VC Tul Bahadur Pun and Lachhiman Gurung, who fought in the War in Burma together with her father, and that the British people were indebted to their contribution for independence, rising above their job. Lumley is the patron of the trust that put forth the ex-Gurkha soldiers’ demands before the British government and continued the struggle for equal pay.
Late in his life, Pun had worked together with Lumley remaining at the forefront. Lumley was leading the campaign for providing UK residence to the former British Gurkhas’ families.
Pun was born in Myagdi district of Nepal on March 23, 1923. He passed away in Parbat district, Nepal on April 20, 2011. RSS