Ganju Lama was once born in Sangmo, southern Sikkim, India, on 22 July 1924. He enlisted in British Gurkha Army in 1942 at the age of seventeen. His mother and father had been each of Sikkimese Bhutia descent and lived in Sikkim, which made him unusual, as he used to be neither an ethnic Gurkha nor a Nepalese subject. At that time, however, Gurkha regiments have been organized to receive any recruit who carefully resembled the Gurkha and lived close to the border of Nepal. Ganju Lama’s tribe lived in the kingdom of Sikkim. His title was once Gyamtso Shangderpa, however a clerk in the recruiting workplace wrote it down as Ganju, and the title stuck. After leaving the regimental core in 1943, he joined the 1st Battalion, seventh Gurkha Rifles, close to Imphal, India.
Ganju Lama used to be nineteen years old, and a rifleman in the 1st Battalion, seventh Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army throughout World War II when the following deed took area for which he used to be awarded the Victoria Cross:
On 12 June 1944, close to Ningthoukhong, India, ‘B’ Company used to be trying to stem the enemy’s enhance when it got here below heavy machine-gun and tank machine-gun fire. Rifleman Ganju Lama, with entire dismiss for his safety, took his PIAT gun and, crawling forward, succeeded in bringing the gun into motion inside 30 yards of the enemy tanks, knocking out two of them. Despite a damaged wrist and two different serious wounds to his proper and left palms he then moved ahead and engaged the tank crew who had been making an attempt to escape. Not till he had accounted for all of them did he consent to go away to his wounds dressed.
A month earlier, for the duration of operations on the Tiddim Road, Ganju Lama’s regiment had amazed a birthday celebration of Japanese and killed countless of them. He was once awarded the Military Medal for his section in the action. Strangely though, this award used to be introduced in the London Gazette after his Victoria Cross, acting on three October 1944, nearly a month later.