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Gaje Ghale

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Ghale used to be born in the Gorkha district of Nepal. He joined the British Indian Army in 1934. Ghale used to be 22 years old, and a Havildar in the 2nd Battalion of the fifth Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Indian Army for the duration of World War II when the following deed took place, for which he was once awarded the VC. His medal quotation reads:[1]
The KING has been graciously thrilled to approve the award of the VICTORIA CROSS to:-

No. 6816 Havildar Gaje Ghale, fifth Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), Indian Army.

In order to quit an increase into the Chin Hills [then in Burma, now in Myanmar] of extensively most effective Japanese forces it was once necessary to seize Basha East hill which was once the key to the enemy position.

Two assaults had failed however a 1/3 assault used to be ordered to be carried out through two platoons of Havildar Gaje Ghale’s organization and two agencies of every other battalion.

Havildar Gaje Ghale used to be in command of one platoon: he had by no means been below furnace earlier than and the platoon consisted of younger soldiers.

The method for this platoon to their goal used to be alongside a slim knife-edge with precipitous facets and naked of jungle whereas the enemy positions had been nicely concealed. In places, the method used to be no greater than 5 yards broad and used to be included by way of a dozen desktop weapons without being subjected to artillery and mortar hearth from the reverse slope of the hill.

While making ready for the assault the platoon got here underneath heavy mortar hearth however Havildar Gaje Ghale rallied them and led them forward.

Approaching to shut vary of the well-entrenched enemy, the platoon got here beneath withering hearth and this N.C.O. was once wounded in the arm, chest and leg via an enemy hand grenade.

Without pausing to attend to his serious wounds and with no heed to the intensive furnace from all sides, Havildar Gaje Ghale closed his guys and led them to shut grips with the enemy when a bitter hand to hand fighting ensued.

Havildar Gaje Ghale dominated the battle by means of his great instance of dauntless braveness and exquisite leadership. Hurling hand grenades, blanketed in blood from his very own unnoticed wounds, he led assault after assault with the aid of shouting the Gurkha’s battle-cry.

Spurred on by way of the irresistible will of their chief to win, the platoon stormed and carried the hill through a mind-blowing all out effort and inflicted very heavy casualties on the Japanese.

Havildar Gaje Ghale then held and consolidated this difficult gained role beneath heavy hearth and it was once no longer till the consolidation used to be properly in hand that he went, refusing help, to the Regimental Aid Post, when ordered to do so through an officer.

The courage, willpower and management of this N.C.O. beneath the most attempting stipulations have been past all praise.

Ghale later carried out the rank of Hon. Captain following publish conflict carrier with the Indian Army.