UK’s Great Western Railway (GWR) which serves Cardiff, Bristol, Plymouth and more will be marking 75 years since the end of World War 2 by naming one of their Inter City Trains after Gurkha VC hero Tul Bahadur Pun. The Gurkha hero became the face of the Gurkha Justice campaign which fought for the right of ex-Gurkhas to settle in the UK.
“Tul Bahadur Pun was just 21 years old and serving as a rifleman in the 3rd Battalion, the 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles in the Indian Army when his bravery and courage earned him the Victoria Cross. In 1944 on the 23 June while serving in Burma, most of his platoon were wiped out while attacking a railway bridge. Tul Bahadur Pun charged the enemy position armed with a Bren Gun and single handed sent the enemy fleeing and held the position while the attack continued.” – GWR
The naming ceremony will take place closer to Remembrance Sunday in November this year. Speaking about the news of Tul Bahadur Pun being honoured, GWR’s Head of External Communications Dan Panes said “This year we wanted to mark 75 years since the end of World War 2 in a special way. We have already honoured Odette Hallowes, the most highly decorated spy of the war, and later this year we will continue to mark this important anniversary with a series of naming ceremonies. We are really pleased that we can honour Tul Bahadur Pun in this way.”
Well this is indeed a lovely way to honour the Gurkha hero!