Agamsing Rai

Born: 24 April 1920

              Amsara, Okhaldhunga district, Nepal

Died:     27 May 2000 (aged 80)

              Kathmandu, Nepal

Allegiance:          British, India

Service/branch: British Indian Army

Rank:     Honorary Captain

Unit:      5th Royal Gurkha Rifles

Battles/wars:     World War II

Awards: Victoria Cross (UK) 

Agamsing Rai VC (24 April 1920 – 27 May 2000) was a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Background

He was born in the village of Amsara, in the Okhaldhunga district of Nepal.

Victoria Cross

Agamsing Rai was a 24-year-old Naik in the 2nd Battalion, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, in the Indian Army during World War II, when he led his section in an attack on one of two posts which had been taken by the enemy and were threatening the British forces’ communications on 26 June 1944 near the town of Bishenpur in the state of Manipur, India.

Under withering fire Agamsing Rai and his party charged a machine-gun. Agamsing Rai himself killed three of the crew. When the first position had been taken, he then led a dash on a machine-gun firing from the jungle, where he killed three of the crew, his men accounting for the rest. He subsequently tackled an isolated bunker single-handed, killing all four occupants. The enemy were now so demoralised that they fled and the second post was recaptured.

Further information

He later achieved the rank of Hon. Captain after serving in the Indian Army and died in Kathmandu. Agamsing Rai’s VC group were sold at auction in 2004 and now form part of the Lord Ashcroft VC collection in the Imperial War Museum in London.