Yesterday I had the privilege and great pleasure to meet and shake the hands of two brave men.
Havildar Lachhiman Gurung VC (on the left) and Tulbahadur Pun VC. Two Gurkha soldiers who won their VC's serving with the British Army in the Far East in WW2.
Their exploits can be seen described on
Aged 92 and 86 respectively these two old soldiers wore their medals with justifiable pride, and both retained a military bearing.
What I found quite moving was the action of a group of Red Berets, who by the medals on their chest were no strangers to conflict, standing to attention in front of the two Gurkhas and smartly saluting them. All brothers in arms.
The day turned even more memorable when the House of Commons voted to reconsider the shameful restrictions that had been placed on the Gurkhas seeking to remain domiciled in the UK.