Rifleman Ganju Lama MM, 7th Gurkha Rifles, Burma - 23rd June 1944 "...the enemy put down an intense artillery barrage lasting an hour on our positions north of the village of Ningthoukhong. This heavy artillery fire knocked out several bunkers and caused heavy casualties, and was immediately followed by a very strong enemy attack supported by five medium tanks. After fierce hand to hand fighting, the perimeter was driven in in one place and the enemy infantry, supported by three medium tanks, broke through, pinning our troops to the ground with intense fire. "B" Company, 7th Gurkha Rifles, was ordered to counter-attack and restore the situation. Shortly after passing the starting line it came under heavy enemy medium machine-gun and tank machine-gun fire at point blank range, which covered all lines of approach. Rifleman Ganju Lama, the No. 1 of the P.I.A.T. gun, on his own inititative, with great coolness and complete disregard for his own safety, crawled forward and engaged the tanks single handed. In spite of a broken left wrist and two other wounds, one in his right hand and one in his leg, ...Rifleman Ganju Lama succeedeed in bringing his gun into action within thirty yards of the enemy tanks and knocked out first one and then another, the third tank being destroyed by an anti-tank gun, ...he then moved forward and engaged with grenades the tank crews... Not until he had killed or wounded them all, thus enabling his company to push forward, did he allow himself to be taken back to the Regimental Aid Post... Throughout this action Rifleman Ganju Lama, although very seriously wounded, showed a complete disregard for his own personal safety, outstanding devotion to duty and a determination to destroy the enemy which was an example and an inspiration to all ranks..." Extracts from London Gazette 7 September 1944... Rifleman Ganju Lama. During fierce hand-to-hand fighting in Burma, in June 1944 Rifleman Lama, 7th Royal Gurkha Rifles, on his own initiative, with great coolness and complete disregard for his own safety, crawled toward and engaged three enemy tanks singlehanded, killing or wounding the crews. He is seen in this picture sat on his bed in hospital receiving the congratulations and homage of his father and brothers.