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Agansing Rai (VC, MM) was a Nepalese 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. Photo of Victoria Cross recipient Agansing Rai, migrated from the Victoria Cross Reference site with permission. ... Photo of Victoria Cross recipient Agansing Rai, migrated from the Victoria Cross Reference site with permission. ... Victoria Cross, Source: Veterans Affairs Canada The Victoria Cross (official post-nominal letters VC) is the highest award for valour that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces of any rank in any service and civilians under military command. ... The English noun Commonwealth dates originally from the fifteenth century and in different contexts indicates one of: a nation, state or political unit a state founded on law by agreement of the people for the common good a republic a federated union of constituent states. ...

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He was 24 years old, and a Naik in the 2nd Bn., 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. Naik (Nk) was the equivalent rank to Corporal in the British Indian Army, ranking between Lance Naik and Havildar. ... The Indian Army is the army of the Republic of India. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ...


On 26 June 1944 at Bishenpur, Burma (now Myanmar), Naik Agansing Rai led his section in an attack on one of two posts which had been taken by the enemy and were now threatening our communications. Under withering fire the naik and his party charged a machine-gun, he himself killing three of the crew. The first position having 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. June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 188 days remaining. ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Union of Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia. ...


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He later achieved the rank of Hon. Lieutenant.


KATHMANDU, May 27- Agan Singh Rai, a Victoria Cross holder and one of the five surviving Gurkha to be decorated with the medal, passed away Saturday evening after a long battle with cancer. These are articles containing basic information for surviving dangerous situations. ...


Rai, who was 81, breathed his last at a private clinic in Kathmandu where he had been admitted after his condition deteriorated Saturday. He had been suffering from lung cancer and had only recently been brought back from New Delhi after treatment.


Captain Rai enrolled with the Gurkha Army in 1941. He was awarded the highest gallantry for leading an attack on one of the two posts against the Japanese in Myanmar in June 1944 when he was only twenty-four.


While capturing the enemy and overtaking the post at Biesenpur in Myanmar, Rai subsequently tackled an isolated bunker single-handed, killing all four occupants.


He is survived by two sons and three daughters.


Family sources said his body will be taken to Tarhara in Dharan for the last rites. (rk)


"Captain Agan Singh Rai was born in Asmara village of Okhaldungha District in 1920. He enlisted in the British Army in April 1941 and on completion of his recruit training joined 2nd Battalion, 5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force). 2/5th Gurkha Rifles was part of 48th Gurkha Brigade of the 17th Indian Division that played a major role against the Japanese forces in the Burma campaign during 2WW. He won his VC for his daring action against far superior Japanese forces on the Chin Hills of Burma on 26th June 1944. An Indian Army pensioner, he retired in 1971 as Subedar Major and was granted the Honorary Rank of Captain."


The medal

Agansing Rai's VC group was sold at auction (see External Link below)


Reference

  • Satish Jung Shahi

External links

  • Agansingh Rai (http://haynese.winthrop.edu/india/medals/VC/2ASRai.html)
  • Burial location of Agansing Rai (http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/ggnepal.htm) "Nepal"
  • News Item (http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/bbrai2.htm) "Agansing Rai's Victoria Cross sold at auction"


This page has been migrated from the Victoria Cross Reference (http://www.victoriacross.net) with permission.


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Agansing Rai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (250 words)
Agansing Rai (VC, MM)(1920 - 2000) was a Nepalese 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.
On 26 June 1944 at Bishenpur, [Manipur, India], Naik Agansing Rai 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.
Agansing Rai's VC group was later sold at auction (see External Link below).
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