He had already taken 8 bullets that had pierced into his chest, arm and leg but he continued to lead the battle and encouraged his brave men by shouting the Gorkha war cry ‘Jai Maha Kali, Ayo Gorkhali’ (Hail Goddess Kali, The Gorkhas Are Here). His name was Gaje Ghale who lead the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles in Burma in May 1943.
It was 24 May 1943, a large force of Japanese were attempting to make an advance into the Chin Hills, where the 2nd/5th Gorkhas were part of the defence force. Soon the Japanese acquired a vital tactical point. They were able to capture it by firing from a dozen machine guns, as well as artillery and mortars.
The task of capturing the position was given to Gaje Ghale on May 24. He showed immense courage even though it was his first time and heroically encouraged the soldiers of 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles. The Gorkha war cry kept motivating him and his men.
But his bravery was tried to halt when the Japanese threw a grenade at him. Due to this, he was totally covered with blood and the bullets that had hit chest, arm and leg.
But Gaje Ghale and his men didn’t stop dominating the Japanese even though the Japanese were having a better edge over the Gorkhas. After prolonged hand-to-hand fighting, the position was captured. The Gorkhas succeeded in holding it in the face of heavy fire from the Japanese trying to retake it.
In spite of his wounds, Gaje Ghale refused to go back to the regimental aid post until certain that the position was consolidated and secure, and then only when eventually ordered to by an officer. This is why the enemies fear the most to the Gorkhas.
Gaje Ghale’s bravery was rightly recognised and was honoured with Victoria Cross from Field Marshal Lord Wavell in Delhi at a parade beneath the walls of the Red Fort in the presence of a crowd of 5,000. He was later decorated with the Star of Nepal in Kathmandu by the Prime Minister of Nepal.
Gaje was later decorated with Hon. Captain Rank. In the year1946, he attended the victory parade in London. After Indian Independence, he was promoted to Subedar Major (Senior Indian Officer) in the Indian Army.
He was born on 1 August 1918 in the Gorkha district of Nepal and died when he was 81 years in the year 2000.