NOTICE BOARD

Tul Bahadur Pun VC School Building Opening

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On 17th April 2012 there was great excitement in the village of Tiplyang in West Nepal. It was the day when Joanna Lumley, Elizabeth Allmand and Anne Rose (both nieces of Michael Allmand VC) arrived with other important visitors to open the new Tul Bahadur Pun VC school building in the home village of the late Honorary Lieutenant Tul Bahadur Pun VC.
 
Tiplyang School
                                     Tiplyang School                                                                                   The new Tul Bahadur Pun VC Memorial Building
 
The new wing of the school was built by the Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS) with funding from the villagers, from the family of Michael Allmand VC and from Joanna Lumley, in memory of her father James Lumley. Michael Allmand, a young 20 year old acting Captain, was Tulbahadur’s company commander when their battalion, the 3/6th Gurkhas, fought a bitter but successful battle in Mogaung, Burma in June 1944. James Lumley was Second-in-Command of the battalion. As a result of their outstanding courage during the battle both Allmand and Tul Bahadur were awarded the Victoria Cross. Very sadly Michael Allmand died from wounds sustained in the battle. The VC awards were unique in that no two members of the same regiment, let alone company, had ever won the VC in the same action. Tul Bahadur Pun died on 20th April 2011 at home in Tiplyang. A fitting tribute was paid to these two brave men and to the memory of one of their commanders 68 years later by their two families coming together in such a way to benefit future generations.
 
During the ceremony it was also announced that the 6th Gurkha Regimental Association Trust has initiated a Tulbahadur Pun VC memorial scholarship. This scholarship is designed to give the opportunity to one selected student every year from the Tiplyang school to go on to higher education beyond school leaving certificate.
 
The new building was formally opened by Joanna Lumley, who is a Vice Patron of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, together with Elizabeth Allmand and Anne Rose, also representing their uncle, Professor Christopher Allmand. The other visitors included Colonel Andrew Mills, Commander British Gurkhas Nepal and Director of the GWS, Lt Col Johnny Fenn, Field Director GWS, Lt Col Gopalbahadur Gurung, 6GRRA Trustee and representing both President and Chairman 6GRRA, and Major Gyan Bahadur Gurung, Chairman 6GR Regimental Association Nepal, with some members of his committee. By all accounts the event, organised between Arjun Pun, elder son of Tulbahadur Pun VC, and Major Krishna Gurung, SAWO Kaski, went like clockwork.

                  Anne Rose, Elizabeth Allmand and Joanna Lumley                                                                    Unveiling the plaque
 
The plaque reads:
 

This school was built in memory of Tulbahadur Pun VC, Michael Allmand VC and James Lumley; all from 6th Gurkha Rifles, for the benefit of future generations.

It was constructed by the GWS with assistance from the people of Tiplyang, and the families of James Lumley and Michael Allmand.

 

It is important to remember that the Gurkha Welfare Trust via its field arm GWS support 1,200 6GR welfare pensioners in Nepal; many having grandchildren and great grandchildren who benefit from the Trust’s education initiatives.

 

The photographs which follow describe the event in more detail.


                         Tul Bahadur Pun VC's family less two sons                                                       Joanna Lumley lays a wreath  at VC's memorial
 

                           Villagers and guests going to the school                                                               Village girls performing a cultural dance
 

                                          With the school children                                                                               With the 6GR group (names at the end)
 

     Joanna Lumley makes a presentation to Maj Gyan, as Chairman RAN,                                                   Arjun Pun says farewell
            to reinforce her family connections to her father's Regiment
 

The 6GR Group comprised from left: LCpl Cham Bahadur Pun (57236), WO2 Premkumar Gurung (61609), Lt Purna Bahadur Gurung, RAN Committee Member and on GWS organising team, Major Lalit Bahadur Gurung, Major QGO Khushiman’s younger son and Dep Fd Director GWS, Lt Col Gopal Bahadur Gurung, Major Gyan Bahadur Gurung, Chairman RAN, Rfn Phul Bahadur Pun (59766), VC’s son-in-law, three of VC’s seven daughters (Mrs Dhandevi Pun, wife of Phul Bahadur Pun, Mrs Devi Kumari Pun and youngest daughter Mekh Kumari Pun), Deuraj Garbuja Pun (Head Master of Tiplyang School) and Cpl Purna Bahadur Damai (62583).