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Gurkha VC hero passes away at 93

A Gurkha warrior who won the Victoria Cross for repelling wave after wave of Japanese attacks in Burma despite being badly wounded by a grenade blast has died aged 93.

In his latter years Lachhiman Gurung was a key part of the campaign fronted by actress Joanna Lumley to win Gurkhas the right to stay in the UK, and she paid tribute to the fearless fighter, who was just 4ft 11ins.

She said: “Although he was small in stature we shall all walk in his huge shadow.”

Born in the Chitwan District of Western Nepal in 1917, Lachhiman followed in the footsteps of his family and joined the British Indian Army in December 1940.

He would normally have been too short, but rules were relaxed because of a manpower shortage.

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