REMEMBRANCE CAMPAIGN: Rifleman Aimansing Pun and the Albert Medal – May 16th 1926

REMEMBRANCE CAMPAIGN: Rifleman Aimansing Pun and the Albert Medal – May 16th 1926

In May 1926 Rifleman Aimansing Pun was serving with the first Battalion of the 6th Gurkha Rifles on manoeuvres at Attock near Peshawar.

On May 16th, a party of men were washing their clothes on the banks of a wide river, which by reason of the strong converging currents was extremely dangerous to swimmers. Contrary to orders, one of the party Kishanbahadur Thapa, entered the stream, swam out some fifty yards from the bank, was caught by the current and rendered helpless. Although well acquainted with the danger involved, Rifleman Aimansing Pun without hesitation went to the rescue of his comrade and succeeded in getting hold of the drowning man. He commenced to swim with him to the further bank, but his efforts proved ineffectual owing to the violent struggles of Kishanbahadur Thapa, who dragged his rescuer under water. On coming to the surface Pun, whose hold on the drowning man had been broken, could see no trace of his comrade. He reached land only with great, difficulty, in a most exhausted condition. For this brave rescue attempt, endeavouring to save the life of a fellow soldier, Aimansing Pun was awarded the Albert Medal. Rifleman Aimansing Pun’s medals are currently housed here at The Gurkha Museum.

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