b. 01/07/1922 Warpak, Nepal. d. 28/03/2000 New Delhi, India.
He was 20 years old, and a Havildar in the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Indian Army during World War II when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
During the period 24/27 May 1943 in the Chin Hills, Burma (now Myanmar), Havildar Gaje Ghale was in charge of a platoon of young soldiers engaged in attacking a strong Japanese position. Wounded in the arm, chest and leg he nevertheless continued to lead assault after assault, encouraging his men by shouting the Gurkha's battle-cry. Spurred on by the irresistible will of their leader, the platoon stormed and captured the position which the havildar then held and consolidated under heavy fire, refusing to go to the Regimental Aid post until ordered to do so.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: LORD ASHCROFT GALLERY, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM, LONDON (NOT DISPLAYED IN AUGUST 2014 - PURCHASED BY LORD ASHCROFT IN JAN 2015).
BURIAL PLACE: CREMATED AT DEHRA DUN, INDIA.
Gaje Ghale's memorial plaque at the Gurkha Museum, Winchester, Hampshire (August 2012).
Gaje Ghale's medals including his VC displayed at the Gurkha Museum, Winchester prior to their sale.
Birdcage Walk Memorial (Thomas Stewart).
Gaje Ghale's medals at the Imperial War Museum, London
(July 2015 - Thomas Stewart)
Union Jack Club