b. 08/01/1916 Nepal. d. 26/06/1944 Bishenpur, India.
On 25–26 June 1944, at the age of twenty eight, Thapa was an acting subedar of the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles in the Indian Army during World War II. He was in command of a small isolated hill post at Bishenpur, India when the Japanese army attacked in force. The men, inspired by their leader's example, held their ground and the enemy were beaten off, but casualties were very heavy and reinforcements were requested. When these arrived some hours later they also suffered heavy casualties. Thapa retrieved the reinforcements' ammunition himself and mounted an offensive with grenades and kukris, until he was killed.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: NO KNOWN GRAVE - ON RANGOON MEMORIAL, BURMA. FACE 63.
Netrabadahur Thapa's name on the Rangoon Memorial.
Netrabahadur Thapa's information plaque at the Gurkha Museum, Winchester, Hampshire (August 2012)