|THE WW2 VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO NAIK AGANSING RAI, 5TH ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES HAS BEEN SOLD AT AUCTION BY SPINK.|
|22 July 2004|
|The Victoria Cross, WW2 campaign medals and Indian medals of Naik Agansing Rai have been sold at auction by Spink of London for the sum of £115,000. The VC group was sold by the Rai family for the benefit of a charity the proceeds going towards a planned Trust for Education and Healthcare in Nepal. The VC group was bought on behalf of the Michael Ashcroft Trust, the holding institution for Lord Ashcroft's VC Collection.|
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|Medal entitlement of Rifleman Agansing Rai,
2nd Bn, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles
|For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 5 October 1944 ], Burma, 26 June 1944, Rifleman ( acting Naik ) Agansing Rai, 2nd Bn, 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles ( Frontier Force )
In Burma on 24th and 25th June 1944, after fierce fighting, the enemy, with greatly superior forces had captured two posts known as "Water Piquet" and "Mortar Bluff". These posts were well sighted and were mutually supporting and their possession by the enemy threatened our communications.
Agansing Rai was invested with his Victoria Cross from the Viceroy of India, Field Marshal Lord Wavell in Peshawar, India, on the 23rd January 1945.
Iain Stewart, 22 July 2004