Battle of Imphal

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Victoria Crosses

The Tiddim Road between Moirang and Bishenpur. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded in heavy fighting on this stretch at Ningthoukhong in June 1944. The Tiddim Road between Moirang and Bishenpur. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded in heavy fighting on this stretch at Ningthoukhong in June 1944. Photo by Ranjit Moirangthem

The Victoria Cross, the highest British military decoration for bravery, was awarded to five people for their actions in Manipur during the Battle of Imphal. 

They were:

•  Jemadar Abdul Hafiz of the 9th Jat Regiment on April 6, 1944, at Runaway Hill near the Iril River Valley. This was the first Victoria Cross awarded to a Muslim in the Second World War.

•  Sergeant Hanson Victor Turner of the West Yorkshire Regiment on June 7, 1944, at Ningthoukhong on the Tiddim Road.

•  Rifleman Ganju Lama of the 7th Gurkha Rifles on June 12, 1944, at Ningthoukhong again.

•  Naik Agansing Rai of the 5th Gurkha Rifles on June 26, 1944, at Water Piquet on the Silchar-Bishenpur Track.

•  Subedar Netrabahadur Thapa of the 5th Gurkha Rifles on June 26, 1944, at Mortar Bluff on the Silchar-Bishenpur Track.