He was shot, stunned by a grenade, and ambushed by two Taliban attackers.
Despite all this L/Cpl Tuljung Gurung, armed then with nothing but his Kukri in the close confines of his guard tower, successfully fought off two Taliban insurgents almost twice his size.
"When I saw them I thought, I don’t want to die, I want to live. If I am alive I can save my colleagues. I have to do something. So, like a madman, I did everything."
Nearing the end of his duty at four in the morning, L/Cpl Tuljung was ambushed by two Taliban insurgents.
In spite of overwhelming odds against him, L/Cpl Tuljung Gurung overcame his attackers, preventing them from accessing the patrol base and leaving them limping off with grievous wounds sustained courtesy of his kukri.
Patrol Base Sparta
The citation said that Lance Corporal Gurung’s actions showed the highest levels of gallantry and courage.
His speed of reaction and utter disregard for his own safety lead him to be awarded the military cross in 2013.
Photos: Corporal Si Longworth - Crown copyright