Royal Mail honours Gurkhas with the issue of a new stamp on the 200th Anniversary of the Gurkha Service to the British Crown.

Royal Mail has honoured the Gurkhas with the issue of a new stamp.

The second part of its landmark, commemorative programme marking the outbreak of the First World War features historic memorials and artefacts that have become synonymous with the conflict.

One of the stamps features Rifleman Kulbir Thapa who was serving in 2nd Battalion, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles when his unit attacked German lines on 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. Though wounded and separated from his battalion, he was able to reach the German front line. Finding an injured British soldier nearby, Rfn Kulbir stayed with him all day and night, before carrying him to safety the next morning. Despite his injuries, he then returned to the German trenches and rescued two fellow Gurkhas. For these selfless acts of heroism, Rfn Kulbir became the first Nepalese Gurkha to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

The commemorative stamps can be purchased at the Royal Mail Shop.