His courage in the face of almost certain death earned him the Victoria Cross. Tul Bahadur Pun single-handedly stormed Japanese machine-gun positions during the Second World War. The Gurkha’s extraordinary act of valour won him royal admirers and he was invited to the Queen’s Coronation and had tea with the Queen Mother. Yet, despite his illustrious record, his application to live in Britain has been refused. The old soldier was told: “You have failed to demonstrate that you have strong ties with the UK.