Emotional Joanna Lumley reveals family link to Gurkhas' battle
17 SEPTEMBER 2008 Joanna, who was given a guard of honour as she arrived, revealed she has a special link to the cause. Her father, Major James Rutherford Lumley, served with the 6th Gurkha Rifles during the Second World War.
In a particularly poignant moment, the actress struggled to hold back her emotions as she met VC winners Lachhiman Gurung, 91, who had served with her father, and 86-year-old Tul Bahadur Pun, who saved her dad's life as they fought together in Burma and whose photograph hung in her family’s home.
"Ever since I was a small child, this man has been my hero," the 62-year-old beauty said.