Gurkha Recipients of the Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is the highest British award for valour and was introduced in 1856 by Her Majesty Queen Victoria. There are 26 Gurkha recipients of The Victoria Cross; 13 have been awarded to British officers and the same number to Gurkha soldiers. The first was awarded in 1858 whilst the most recent was awarded in 1965 during the Borneo…

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Expedition Arctic Gurkha

Between May and August 2015 Captain Jon Armstrong and Corporal Arjun Limbu of The Royal Gurkha Rifles will set off on an epic 1500 mile circumnavigation of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Circle. Expedition Arctic Gurkha will take the pair around 100 days to complete, during which they will have to face extreme temperatures, unpredictable ice floes and even…

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The Gurkha 200 Pageant

On Tuesday 9th June, the Royal Hospital Chelsea provided the spectacular backdrop for celebrations marking 200 years of loyal Gurkha service to the Crown. The Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) fundraising event was attended by various members of the Royal Family in recognition of all the Gurkhas have done for Britain. Her Majesty The Queen was accompanied by HRH Prince Philip,…

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Gurkha Brigade Association

All those leaving the Army, no matter how long their service, are strongly encouraged to join the Gurkha Brigade Association. The Association fosters camaraderie and friendship and provides a means to maintain contact with the Brigade and with friends and colleagues from military service. The Association can be found at www.gurkhabde.com A Gurkha can elect to be discharged in either…

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The Gurkha Welfare Trust

There are over 6,500 retired Gurkhas and widows living in Nepal who have no service pension income and who therefore rely solely on The Gurkha Welfare Trust to help them live their lives in dignity and relative comfort. You can find out about our old soldiers, their widows and their communities at www.gwt.org.uk A specialist advice and information service in…

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Gurkha History

Gurkhas are recruited from the hill people of Nepal who trace their roots right back to an 8th century Hindu warrior, Guru Gorakhnath. They first encountered the British in the Gurkha War of 1814-1816, which ended not just in stalemate, but with an abiding sense of mutual respect and admiration between the two sides. The Peace Treaty that ended the…

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200 Years of Service to the Crown

The United Kingdom’s Brigade of Gurkhas commemorates 200 years of outstanding service and loyalty to the Crown in 2015. Since its formation Gurkhas have conducted themselves with distinction in numerous conflicts alongside their British colleagues. But who are the Gurkhas, where do they come from, how did they become part of the British Army and how are they cared for…

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Gurkhas Today

The units of the Brigade of Gurkhas are integral elements of the fighting component of the British Army. Combining renowned combat skills with the ability to forge relationships with local people, Gurkhas have proved to be invaluable in all modern-day conflicts. They played a vital role in both Iraq and Afghanistan – where Brigade units served on over 30 tours…

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