7th March 2019

Our very first advert

This year (2019) marks fifty years of The Gurkha Welfare Trust in Nepal

What follows is a snapshot of our history as part of our anniversary series. To find out more about the origins of The Gurkha welfare Trust please visit our anniversary website at www.gwt.org.uk/50

Our original appeal

In the late 1960s, it had become apparent that a great number of Gurkha veterans and their dependents in Nepal were facing destitution in their old age. Many of these soldiers had served in World War Two; however, they had not completed the 15 years needed to qualify for a British Army pension.

Unlike their British counterparts who could rely on the UK welfare state and their pensions in their old age, the Nepali Gurkhas had no such safety net. Thousands of them had returned to their home country to a life of hardship and poverty.

A public appeal was launched to raise funds to support these brave men, who now faced such difficulty so that they too could live in dignity.

In 1970, an appeal was published in The Times newspaper. The advert was signed by an unprecedented eight Field Marshals, all of whom were well known to the British public as a result of their leadership during World War Two.

Visit www.gwt.org.uk/50 to find out more


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