26th March 2022

Our Vice Patron Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB CBE DL 1931 – 2022

FM ChappleWe would like to extend our condolences to the family of our Vice Patron, Field Marshal Sir John Chapple.

A founding member of the Trust

Field Marshal Chapple was present at The Gurkha Welfare Trust’s very first Trustees meeting on 22 December 1969, whereafter he worked on the Trust’s original appeal, to raise an incredibly ambitious £1m (£11m in today’s money) for Gurkha veterans in Nepal. The campaign was an overwhelming success.

He served with 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) in Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo and Hong Kong and later become Colonel of the Regiment in September 1987. He went on to serve as Chief of the General Staff, the professional head of the British Army, from 1988 to 1992.

He was a man of wide interests and after the Army he went on to serve as a Trustee for the National Army Museum, World Wildlife Fund and London Zoo. He also spent time as the Governor of Gibraltar. However, he maintained his support of the Gurkhas in his heart. Whether it was supporting Gurkha heritage through the Gurkha Museum or Gurkhas in Nepal through The GWT, ‘the Field Marshal’ as he was known colloquially, remained a passionate advocate until the end.

Our Vice-Patron

The Field Marshal was a strong supporter of the Gurkhas and in his later years and, as Vice-Patron of The Gurkha Welfare Trust, he attended many events to raise money for veterans their families and communities in Nepal.

GWT Chief Executive, Al Howard commented:

“Field Marshal Chapple was a brilliant advocate for the Gurkhas and for the people of Nepal. His enthusiasm and passion for our cause will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.”

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