We Will Remember Them
On this, the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, we will remember them.
Each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we observe a silence to remember anyone who was killed, or who suffered in War. The day (11 November) marks the end of World War One and is a day to remember and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Over 90,000 Gurkha soldiers served during the War, of which more than 20,000 were wounded or killed.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.”
Our Director pays his respects
On 8 November our Director, Al Howard, himself an ex Gurkha, will attend the Field of Remembrance, alongside serving soldiers, at Westminster Abbey to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives for our freedom.
Following a service there he will visit the Memorial to the Brigade of Gurkhas on Horse Guards Avenue, Whitehall.
The visit to the statue will be of particular poignance this year following the passing of Brigadier Sir Miles Hunt-Davis who passed away in May this year. Brigadier Miles served previously as a much-valued Trustee of The Gurkha Welfare Trust and was instrumental in the erection of this most impressive monument to Gurkhas in the heart of London, outside the Ministry of Defence.
The Gurkhas in World War One
At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the entire Nepali Army was placed at the disposal of the British Crown and more than 90,000 Gurkhas enlisted. Over 6,300 of them would die in action.
They served in Asia, the Middle East and in Europe, earning a reputation for valour. A battalion of the 8th Gurkha Rifles distinguished itself at Loos in Flanders, fighting nearly to the last man. In the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, the 6th Gurkhas also gained fame as the only Allied troops to throw back the Turks in their sector.
Two of the Gurkha soldiers who served in World War One were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military award for bravery;
Kulbir Thapa was a 26-year-old Rifleman when he carried three injured comrades through no man’s land to safety whilst being fired at by the enemy in an extraordinary act of courage. For his actions, he received the Victoria Cross in September 1915. It was personally awarded by King George V at Buckingham Palace. He was the first ever Nepali winner of the medal.
Karanbahadur Rana was just 19 when he received his Victoria Cross. He was awarded the medal of honour for his actions in Palestine in April 1918. During an attack, Karanbahadur’s bravely protected his fellow soldiers from the enemy with a Lewis gun under direct enemy fire. He bravely removed defects from the gun, which on two occasions had prevented it from firing.
As we remember the fallen from 100 years ago, let’s not forget our Gurkha pensioners.
Will you support them with a gift to our Remembrance Appeal today?
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