29th August 2017

From WWII to modern day: supporting our Gurkhas

British air drops kept Rifleman Kehersing Thapa alive during World War Two. Today, The Gurkha Welfare Trust continues to provide him with vital care.

Kehersing lives with his daughter and her family of six in the village of Chhabdi Barahi in Tanahun, in central Nepal. The veteran of the 8th Gurkha Rifles proudly remembers his fighting days throughout the early 1940s, a period that saw him serve in the Middle East and North Africa.

Prisoner of war in Italy

In Libya, Kehersing’s unit was captured by enemy forces and taken to a prisoner of war camp in Italy. He recalls how they were deprived of food and water, and what a blessing it was when British-organised air drops gave them vital supplies.

Now an old man of 99 years, Kehersing is relying on British support once again to survive in his own country. Having not served long enough to qualify for an Army pension, he receives the Welfare Pension funded by our generous supporters. He shares it with his family, who care for him devotedly, providing them with enough money to feed themselves.

Mobile medical aid for Gurkha veterans

Age has robbed Kehersing of his eyesight and hearing but not of his humour. He smiles to hear of the Trust’s supporters and their gratitude for his loyal service.

“Sadly, no one can give me back my eyesight but the GWT has done a lot for me. I am very grateful for their care and support.”

As he can no longer move around, Kehersing relies on our mobile medical team to visit him and provide support in his home. He receives regular medicine for age-related conditions.

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