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I am a post-WWII child but my father was a Major in the Royal Artillery during the Burma Campaign. Despite being a Scot born and bred, he served in the 136th (West Lancashire) Field Regiment. We, my brother and I, were brought up to appreciate our father's enormous respect for the Gurkhas even though, to this day, neither of us has ever met a Gurkha in the flesh. This respect was brought home to us one year at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Gurkhas were appearing and, when they marched on, to our surprise our father, a man who never showed his emotions, was on his feet clapping and cheering. We looked around and half the audience was doing the same. That brought home to us just how wide and deep is the respect in which the Gurkhas are held.
Grant Lawrence