At one time the Gurkhas when they had finished their service in the British Ghurkhas they they went back to Nepal,in 1947 the Gurkhas were split in 2 halves,the other half were then in the Indian Army there was a Campaign to get the wages level with the British Army,but this was done because a certain purpose raised the point of unequal payment.Looking about this comment I realize that these comments did not know the History of the Gurhcas.They were provided with food and acammodation and some of them were then in England,and usually served in Places like Malaya,but when finishing there stint in these countries and returned with a pension which was ok for the gurkas as the cost of living in Nepal was satisfactory.but then the Ghurkas instead of going back to Nepal then lived in England no doubt some of them went back to Nepal however things have changed this system like a lot of others has changed as we do not have much of an Empire but now have a Commonwealth,I served in the Gurkha Brigade and wore the Cross Kukris on my uniform,I have also been in the camp where the Gurkhas were Stationed,I went into the Cookhouse and had a meal at once they let me go in front of them,something which I availed myself of and then sat down to my dinner,there was a very well disciplined Army here not a sound,unlike my comrades who usually made a lot of noise when having there dinner,the reason I was in the Cookhouse was because I did the x country running for my Battalion the Devon and Dorset Regt at Aldershot,and it was near the Ghurkas Camp.I shall never forget the Ghurkas,but that is not the end of the story,while serving in the Ghurka Brigade the Dand D,s did an exercise against the Ghurkas we did this in Cornwall,at the same time just before the exercise bagan we were trained by the Marines at Poole to use the metal votes when we landed at the Cornish coast,and before that were trained to climb down the netting to these boats from the larger ship and we sailed from Devon to get to the landing.We then marched to the start area and advanced across the Cornish mainland,then stopped to organise the attack as we ent by Company,s of 100 men in the 3 rifle companys,it was pitch dark and we were freezing cold and wet through as a violent storm blew up,we waited in the storm wet through as the uniforms were made of thin material and we were drenched in a couple of minutes,on marching up the hill where the Ghurkas were waiting for us so we thought but the Exercise was cancelled for the Ghurkas,I thought that then we would cancel our Regiments exercise no when we got to the destination the Ghurkas were gone,we then carried on to an airfield to finish the Exercise.It was the weather which the Gurkhas were not used to the climate something which also did the same thing to the Indians who were stationed on Salisbury Plain in the 1st world war.the last thing then was the Ghurka who was in charge of the( MT) motor Transport,he was a commissioned officer which was unusual,but that is now the finish of my experience.
patrick Toms

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Gurkhas have been an important part of my family’s life. Their training depot had been moved to Sungei Patani in Northern Malaya, a few miles from Sungei Toh Pawang estate, after Indian Independence in 1947, when the Brigade was split between the Indian and British armies. The depot received the young men who had passed the extremely competitive selection process and turned them into soldiers. St Philip and St James’ church, which we attended every Sunday evening, was next to the depot and our services took place to the background of young recruits running, marching or just chatting. The first school I attended was an Army infants’ school next to the parade ground, and lessons echoed to shouted drill instructions. Gurkhas occupy a special place in the British Army and wider society. Nepal has never been part of the British Empire, and its citizens who chose to join the British Army did so without their families. Until recently they used to return to Nepal at the end of their service as honoured pensioners. Now they have been given the right to settle in the UK, as is right, but their service to Britain has always been given freely and voluntarily. This has been the case since they were first invited to do so at the end of a battle with the British Indian Army in the mid-19th C. In the disaster of Singapore in 1941 the Gurkhas were the only part of the Indian Army contingent not to suffer wholesale desertions, and they suffered badly at the hands of the Japanese army. In the Malayan Emergency they constituted a high proportion of the Commonwealth forces and proved very skilled at jungle warfare, particularly ambushes, which would be set for hours at a time, requiring soldiers to lie still and silent for all that time. They were fearless and lethal in close quarters combat, using their traditional kukri weapon- half knife, half machete. The knowledge that a Gurkha battalion was in the area was by 1955 a powerful incentive to defect for the sometimes demoralised MRLA fighters. As local Europeans our family would always be invited to the two parades which marked the end of the training for Gurkha recruits at the Depot. These were Beating the Retreat and the Passing out Parade. Beating the Retreat is a traditional British Army ritual, commemorating the days when a regiment’s standard was paraded in front of it at sunset so that the soldiers could see it before nightfall. The recruits would parade in their companies behind their British officers in white uniforms and the Depot band, including bagpipes (the Gurkhas had been taught to play the pipes by the Highlanders they had first fought against) as the sun went down. The next morning, invited guests took their seats at dawn for the Passing out Parade and the recruits would march out of the dawning sunrise, using the Light Infantry quick march they have always used as British troops, and march past a senior officer who had been invited to take the salute. This was the climax of their training and a huge moment for their British officers, this morning dressed in khaki drill shirts and enormous shorts. Legend had it that the shorts would be starched and ironed the previous evening by their batmen and placed standing in the corner of the officer’s bedroom. He would then step into them the following morn. As the British Army has contracted, the numbers of Gurkhas have diminished, until now there are only two infantry battalions, together with signals, logistics and engineers units. Still the passion and commitment of these soldiers burns as brightly as ever, and the competition to get into the British Army is as tough as ever. Today, recruit selection in Nepal is held jointly with the Singapore Police Force, whose Gurkha Contingent performs guard functions and acts as an emergency reserve in case of civil unrest. And as the British Army has struggled to recruit even the limited number of soldiers it now needs; a third battalion of Gurkhas has been raised. It was our privilege as a family in 1996 to welcome three young Gurkha soldiers to our house for lunch when they were stationed as part of a reinforcement Company filling manpower gaps in a British regiment stationed near our home. Immaculately dressed, polite and cheerful, they made a fuss of our young children and gave Tom (aged 6) a present of a kukri, the curved knife/machete which is their symbol. He was well impressed, and for a long time there were carefully controlled viewings and handlings of the kukri, along the lines of their demonstrations. They taught him their war-cry, too: “Ayo Gurkhali!”- The Gurkhas are coming.
Roland Crooke