Gurkha soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder with British comrades for 205 years

Photo: Corporal Rob Kane - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

A statue has been unveiled in Aldershot as a lasting reminder of the strong bond that exists between Britain and Nepal and how the Gurkha soldiers have stood shoulder to shoulder with their British comrades in every theatre of war since 1816 to this present day.

Gurkhas have served the British Crown for more than 205 years, notably in both world wars, Malaya, Borneo and the Falkland Islands.

They have deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other conflicts around the world.

The Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community’s intent was to establish a lasting Gurkha memorial in honour of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, both for veterans and those who currently serve.

They said:

“It will be a symbol of the Gurkha’s commitment and bravery, reminding the British public of our long history and friendship.”

The Gurkha Memorial has been erected in Princes Gardens in Aldershot, historically known as The Home of the British Army, and is dedicated to the first Gurkha to win the Victoria Cross – Havildar Kulbir Thapa VC of 2/3rd Queen Alexander’s Gorkha Rifles.

The statue is a life-sized sculpture of Havildar carrying a wounded British soldier on his shoulder during World War I, designed and sculpted by Amy Goodman, and has been placed on a plinth with an abbreviated history of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Havildar Kulbir Thapa’s VC citation.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Leo Docherty MP, as a former Scots Guard himself, was particularly honoured to unveil the statue. He is also the MP for Rushmoor and has represented the Aldershot constituency since 2017.

Photo: Corporal Rob Kane

UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021


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