“Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a faithful friend than you””
As many of you are aware, our restaurant name starts with “Gurkhas.” We decided to honor them and their contribution by adding their name to our Restaurant as a form of respect.
After serving in World War 1 with Gurkhas, Sir Ralph Lily Turner MC said- “Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a faithful friend than you”
Gurkhas who built their fearsome reputation over the last two centuries as “the bravest of the brave”, originated as the fierce Tribe from the Himalayan/ Mountainous part of Nepal, called Gorkha, a district in Nepal whose king Prithivi Narayan Shah formed the unification of Nepal in the 18thCentury.
What is the connection between Gurkhas and Britain?
The first encounter they had with the British Army was in 1814, where they fought against the British East India Company and their Army in Anglo- Nepalese War. Yes, the friendship started in a battle. Although the whole experience was bloody, Gurkha’s bravery, abilities, and war tactics were admired by British forces who decided to recruit Gurkha troops when the war ended in a peace treaty! The unique bond lasted for centuries where they fought in over 30 major conflicts where their loyalty has never wavered as they continued to fight with a motto- “It is better to die than to be a coward .”
Today, the Gurkha soldiers remain an important part of the British Army as they have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Falklands and Gulf Wars in Kosovo, Bosnia, East Timor, and Sierra Leone.
We cannot stop talking about Gurkhas and the respect we have for them. They are the reason why Nepalese are known all over the world as Gurkhas!
Let’s end this section for now with the top 3 facts about Gurkhas.
- Gurkhas are also well known for carrying and fighting with Khukuri – the national weapon of Nepal also used as a work tool in Nepal.
- Gurkhas have served the British Army for over 200 years and have been given a total of 13 Victorian Cross. Their bicentenary in 2015 was celebrated by HM The Queen, Prince Harry, and many others around the world!
- It’s pretty difficult to get selected into Gurkhas as their selection process has been described as one of the toughest in the world which involves carrying 25kg of sand while running up a steep 4.2km course and many more!
You can find out more about them at the museum in Winchester which celebrates an impressive collection with rich displays of Gurkha history. Of course, we cannot finish this article without talking about the Gurkha Welfare Trust, which was established in 1969 to repay Britain’s debt of honor to these loyal soldiers after retirement. They provide financial, medical, and development aid to Gurkha veterans, their families, and communities. Find out more about the trust by clicking here: https://www.gwt.org.uk/
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