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Gurkha soldier

Erection date: 3/12/1997


{On the front of the plinth:}
The Gurkha Soldier
'Bravest of the brave. Most generous of the generous. Never had country more faithful friends than you.'
Professor Sir Ralph Turner MC.

{On the left of the plinth:}
Campaign Service
India 1816 - 1826
North East Frontier and Burma 1824 - 1939
First Sikh War 1845 - 1846
North West Frontier 1852 - 1947
Indian Mutiny 1857 - 1859
Bhutan 1864 - 1866
Malaya 1875 - 1876
Second Afghan War 1878 - 1880
Sikkim 1888
China 1900
Tibet 1904
Third Afghan War 1919
Kurdistan 1919
Iraq 1919 - 1920
North West Persia 1920
Malabar 1921 - 1922
Palestine 1945 - 1946
Java and Sumatra 1945 - 1946
Indo-China 1945 - 1946
Malaya 1948 - 1960
Brunei 1962
Borneo 1963 - 1966
Malay Peninsula 1964 - 1965
Falkland Islands 1982
The Gulf 1990 - 1991
Bosnia 1996

{On the back of the plinth:}
1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)
2nd King Edward VII's Own Gurkha Rifles (the Sirmoor Rifles)
3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles
4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles
5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)
6th Queen Elizabeth's Own Gurkha Rifles
7th Duke of Edinburgh's Own Gurkha Rifles
8th Gurkha Rifles
9th Gurkha Rifles
10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles
11th Gurkha Rifles
The Royal Gurkha Rifles
The Queen's Gurkha Engineers
Queen's Gurkha Signals
Gurkha Military Police
The Queen's Own Gurkha Transport Regiment
Other units in which Gurkha soldiers served after 1815 and also the units of the Royal Nepalese Army which, as Britain's allies, took part in the Indian Mutiny and the First and Second World Wars.

{And on a plaque lower down:}
Unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 3rd December 1997.

{On the right of the plinth:}
First World War, 1914 - 1918
France and Belgium
Egypt and Palestine

Second World War, 1939 - 1945
North Africa
Persia, Iraq and Syria
Malaya and Singapore

Unveiled by the Queen. Modelled by Jackson on the 1929 statue by Goulden in the Foreign Office.


Site: Gurkha soldier (1 memorial)

SW1, Horse Guards Avenue

The first regiment of Gurkha soldiers was formed in 1815. The bi-centenary was commemorated in 2015 at this statue and "new plaques honouring those who have taken part in recent operations" were supposedly added but when we visited after the event we couldn't find them.

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Gurkha soldier

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
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Queen Elizabeth II

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Richard Reginald Goulden

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Philip Jackson

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Sir Ralph Turner

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