1960's <i>Ghurka</i> Slouch Hat
- Source: GoAntiques
The relationship between Britain and Nepal, and the traditions of Gurkha service to the British Crown and people cover nearly 200 years.
After the Treaty of Friendship which ended the Nepalese Wars of 1814-16, it was agreed that Gurkha hillmen from Nepal should be voluntarily enlisted to serve in the Armies of the honourable East India Company. On the transfer of government to the British Crown in 1858, the Gurkha Regiments were absorbed into the (British) Indian Army.
With Indian Independence in 1947, four Regiments including 10th PMO transferred to the British Army with the remainder continuing in the new Indian Army. In the 1990's all UK Gurkha Infantry Regiments merged into The Royal Gurkha Rifles .
In the two World Wars the Gurkha Brigade suffered 43,000 casualties, and to date it has won 26 Victoria Crosses - 13 by Gurkhas and 13 by British Officers. Gurkha graves are spread across the face of the earth in nearly every country in which Britain has fought - silent testament to Gurkha Loyalty and Courage.
As the Gurkha motto tells:- 'KAPHAR HUNNU BHANDA MORNU RAMRO CHHAA' ('IT IS BETTER TO DIE THAN LIVE A COWARD') .
Picture 4 shows L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu of 10th PMO, one of the few living holders of the Victoria Cross, in... read more