Discover the Unique Story of the Brigade of Gurkhas

Located in Peninsula Barracks in Winchester The Gurkha Museum takes you on a journey through Gurkha history, beginning with their origins in Nepal and the moment in 1815 when Gurkhas were first enlisted to fight for Britain. The extraordinary stories on display and housed in our archives cover not only the battles and campaigns but the culture and religion of the homeland of this unique fighting force. We see them locked in battle with mutinous sepoys in 1857, then standing guard in India’s North West and North East frontiers before being sent half a world away to the trenches of the Western Front in 1914 and The Falkland Islands in the early 1980s.

Through its collections and archives the Museum represents over 200 years of a unique and historic relationship, one that continues to this day, with the annual recruitment of Gurkhas from Nepal continuing to be vital for Britain’s Armed Forces.

History & Collections

The First Gurkha Victoria Cross – Rifleman Kulbir Thapa, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 25th/26th September 1915

Prior to the First World War the deployment of Indian Army troops far from India had usually been mooted. Gurkha soldiers had previously served outside...

Gurkha Victoria Cross at San Marino, Italy – Rifleman Sherbahadur Thapa

Born in Ghalechap in the Tanhu District of Nepal in 1921, Sherbahadur Thapa enlisted with 9th Gurkha Rifles in November 1942 and joined 1st Battalion...

Delhi Day – Gurkhas at the Siege of Delhi, 1857

The Siege of Delhi by British forces between June and September of 1857 during what is often referred to as the Indian Mutiny is one...

The untold story of the hero Gurkha Victoria Cross holders who helped win the war in Burma

By Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell, from a recent article written for the Daily Telegraph. Marking the 75th anniversary of VJ Day former Gurkha commander, Lieutenant...

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