In February 2019, the medals of Major (later Colonel) Cecil Allanson were purchased by the 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association and Trust, and generously gifted to The Gurkha Museum. The medal group joins the medals of Gambirsing Pun and Capt Phipson, which had previously been gifted to the Museum and are on permanent display. To give an idea of the significance of these medals, the story of Sari Bair is given below.
At the beginning of August 1915, after months of stalemate and disease, a final attempt was made to gain control of the Gallipoli peninsula by British, Gurkha and allied troops. The main focus of the attack was a range of hills named Sari Bair. The attacks began on the morning of August 6th, with two columns attempting to gain the high points of the Sari Bair range. One of these columns contained the 1/6GR, commanded by Major Cecil Allanson. After an advance marred by attrition, Allanson and his men finally moved into position to launch an assault on the high point known as Hill Q on the evening of August 8th, and shortly after 5am on the morning of the 9th 1/6GR attacked the Ottoman positions on the hill above them.
Following the latest Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and careful consideration of the current situation, The Gurkha Museum has decided to close its doors to the public in the interest of visitor and staff safety, effective immediately.
The Museum will remain closed until further notice but will continue to operate behind the scenes with reduced staff on call to answer queries during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue updates through our website and social media channels as soon as we become aware of further changes to our operations.
May we thank our Visitors, Friends and Supporters for their understanding and support through this difficult period.