The Gurkha Museum Online Exhibition 1 - 11 November 2020
Welcome to The Gurkha Museum’s 2020 Autumn Exhibition:
A Commemoration of Gurkha Service and Sacrifice
During this time of reflection and remembrance we will be sharing stories from our archives of the valour and sacrifice of Gurkha soldiers over the past 205 years.
Remembrance Sunday, which will be held on Sunday 8th November is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the men and women of their armed forces who died in the line of duty. Every year on 11th November a two minute silence is held at 11am, marking the end of the fighting between Germany and the Allied Forces on the Western Front in 1918. Remembrance honours those who serve to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life. We unite across faiths, cultures and backgrounds to remember the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.
Each year members of the serving Brigade and Gurkha Brigade Association form up at the Cenotaph Remembrance Parade in London, where a wreath is lain at the Gurkha Memorial statue in Whitehall. Across Units in the UK and abroad members of the Brigade of Gurkhas remember the fallen with wreath laying and remembrance events during the month of November.
Over 90,000 Gurkha soldiers served during the First World War, of which more than 20,000 were wounded or killed. It is estimated that over 300,000 Gurkha Soldiers have served the British Crown since Gurkhas were first enlisted to fight for Britain in 1815.
During this period of Remembrance and reflection over the next 11 days we will share stories from our archives of bravery and sacrifice and commemorate and celebrate the Gurkhas continuing service to Britain.