The British Empire Medal (originally the British Empire Medal for Meritorious Service) is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service to the Crown. This medal was awarded to Rifleman Bhajbir Gurung, of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force). Bhajbir served as the Orderly to General (later Field Marshal) Sir William “Bill” Slim when slim was the General Officer Commanding (‘GOC’) the Allied 14th Army during the Burma Campaign of the Second World War, between 1942 and 1945. Slim was a decorated soldier who served in both the First and Second World Wars. During his career he commanded units of both the 6th and 7th Gurkha Rifles, forming an extremely high opinion of their capabilities as soldiers. He later served as Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1949 to 1952.
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.