In 1917 units of 2nd Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles were tasked with forcing a crossing of the Tigris River at Shumran in Mesopotamia as part of the Allied assault against Turkish forces in the First World War. This force was led by Major George Wheeler, who led his men from the front and established and held a beachhead on the opposite side of the river against a determined Turkish counterattack, receiving a bayonet wound to the head in the process. He would later be awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. The rowers of the boats in the painting were men of the 4th Battalion the Royal Hampshire Regiment.
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.