Thursday 14 June – 6.00pm
The McDonald Gallery, Gurkha Museum, Winchester
The Siege of Delhi
Join us for an exciting evening lecture where Gurkha Museum Director; Gavin Edgerley-Harris will be speaking on one of the major events during the Indian Mutiny, which back in 1857 changed the face of British rule in India.
Beginning in May 1857 with the rebellion of troops in Meerut in response to many different grievances, and spreading throughout northern India, the Sepoy Rebellion marked a turning point in the history of the British and the Gurkhas in India.
During the course of the Siege of Delhi Gurkha troops of the Sirmoor Battalion (later 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles)) between July-September 1857, fighting side by side with British troops of the 60th Rifles and the Corps of Guides, succeeded in resisting attacks by the rebels and would be awarded the distinction of being made riflemen thereafter in recognition of their bravery. This distinction continues today in the form of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who continue the traditions of their antecedent rifle regiments.
After the Rebellion the Honourable East India Company’s control of India was replaced by direct control by the British Government. More Gurkhas were recruited from Nepal and the number of Gurkha regiments expanded to help replace regiments which had mutinied or been disbanded.
Tickets are priced at £12 and include a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival and canapés. Please call 01962 842832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.