Who are the Gurkhas?

Over 200 years of bravery and loyal service to the British Crown.

With: Major General Craig Lawrence CBE

For over 200 years, Gurkha soldiers, recruited from Nepal, have loyally served this country, many making the ultimate sacrifice. More than 6000 died in the First World War and 8000 in the Second World War, with many thousands more seriously wounded.  This tradition of service and sacrifice for the British Crown continues today with Gurkha soldiers and units participating in all major British Army operations this century.

Major General Craig Lawrence CBE , is a retired British Army officer who spent 30 years serving with the Gurkhas. His last appointment as a serving officer was as the Director of Joint Warfare. He then spent several years as the Course Director of the Royal College of Defence Studies before setting up his own strategy and leadership consultancy. He now consults when not researching or writing about Gurkhas!

General Lawrence talks us through the entire 206 year history from when Britain first begun recruiting Gurkhas in 1815 and to their involvement in every major world wide conflict since.  Whether you’re a Gurkha expert or know nothing about these fearsome fighting soldiers and want to know more, this is an online lecture not to be missed!

The lecture and live Q&A took place in July 2021, however if you missed the lecture you can catch up now!



We are delighted to offer this lecture free of charge, however if you would like to make a donation to The Gurkha Museum Trust we would be very grateful. The Gurkha Museum Trust is a charity that relies on your support. Every donation large or small enables us to continue celebrating, honouring and promoting the history and culture of the Gurkha Soldier and their continuing service to Britain.



Time: Virtual Lecture

Cost: FREE

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