After the Gurkhas successful action at Mt. Tumbledown and Mt. William, the Battalion was poised to lead the assault on Port Stanley itself. However, instead the Battalion was ordered to hold its position and shortly afterward the Argentinian forces surrendered, ending the Falklands War. The Gurkhas spent a further two nights camped out in their positions before returning to Goose Green to help with the large-scale clean-up operation. It was at this point that the Battalion suffered its only fatal casualty. Lance-Corporal Budhaprasad Limbu was killed whilst working on filling in trenches when his spade struck and set off a hidden grenade. Later in 1982 Corporal Krishnakumar Rai of the Queens Gurkha Engineers would also be killed whilst engaged in similar work.

For the next several weeks 5th Brigade remained on the Falklands to help clean up the post-war chaos, boost the morale of the local population and train in the open spaces that the islands offered. By early July the Gurkhas had begun to send advance parties back to the UK and the main body of the Battalion followed shortly afterwards, sailing to Southampton on board the SS Uganda. On August 9th the 1st Battalion 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles marched through the town of Fleet to a warm and welcome reception by the local residents, exactly 90 days after they had left for the Falklands.

2019 Memorial

In the April of 2019 a  memorial was unveiled by 7th Gurkha Rifles’ Falklands veterans in front of Mount Tumbledown and Mount William. There were also unveilings of memorials to  L/Cpl Budhaparsad Limbu 7GR and Cpl Krishnakumar Rai from QGE killed in ordnance explosions shortly after the conflict. Photographed are the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas who were in attendance as was a Piper from Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment.

National Memorial Arboretum

In 2022 veterans of the campaign and their families, bereaved family members, and civilians who supported the Armed Forces came together for a commemorative event at the National Memorial Arboretum.

A stream of the service is available to view on the Royal British Legion’s website below.

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