The Battle of Long Jawi was one of the earliest battles in what is known as the Borneo Confrontation. On September 25th 1963 a small force, including a unit of Gurkha troops led by Corporal Tejbahadur Gurung, arrived at the village of Long Jawi in Borneo to set up defences against incursions by Indonesian forces. However, Indonesian forces were already in the area and over the next two days up to two hundred Indonesian soldiers built up around the village. On September 28th the Indonesians attacked and the Gurkha unit fought back from their entrenched position on a nearby hill for several hours before withdrawing. British helicopter support allowed many of the Indonesian troops, who had to withdrawn after plundering the village, to be ambushed and captured in turn. Tejbahadur was awarded the Military Medal for his leadership in this confrontation.
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.