The Indian Order of Merit was a British Indian military (and occasionally civil) decoration which was created in 1837 and was the highest gallantry award which could be granted to Indian troops in the British-Indian Army until 1911. The award had three ranks, 3rd, 2nd and 1st class, each signified by differences in colour and metal type. This IOM is of the 3rd class and was awarded to Havildar Wazir Sing Adkari of the 5th Goorkha Regiment, (later 5th Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force)). Adkari was awarded the medal for leading a charge to storm the site of Spin Gawai Kotal, a heavily defended line of defence held by Afghan troops in December 1878 during the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War. The accompanying medal is Adkari’s Afghanistan Medal, awarded to troops who participated in that campaign. Adkari was later sadly killed in a powder magazine explosion at the Bala Hissar Fort in Kabul in October 1879.
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.