Producer | Catriona Oliphant
Music | Buddhiman Gurung
A Gurkha Remembers is the result of a very special collaboration. My thanks to John Cross for entrusting me with his story and enjoying the adventure. It has been enormous fun as well as a great privilege. Especial thanks also to John’s surrogate family, Buddhiman Gurung, Bhim Kumari and their children for their contributions to this recording and for their generous hospitality when I was in Pokhara.
A remarkable story…
Lt Colonel John Cross OBE has spent a lifetime in Asia – in and out of the army.
Educated at Shrewsbury, ‘JPX’ – as he is affectionately known – joined the British army in 1943, aged 17. By 1944, he was at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, going on to serve with 1/1 Gurkha Rifles in Burma.
In 1982, after 39 years’ service – nearly all with the Gurkhas – JPX retired to Nepal. for many years now, he has lived in Pokhara with his adopted son,Buddhiman Gurung, and family. In 2014, he was granted Nepali citizenship.
This is his story.