A Lifetime in Asia – CD By JP Cross

A Lifetime in Asia – CD By JP Cross


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.

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