Welcome to our Summer Exhibition

Welcome to The Gurkha Museum’s 2020 Summer Exhibition: Remembered – Gurkhas, VJ Day and the End of the Second World War.

For many years, the Museum has produced an annual exhibition focusing on different aspects of Gurkha history and Nepalese culture. 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges to the way we as a Museum are able to work, as well as affecting our visitors, volunteers, supporters and staff. However, it has also provided us with an opportunity to explore new methods of showcasing our collections.

That is why this year, for the month of August 2020, we will be sharing our annual exhibition digitally through our website and social media platforms. Join us from the comfort of your own home as we take you through some of the great battles and hard-won victories fought by Gurkha soldiers during the Burma Campaign, told digitally through daily posts, photographs and videos.

We hope that you will enjoy this new exhibition format as we continue our work to share the history of the Gurkhas while keeping our visitors and staff safe.

Check back regularly to view new and exciting content throughout the month.

Remembered - Gurkhas, VJ Day and the end of the Second World War

Beginning in late 1941 after the surprise Japanese assault on the American positions at Pearl Harbour, the South-East Asian theatre of the Second World War saw Allied forces rapidly pushed back from their colonial possessions. At its peak the Japanese Empire controlled huge swathes of the Chinese mainland, Malaya, much of Indochina, the majority of the Pacific islands west of Hawaii (including the Philippines) and was seemingly a single successful offensive away from fully conquering Burma and launching an invasion of India.

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Japanese Swords

Japanese swords were often marked with symbols such as the chrysanthemum, an emblem of the Japanese Imperial house, and had great significance within the Japanese military.

The Surrenders

The defeat of the Japanese at many battles fought during 1945 proved decisive in the Burma Campaign, but also occurred at the same time as the ongoing disintegration of Japanese forces in much of the rest of East and South-East Asia.

Medals of Gen. David Cowan and Family

Major General David Tennant ‘Punch’ Cowan joined the 4th Battalion of the 3rd Gurkha Rifles in March 1918. The first three medals in his group, the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal detail his early service during the First World War, with the bronze oak leaf on the Victory Medal indicating his being Mentioned In Dispatches.

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