General Media News

16 Jun 18

THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS: The Gurkhas in Nepal at Delhi & Gallipoli 

The First Hundred Years: The Gurkhas in Nepal at Delhi & Gallipoli by Josh Provan (See his website at Adventures in Historyland :

Part 1 – Nepal

Part 2 – Delhi 

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FROM KATHMANDU TO KENT 

Himal Magazine article: From Kathmandu to Kent

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2 Jun 18

LT COLONEL JOHN CROSS – KANTIPUR TV INTERVIEW

Please click on the link to view JP Cross’s interview on Kantipur TV.

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28 Feb 18

MUSSORIE’S THREE ‘FREDERICKS’ – Indian Statesman

Sirmoories may be interested in reading the article ‘Mussorie’s Three ‘Fredericks’’ by found by David Thomas in the Indian Statesman.

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2-8 Jun 17

NEPALI STREET NAMES IN ENGLAND – Nepali Times 

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18 Jan 17

GLORIOUS (AND NOT-SO-GLORIOUS) HISTORY – Kathmandu Post  

Kathmandu Post

By Deepak Thapa

 Nepali history-writing has erased the contribution of Kumaonis and Garhwalis in building the brave Gurkha myth.

The apocryphal story of Gurkha recruitment has it that during the Anglo-Gorkha War of 1814-16, one Lieutenant Frederick Young was captured by the by the Gorkhalis following the flight of the force he was commanding.  … The truth is obviously far from that romantic.  http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-01-12/glorious-and-not-so-glorious-history.html  

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11 Jan 17

 

CLOUD FUNDING APPEAL FOR ‘CHILDREN IN THE SNOW’ FILM   

Marcus Stephenson (Owner and Director of Mayfly Television) is making a film ‘Children in the Snow’ to help the mountain people of Nepal. To do that, they are telling the story of 3 children who were sent away by their families at age 4 for an education. Now aged 16, the children are returning home to see their parents for the first time in 12 years. “We don’t think any child should have to leave their family for an education. By raising awareness we can improve this situation and reconnect more children with their families. If we get just £10,000 we’ll get to the final stage of our edit”.

If interested in viewing some superb trailers and in sponsorship opportunities for ‘Children in The Snow’, please visit:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-of-the-snow-land-documentary-film-nepal#/

Please pass on this notice to your friends and family who take an interest in Nepal and its people.

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 23 May 16

 

30 Mar 16 – DOC MCKERR (Ex QGE) – NEPAL TRIPTICH FILMS OF NEPAL

Doc McKerr, ex Queen’s Gurkha Engineers who worked in Nepal as a troop commander with QGE on a number of small projects for the GWT, is making three short films, which he hopes will encourage visitors to keep going to Nepal, and not stay away because of the earthquake last year.

 

  • “The Rise of the Artisans”.  The first film can be viewed at  https://youtu.be/U754DUo6U_I
  • “The Power of Unity” – due to follow by 25 April, one year after the earthquake, &
  • “Building for the Future”.

 

It is hoped that the films will help encourage further interest in, and provide much-needed tourist revenue for Nepal.

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17 Mar 16 – BRITAIN NEPAL ACADEMIC COUNCIL  BICENTENARY WORKSHOP ON BRITAIN-NEPAL RELATIONS

For programme details see the following link.

 

If you would like to attend the attached workshop at the Djam Lecture Theatre SOAS on the history of Britain-Nepal relations, you should register your attendance at the following link (so that we know numbers):

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Jv8rvKFQn_LEKWnyUHntZpES0SkhOqphE6nd03tJh_o/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

or go to  http://www.soas.ac.uk/south-asia-institute/events/23mar2016-bnac-bicentenary-workshop-on-britain-nepal-relations.html

 

If you unable to make the whole day, the final presentation by John Whelpton’s Bicentenary Public Lecture on ‘The Limits of Nationalism: Political Identity in Nepal and the British Isles’ at 6 p.m. (no need to register for this) may be of interest.

 

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5 Mar 16 – KALAA JYOTI ART EXHIBITION AT THE GURKHA MUSEUM 22-24 APR 16

 

There will be an Art Exhibition of paintings produced by the orphans supported by Kalaa Jyoti Charity, at the Gurkha Museum 22-24 Apr 16. For full details please see the following:

Art Exhibition Flier

About the Kalaa Jyoti Charity

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5 Mar 16 – REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION SUPPORT FOR EARTHQUAKE RECONSTRUCTION

 

Members of the GBA and Regimental Associations in particular, have been exceedingly generous in fundraising to support the Trust’s reconstruction efforts in Nepal. Having identified some 1200 homes of Welfare Pensioners that either collapsed or are beyond repair the reconstruction team, headed by John White (ex-QGE), is committed to rebuilding these as quickly as possible.

In some cases individuals in the UK have clubbed together to fund specific houses with their generosity being recognised with their names included on a plaque attached to the finished home. Houses are constructed to earthquake resistant standards and the basic design is now being enhanced with toilets and smokeless stoves. A photograph of the very first newly constructed dwelling is attached, along with its happy owners, Rfn Dharmarsing Tamang ex-1/7GR and his wife, Doma.

The costs of houses are subject to a number of variables but come in at around £4200 per dwelling and the numbers required, by regiment, are as follows:

Regiment/Regimental Association Complete home rebuilds required
2 GR 74
6 GR 107
7 GR 64
10 GR 66
QGE 14
QG Signals 9
GTR/QOGLR 15

 

Should individuals or Regimental Associations wish to make a recognised contribution for specific homes for their own regimental ex-servicemen, they should channel funds through GWT and the Trust’s UK office rather than going direct to GWS in Pokhara. Initial contact should be made through the Trust’s Director of Fundraising, Karen England on karenengland@gwt.org.uk or 01722 343 112.

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5 Mar 16 – SOAS SEMINAR ‘LOST IN TRANSITION: REBUILDING NEPAL FROM THE MAOIST MAYHEM AND MEGA EARTHQUAKE’ ON 9 MAR 16 AT 1900.

 

There is to be a seminar at SOAS in London on 9 March 2016, 5 to 7pm featuring Kul Chandra Gautam’s new book:  Lost in Transition: Rebuilding Nepal from the Maoist mayhem and mega earthquake. The author will be present details can be found at the following link: http://www.soas.ac.uk/south-asia-institute/events/09mar2016-lost-in-transition-rebuilding-nepal.html

The seminar is open to the public, so you might encourage people interested in Nepal to attend.

The book is available in the UK through:

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5 Mar 16 – COBSEO NEWSLETTER 4 MAR 2016

Click here to read the COBSEO Newsletter 5 Mar 2016.

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1 Mar 16 – CHINDIT MEMORIAL AY WHITE CITY, BURMA – Project update as at Feb 16

 

The bronze plaque was cast and finished in 7 weeks by Mossfords (see attached photo).  It is currently awaiting clearance at Yangon (Rangoon) before being transferred up to Mawlu and White City.

We have agreed with the proposal by the Mawlu Heritage Trust (MHT) to build the memorial on the summit of ‘No.5 Hill’, a small hill opposite Pagoda Hill and within the perimeter of White City.  Aspire Defence at Warminster designed the memorial and their drawings are with the MHT (see attached).  Communication is difficult with the MHT (their English is limited) but we have been assured that the plinth (with the plaque fixed) will be ready by the 17th March.  It’s now in their hands and, if their enthusiasm is any measure, it will be completed in time!

77th Brigade, through the British Defence Attache in Yangon, is awaiting permission from the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs to conduct a brief service of dedication of the memorial and we are confident that permission will be obtained, though perhaps at the eleventh hour.

Finally, the appeal has raised over £4,800 which is in excess of the estimated cost of the memorial.  The cost of the plaque is £1,800 delivered to Mandalay.  The cost of the plinth should be no more than £1,000.  So in total the cost of this Chindits Memorial at White City should be no more that £3,000.  Funds will be needed to reimburse the MHT who will organize regular maintenance of the memorial.

A number of donors have said that the memorial should include details of White City and Brigadier Calvert – he was of course key to the location, creation and operation of this very successful stronghold.  As we have sufficient funds it is proposed that a second bronze plaque be cast and added to the memorial to commemorate White City.   Chindit Bill Smyly has agreed to help in its design.  We hope that donors will agree this is an appropriate addition to the memorial but if you have any thoughts or suggestions please email me.

A further update with some photos and a brief account of a successful ceremony at White City to follow in May 16.

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1 Mar 16 – GBA BRIEFING DAY 20 FEB 16 – PRESENTATIONS

 

Please find attached a copy of the presentations given at the GBA Briefing Day on the 20th Feb 16 less the Col BG Presentation which is not for issue.  I draw your attention to the Army Secretariat notes by Mr Mike Roberts which will be of interest.

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1 Mar 16 – GURKHA WELFARE ADVICE CENTRE (GWAC) – NEWSLETTER FEB 16

 

Please read the GWAC Newsletter for Feb 2016 in English or Deva Nagri.

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1 Mar 16 – DRAWDOWN OF GURKHA 200 WEBSITE

 

In line with the reduction in G200 activity, the planned drawdown of our digital presence became effective as of today. The Gurkha 200 website, which has seen diminishing traffic, is now closed and forwarding has been set up to GWT’s Gurkha 200 page – an overview of the year’s key events with referrals to other pillars.

Following a period of referral to our various individual social media channels, Facebook and Twitter accounts have also been deactivated.

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