The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown

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GurkhasA presentation by Major General Craig Lawrence CBE, Director Joint Warfare, Ministry of Defence and author of ‘The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown’.

In 1815, the Honourable East India Company began recruiting soldiers from the mountain Kingdom of Nepal. Known as Gurkhas, these proud warriors have now served the British Crown for 200 years, earning an enviable reputation for their courage, loyalty and martial qualities. This presentation will chronicle their remarkable story. It begins with the First Anglo-Nepal War of 1814 and concludes with the contribution that today’s Gurkhas are making to contemporary operations.

The presentation will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions of Major General Lawrence and a distinguished panel of Gurkha experts including:

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB CBE, ex-Gurkha officer, author and historian

Brigadier (Ret’d) Christopher Bullock OBE MC, ex-Gurkha officer and author of ‘Britain’s Gurkhas’

 Colonel (Ret’d) William Shuttlewood, Director, Gurkha Welfare Trust

Major (Ret’d) Gordon Corrigan MBE, ex-Gurkha officer, author and historian

Mr Gavin Edgerley-Harris, Curator of the Gurkha Museum, Winchester

Major General Lawrence will be on hand to sign copies of his book, ‘The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown’ (Unicorn Press: 30 April 2015), which will be on sale at a special price of £30. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Refreshments will be available from 1530.

This event is open to all.

To attend this event, please register online using the "Book your place" button above. If you have any queries please contact Victoria Walker, Members’ Events Co-ordinator, at or call +44 (0)20 7747 2600.

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