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10 Items You Must See At The Gurkha Museum

Forces Network has taken a walk around the Gurkha Museum in Winchester with curator Gavin Edgerley-Harris, who pointed out 10 of his...

Forces Network has taken a walk around the Gurkha Museum in Winchester with curator Gavin Edgerley-Harris, who pointed out 10 of his favourite items in its collection.

The museum tells the moving and unique story of Gurkha service to the British Crown and its people for 200 years.

Gurkha graves are found in nearly every country in which Britain has fought – a silent testament to their loyalty and courage.

Below, you can see a pair of unique items relating to the Gurkhas on display at the museum:

Gurkha Museum Winchester helmet & gun

(Right) This helmet was taken from a dead Japanese soldier lying beside a tank knocked out by Rifleman Ganju Lama, 7th Gurkha Rifles, during the action which won him the Victoria Cross in 1944.

(Left) A 'Terrorist Pistol' confiscated by the Maya Police while the Gurkhas were fighting the 12-year long communist insurrection in Malaya.

Gurkha Museum Winchester

At the Gurkha Museum, you will find a fitting tribute to the 'Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous', as they are described on the British memorial in London to the Gurkhas in words written by Sir Ralph Lilley Turner MC.

Gurkha Museum Winchester

Mr Edgerley-Harris also brought LCpl Tuljung Gurnung's Kukri and helmet out from the display so we could get hands-on with the equipment that saved the then-rifleman after being shot, stunned by a grenade and ambushed by two Taliban attackers.

Gurkha Museum Winchester

Click here for more information on the Gurkha Museum. To read up more about the Gurkha Brigade in its 200th anniversary year of service to the crown, click here.

Take a look here, meanwhile, if you'd like to find out the 10 things you need to know about the Gurkhas...