Monday, June 10, 2013

Chairman of the Michael Uren Foundation Trust presents 'The Gurkha Soldier' to The Brigade of Gurkhas

The Brigade of Gurkhas was presented with a magnificent silver statuette called ‘The Gurkha Soldier’ at the Gurkha Brigade Association (GBA) Memorial Service and Reunion Lunch on Saturday.

The Indian Army Memorial Room (RMA Sandhurst)
Image courtesy of Dhanraj Rai
The past and present members of The Brigade of Gurkhas, both living and dead are remembered on this day. The event took place in the Indian Army Memorial Room at the Royal Military Academy (RMA) in Sandhurst.

The chairman of the Michael Uren Foundation Trust, Mr Michael Uren presented ‘The Gurkha Soldier’ to Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB CBE OStJ DL to show the high regards in which he holds the Brigade of Gurkhas.

“Mr. Uren is a major donor of the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) and has donated significant sums of money to the Trust to build Residential Homes in Nepal along the lines of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London,” says the Brigade Secretary, N D Wylie Carrick MBE.

The chairman of the Michael Uren Foundation Trust, Mr Michael Uren 
Image courtesy of Dhanraj Rai
He has been making the donations to the Trust since 2007 after a phrase, “Too Old to Fight. Too Proud to Ask”, in the Gurkha Trust leaflet, caught his attention.

The first Residential Home was constructed in Pokhara in Kaski and has been open since 2010.  

A second Residential Home is currently under construction in Dharan and is due to be completed in September 2013, with a formal opening in February 2014.

The GWT (UK) is also considering the location of a third Residential Home to be constructed in the Kathmandu Valley.

The Gurkha Soldier

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB CBE OStJ DL
Image courtesy of Dhanraj Rai
Mr Michael Uren commissioned a silver statuette of a Gurkha Soldier, equipped and armed in Operation HERRICK tours in Afghanistan. He presented the first statue of ‘The Gurkha Soldier’ to the Gurkha Welfare Scheme in Nepal, following the opening of the Kaski Residential Home. 

The second statuette of ‘The Gurkha Solder’ was presented to the Brigade of Gurkhas on Saturday. 

‘The Gurkha’ Soldier’ is now held at Headquarters The Brigade of Gurkhas.  

More than 230 retired and serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas attended the programme. To name a few, there were Gen Sir Sam Cowan KCB CBE, The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA, Col Brigade of Gurkhas James  Robinson among others.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent article - thank you!
John Anderson