History

How The Museum Was Created And By Whom

 

FOUNDER COMMITTEE 1994 – 1996
Captain Yeknarain Gurung 1/2GR Chairman and Museum Manager
Mr Chandrabahadur Gurung General Secretary
Mr Pradeep Thapa Magar Secretary
Captain Deobahadur Rana Magar 1/2GR Treasurer
Lt Dhanbahadur Thulung Rai  QG Signals Elected Member
Mr Balbahadur Sunwar 10GR Elected Member
Mr Pratapsing Rai Nachhiring Elected Member
Mr Amrit Yonjan Tamang Elected Member
Mr Tejbahadur Yakso Limbu Elected Member
Dr Harka Gurung Ph D Active Advisor
Lt Col JP Cross OBE 7GR Active Advisor
Lt Col Lalkaji Gurung 4GR Active Advisor
Major Dipakbahadur Gurung MVO QO GTR Active Advisor

Achievements:
A grand reception for 7 living Gurkha Victoria Cross winners was held in Nepal in 1994. When it ended, it was decided to create the Gurkha Memorial Trust which was registered on 21 January 1994 at Kathmandu, with the primary aim to maintain records of Gurkha bravery. In order to achieve this, the Gurkha Memorial Museum funded by the Gurkha Memorial Trust was set up in a rented room in Lainchaur, Kathmandu. To start with, military uniforms were collected and displayed in two cupboards. A small government funding assisted to cover running costs.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 1996 – 1998
Captain Yeknarain Gurung 1/2GR Chairman and Museum Manager
Capt Deobahadur Rana Magar  1/2GR Vice-Chairman
Major Kulraj Limbu QO GTR General Secretary
Mr Pradeep Thapa Magar Secretary
Major Ramparasad Gurung QO GTR Treasurer
Lt Dhanbahadur Thulung RaiQG Signals Elected Member
Captain Minbahadur Gurung QG Signals Elected Member
Inspector Dhrubabahadur Gurung GCSPF Elected Member
Lt Rambahadur Gurung QG Signals Elected Member
Mr Balbahadur Sunwar 10GR Elected Member
Mr Chijbahadur Gurung 1/2GR Elected Member
Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE Invited Member

Achievements:
By now more military items were collected. On 22 May 1998, 4 living Gurkha Victoria Cross winners (Agamsing Rai, Ganju Lama, Bhanubhakta Gurung and Rambahadur Limbu) lead by the Chairman, General Secretary, Secretary and Mr Chijbahadur Gurung had an audience with HM King Birendra Bikram Shah.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 1998 – 2000
(Same as 1996 – 1998)

Achievements:
The museum was moved to another rented room also in Lainchaur, Kathmandu. By now the number of items on display had increased to 3 rooms. The Gurkha Museum in UK also sent some of their spare military items.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2000 – 2002
Captain Yeknarain Gurung 1/2 GR Chairman and Museum Manager
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR First Vice-Chairman
Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE Second Vice-Chairman
Major Kulraj Limbu QO GTR General Secretary
Inspector Dhrubabahadur Gurung GCSPF Treasurer
Captain Minbahadur Gurung QG Signals Elected Member
Lt Dhanbahadur Thulung Rai QG Signals Elected Member
Captain Chandraman Gurung 1GR Elected Member
Captain Ganeshbahadur Gurung 10GR Elected Member

Achievements:
The museum displays continued to improve with layouts by regiments while contacts were made with Regimental Associations in the UK. The Gurkha Museum in UK sent more spare military items.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2002 – 2004
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR Chairman
Hon Captain Indrabahadur Gurung 5GR(FF) Senior Vice-Chairman
Mr Khumbahadur Gurung QO GLR Vice-Chairman
Hon Captain Karnabahadur Thapa 2GR/RGR General Secretary
Mr Dilbahadur Gauchan 2/2GR Secretary
Mr Thaindradhoj Tulachan 7GR Treasurer
Mr Bishnu Gurung 6 GR Elected Member
Major (GCO) Keshav Tamang MBE SLJ 10 GR Elected Member
Hon Major Govinde Gurung MVO MBE QG Signals Elected Member
Hon Major Krishnabahadur Gurung MVO MBE QOGLR Elected Member
Mr Khubbahadur Baral GCSPF Elected Member
Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE Invited Member
Captain (QGO) Lalbahadur Rana 2/2GR Museum Manager
Lt Col JP Cross OBE 7GR Active Advisor

 

Achievements:
In Aug 2001, the museum moved to Pokhara. It was set up in a rented house at Hotel Nature Land, Pardi. For the first time, a few tourists and Nepali visitors started to come while more military items were collected.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2004 – 2006
(Same as 2002 – 2004)

Achievements:
In 2004, with support from the then Commander British Gurkhas Nepal/Defence Attache Kathmandu, Colonel Peter Sharland, the museum was given on lease the UK MOD land outside British Gurkhas Pokhra and construction started. Field Marshal Sir John Chapple laid the foundation stone. With serious fundraising the ground floor Gurkha History gallery was completed and opened to the public in Jul 2005. In Apr 2006, the second storey was completed and the Regimental Gallery was opened to the public.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2006 – 2008
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR Chairman
Hon Captain Padamlal Gurung J&K Senior Vice-Chairman
Mr Khumbahadur Gurung QO GLR Vice-Chairman
Hon Captain Karnabahadur Thapa 2GR/RGR General Secretary
Mr Thaindradhoj Tulachan 7GR Treasurer
Hon Major Govinde Gurung MVO MBE QG Signals Elected Member
CI Haridhoj Gurung GCSPF Elected Member
Mr Bishnu Gurung 6 GR Elected Member
Major (GCO) Keshav Tamang MBE SLJ 10 GR Elected Member
Hon Major Krishnabahadur Gurung MVO MBE QOGLR Elected Member
Hon Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE Elected Member and Construction Director
Captain (QGO) Lalbahadur Rana 2/2GR Museum Manager
Lt Col JP Cross OBE 7GR Active Advisor

Achievements:
By late 2007 the top floor construction was completed while the displays in the additional Regimental Gallery on the third storey was arranged by 2008. At this stage, the museum had become one of the key sightseeing place in Pokhara for visitors.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2008 – 2010
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR Chairman
Major Gopalbahadur Gurung MBE 6GR Senior Vice-Chairman
Mr Khumbahadur Gurung QO GLR Vice-Chairman
Hon Captain Karnabahadur Thapa 2GR/RGR General Secretary
Hon Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE Secretary and Construction Director
Mr Ganesh Gurung 6GR Treasurer
Hon Major Govinde Gurung MVO MBE QG Signals Elected Member
CI Haridhoj Gurung GCSPF Elected Member
Hon Major Krishnabahadur Gurung MVO MBE QOGLR Elected Member
Lt Col Chetbahadur Gurung J&K Elected Member
Hon Major Jaibahadur Gurung MVO MBE 6GR Elected Member
Mr Bishnu Gurung 6GR Elected Member
Sub Major/Hon Captain Lalprasad Gurung 5/8GR Elected Member
Mr Khimbahadur Gauchan 8GR Elected Member
Mr Bhaktabahdur Gurung Assam Rifles Elected Member

Achievements:
A painting displaying the 1857 Delhi Day Siege, presented by the Sirmoor Club was unveiled on the Ground Floor by Field Marshall Sir John Chapple Late 2GR. The 2 x cannons brought from Palpa and gifted by the Nepal Army were located on either side of the statue plinth. On completion of the building construction, General Sir David Richards, Colonel Commandant The Brigade of Gurkhas unveiled the Gurkha soldier statue and inaugurated the full opening of the museum in Feb 2009. General Rookmangud Katawal, Chief of the Nepal Army visited in Jul 2010 and presented a painting of a battle in 1815 during Anglo-Nepal War. Number of visitors per year crossed 15,000 mark.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2010-2012
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR Chairman
Hon Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE Vice-Chairman
Hon Captain Karnabahadur Thapa 2GR/RGR General Secretary
CSgt Ganeshbahadur  Gurung 6GR Treasurer
Lt Col Chetbahadur Gurung J&K Rifles Elected Member
Major (GCO) Lilbahadur Gurung MBE QG Signals Elected Member
CI Haridhoj Gurung GCSPF Elected Member
Hon Major Krishnabahadur Gurung MVO MBE QOGLR Elected Member
Hon Major Govinde Gurung MVO MBE QG Signals Elected Member
Captain (QGO) Tankabahadur Limbu 10GR Elected Member
LCpl Bishnu Gurung 6GR Elected Member
Lt Col J P Cross OBE 7GR Advisor
Hon Lt Thakur Bahadur Rana QGE Museum Manager
Hon Capt Damarbahadur Gurung 1/2 GR Museum Manager (from Sep 11)

Achievements:
Remembrance Day was held for the first time at the museum on 13 November 2010. Three Pre-WW1 weapons were handed over by the Government of Nepal in July 2011. Staff car park roof and emergency stairs were constructed. Number of visitors per year crossed 27,000 mark.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2012 – 2014
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR Chairman
Hon Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE 1st Vice-Chairman
Hon Major Krishnabahadur Gurung MVO MBE QOGLR 2nd Vice-Chairman
Hon Captain Karnabahadur Thapa 2GR/RGR General Secretary
Mr Pradip Gurung GWS Treasurer
Mr Mohan Darlami GWS Treasurer (from Feb 14)
Lt Col Chetbahadur Gurung J&K Rifles IA Elected Member
Major (GCO) Lilbahadur Gurung MBE QG Signals Elected Member
Hon Major Govinde Gurung MVO MBE QG Signals Elected Member
CI Haridhoj Gurung GCSPF Elected Member
Lt (QGO) Purnabahadur Gurung RGR (Late 6GR) Elected Member
CSgt Bhupaljang Kunwar 10GR Elected Member
Lt Col JP Cross OBE 7GR Active Advisor
Hon Capt Damarbahadur Gurung 1/2 GR Museum Manager

Achievements:
Reconstructed 1st Floor gallery with more space for each Gurkha Infantry regiment and placed TV screens in each section. Reconstructed 2nd Floor gallery for Brigade of Gurkhas supporting units and moved the Indian Army Gorkha Regiments section into the old library room that was moved down to the ground floor, thus producing more space for displays. Museum’s 10th Anniversary since construction was celebrated on 27 and 28 Sep 14. Number of visitors rose to over 35,000 per year.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2014 – 2016
Major Yambahadur Gurung 2GR/RGR Chairman
Hon Major Judbahadur Gurung QGE 1st Vice-Chairman
Hon Major Krishnabahadur Gurung MVO MBE QOGLR 2nd Vice-Chairman
Hon Captain Karnabahadur Thapa 2GR/RGR General Secretary
Mr Mohan Darlami GWS Treasurer
Hon Major Govinde Gurung MVO MBE QG Signals Elected Member
Lt Col Chetbahadur Gurung J&K Rifles IA Elected Member
Lt (QGO) Purnabahadur Gurung RGR (Late 6GR) Elected Member
CSgt Bhupaljang Kunwar 10GR Elected Member
ASP Kishore Kumar Gurung GCSPF Elected Member
Hon Captain Dudman Gurung 2 GR Elected Member
CSgt Bhupaljang Kunwar 10GR Active Advisor
Hon Capt Damarbahadur Gurung 1/2 GR Museum Supervisor (Volunteer)
Mr Thakbahadur Pun Museum Manager

Achievements:
On 28th March 2015, the 2nd K E O Goorkhas (Sirmoor Rifles) Association to mark their 200th Anniversary held at BGP, constructed a replica of the Dehra Dun Regimental Lal Gate in the museum car park which was unveiled by FM Sir John Chapple. On 25th April 2015, when the great earthquake hit Nepal, fortunately there was no damage to the museum. Added by the Madesi border blockade four months later, number of visitors dropped by 60% but began to pick up after 12 months. Given electrical power cuts, solar power back up was purchased.