We are delighted that The Gurkha Welfare Trust is to publicise our Veterans’ oral history stories on their social media pages. This means the stories will be shared with a wide audience and outreach and spreading the history of the Gurkha Veterans. Our first posting had over 1600 ‘Likes’!
The full website and extract from Veterans’ stories can be viewed at www.gurkhastories.com together with our community film and school resource pack.
Originally born in India while his father was in the Indian Army, Karna and his mother moved back to their mountain village in Nepal to farm when he was around three years old. Karna saw active combat service in Malaysia during the 1960s and was ambushed four times. Karna’s story is recounted in our book, published later this year…
After getting enlisted into the Gurkhas, the basic training that we did as a new recruit after coming to Malaysia was all about fighting battles: how to kill your enemy and how to survive. For that we must remember and was taught that fitness was very important before going to the battle. With fitness, one is able to survive and destroy the enemy and also save lives of our friends.
Karna features in our short film which can be viewed on our website by clicking on here.
Karna Rana Bahadur on left-handside
Portrait by Roy Essery
(Photo: Gurkha Museum)
It is one year since last August’s tea party at Abbeygate House with the young National Citizen Service (NCS) young adults. This summer’s 2015 group for the NCS in Colchester has spent the last month fundraising to sponsor young children in Nepal to attend school. The young group went on a sponsored walk and a busking session in the town and raised almost £400 for schools children in Nepal.
As a thank you, the Gurkha community invited the group to a lunch party in early August and a lot of dancing went down! A fusion of traditional Nepalese dancing holding heavy trays and skilfully balancing them while twirling mixed with Colchester’s finest young ‘groovers’!
The event coincided with the Colchester Gazette awarding the Gurkha community at Abbeygate House with their ‘Local Hero’ award and £100 to share with the home for their voluntary work in the community, tending gardens, planting vegetables and promoting vibrant garden spaces in public areas.
Bhui Maya Rana arrived at Abbeygate House in Colchester in October 2014 after making the decision to live in the UK in her ninth decade. Bhui’s husband, Hira Bahadur Rana, joined the British Gurkhas after 1947. They were married in 1948 when Bhui was 15 years old but sadly she was widowed by her 30s. Bhui joined her husband in Hong Kong and Brunei and briefly visited Singapore during her time as a Gurkha wife.
I lived in a place called Manakamana, and the nearest town I used to live near is called Gorkha. It used to take about one day [walk on foot, no cars]. So when I go in the morning, then I would get there in evening time. But for Pokhara, it used to take us three days to get there.
I didn’t go to school because there was no school there and I had to do farming and all the housework… Bhui’s story continues here: http://gurkhastories.com/portfolio-view/bhui-maya-rana/
Hong Kong c. 1960 when Bhui lived there (photo by Major Godwin)