About Gurkha soldiers

While I was staying at the Gurkha Officer’s Mess in Brunei I came across an article in an old Officer’s Association Newsletter. Written by the Chief Recruiting Officer for British Gurkhas in the early 1950’s, the piece for me encapsulated the affection and regard which still pervades at all levels for the Gurkha soldier who has served the British Crown for so many years.

“Yet I would say that whatever of new invention comes to complicate existence for the Riflemen now and in the future, you need have no misgivings as to the spirit in which he will set about his task. The old traditions will persist and his soldierly qualities will prove equal to every demand. His cheerfulness in good times and bad, simplicity and straightforwardness, vigour and activity, courage and endurance, quick response to sympathy and fair dealing, and ready acceptance of an ideal for which to work, all will see him through. None who has known him but has felt a very genuine affection for the sturdy little man from the hills, and those to whom he has given his confidence, he has never failed.”

Photographs of Gurkha soldiers

Registration, Pokhara, Nepal
'The beauty parade' Central Selection, Pokhara, eastern Nepal
Waiting to be tested, Dharan, eastern Nepal
The documentation process, Dharan, Eastern Nepal
Swearing an oath of allegiance, Pokhara, Nepal
Physical tests, Dharan, eastern Nepal
Briefing, Jiri, eastern Nepal
Washing in river, Pokara, Nepal
Written tests, Dharan, eastern Nepal
The doko race, near Pokhara, eastern Nepal
Measuring up, Phidim, Nepal
Heaves at the bar, Dharan, Nepal
Combat training with kukri, Bosnia
Celebrating Tihar, Bosnia
Remembrance parade, Bosnia
Last post, Banja Luka, Bosnia
Gurkhas search a building, Bosnia
Gurkhas in Bosnia
Passing out parade, Catterick Camp
The final parade, Catterick Camp
In the gym, Catterick camp
Tactical training, Otterburn
Kukri drill, Catterick Camp
Infantry exercise, Scotland
Dressing for final parade, Catterick Camp
Gurkha recruits in Blackpool
Drill, Caterick Camp
Physical training, Catterick Camp
Tika ceremony, Catterick Camp
Final exercise, Norfolk
Platoon run, Scotland
Timed run, Pokhara, Nepal
Candidate told he has passed, Pohkara, Nepal
New kit, Pokhara, Nepal
Haircuts, Pokhara, Nepal
Gurkha jungle exercise

Nick Fleming Behind the Lens

Resting at Gaumukh, source of the Ganges (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
First light by the Ganges in Varanasi (<a target="_blank" href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
With Baba Avtar Singhji and Buga Singh and members and friends of Baba Bidi Chand Dal in Anandpur Sahib. (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
Taking a breather on the Armanath Yatra, Kashmir (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
Portrait session with young sadhu during the Kumbh Mela in Hardwar (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
Milan Bharti making a cup of tea, Varanasi (<a target="_blank" href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
Photographing in Patthar Masjid, Srinagar, Kashmir (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
With Nihangs in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
Photographing in Varanasi (<a target="_blank" href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)
In the mountains near Kedarnath (<a href="http://dalbirsindia.wordpress.com" target="_blank">Photo by Dalbir Singh</a>)