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Charles honours Gurkha soldiers

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2011

The Prince of Wales presents Afghanistan Service Medals to Gurkas at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to Gurkha soldiers who were killed and horrifically injured in a hard-fought tour of Afghanistan.

Charles presented campaign medals to members of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) who recently returned from six months in Helmand province.

Wounded troops on crutches and in a wheelchair lined up alongside their comrades on a bitterly cold parade ground at Sir John Moore Barracks in Folkestone, Kent.

Addressing the men, the Prince said they had endured “yet another gruelling tour” in Afghanistan but had left the country a better place.

He said progress in Helmand had come at a “terrible cost”, with 16 members of 1RGR’s wider battle group killed during the deployment from April to November last year and 110 wounded.

Charles highlighted the extraordinary courage of the injured soldiers in battling their way to recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gurkha killed by suicide bomber is named

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 5, 2010

Kentnews The Folkestone-based Gurkha soldier who died while on duty in Afghanistan’s Helmand province has been

Rifleman Suraj Gurung

named.

Rifleman Suraj Gurung, 22, was killed during a follow-up foot patrol in south Nahr-e Saraj on Sunday, October 2 after an attack on his patrol base.

He was caught in an explosion when a suicide bomber detonated himself at the front of his platoon.

Rifleman Suraj was born and raised in the hill town of Gorkha in Nepal and had served in the British Army since December 2007, becoming the first member of his family to do so.

In early January 2008 he trained as a rifleman at Catterick in North Yorkshire before beginning his Gurkha infantry training. Read the rest of this entry »

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