Q&A: Ex-Gurkhas in Hong Kong

Whilst doing some research online about Ex-/Gurkhas, it seems like there are many unanswered questions revolving around the mystery of the Gurkhas especially life in Hong Kong after 1997. From the previous blog post, we have answers quick questions and have given the readers some facts on Gurkhas. But now, I thought what a better way would be than interviewing Ex-Gurkhas themselves. We are very thankful for the 3 very busy Ex-Gurkhas who have participated in this interview. Please note, that the following was translated from Nepalese to English. Please enjoy.

What is your name?

Ghale Humkumar

When did you enter the Army?

I joined in British army 1986, my Army number is 21167451.

Why did you enter the Army?

My grandfather, my father and my oldest brother were all in the British Army which lead to my interest in joining the Army too.

What was your position in the Army?

My position was Section Commander.

What was most memorable during your time in the Army?

The most memorable time was recruit training in Falkland island. My life in East Africa, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom was also very memorable especially UK.

What do you think is the biggest difference being a Gurkha?

I feel very proud of myself personally to be a Gurkha.

From the time you left the army, what have you been doing now?

I retired in 2001, after retirement I went to Hong Kong and was Bodyguard for Li Ka Shing from 2002 to 2005. Now I am working as a Security Officer in G3S.

What is your name?

Gurung Thaku

When did you enter the Army?

I joined in British army 1987.

Why did you enter the Army?

I entered the Army hoping for a brighter future and a better life.

 What was your position in the Army?

Position of Army Lance Corporal.

What was most memorable during your time in the Army?

The most memorable day for me was the Army’s 6-month operational tour of central America of Belize.

What do you think is the biggest difference being a Gurkha?

After I joined the Army and became a Gurkha, I felt like lots had changed in my life such as disciplinary. As well as I felt like the quality of my life become better than before. I also learnt to respect others from a different country and a different background.

From the time you left the army, what have you been doing now?

After I left the Army, they provided me with a nice house and gave good education for my children. I’ve worked as a surveillance supervisor in the US consulate in HK as well as a bodyguard, driver, security job that I received from G3S.

What is your name?

Limbu Tika Ram

When did you enter the Army?

In 1995 I entered the Army.

Why did you enter the Army?

I entered the Army because I wanted to earn money and learn how to use real guns and fight for our country.

What was your position in the Army?

My last position was Havildar(sergeant) in the Army.

What was most memorable during your time in the Army?

There were so many memorable moments but my first firefighting with the enemy was in 1997 near Chudachanpur Manipur.

What do you think is the biggest difference being a Gurkha?

I think the biggest difference between others and the Gurkhas is that we are honest, helpful and ready to die with comrades.

From the time you left the army, what have you been doing now?

After I retired from the Army, I have been doing different types of job, for example, working on Construction site, Bodyguard, and Security guard.

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