On the closest Sunday to Remembrance Day each year, a service takes place to remember the service and sacrifice of Gurkha soldiers. From the area of Nepal, the Gurkhas fought alongside Australians during the First World War. This included at Gallipoli where they were among the first to arrive and the last to leave.
Approximately 100,000 Gurkhas fought in the First World War and they had a reputation as fierce soldiers. They suffered over 20,000 casualties, including 6,000 killed.
A memorial tree to Gurkha soldiers was dedicated on Remembrance Day in 2007. It is located near the Legacy Garden on the Shrine Reserve.
- Shrine Governor Group Captain Annette Holian
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Reviewed 08 November 2023