Thursday, 10 December 2009
Countdown to Christmas. Day 10 – local Gurkhas
Every year we remember those who have given their lives for their country, but it is easy to forget that we owe a similar debt to living veterans. Earlier this year a campaign led by Joanna Lumley and the Liberal Democrats was successful in ensuring that all Gurkhas who have fought for Britain have the right to settle in the UK.
The campaign garnered a great deal of media attention, but there is still work to be done.
In May, I led a campaign with Cllr Carol Shaw and Cllr Simon Green to secure recognition for two Gurkha officers, including a holder of the Victoria Cross, interred in Hampstead Cemetery.
In November, we included this grave amongst the locations in south and west Kilburn that we recognised with wreaths and tributes on Remembrance Sunday.