Bor­ough an­nounces first Gurkha burial site

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE first ded­i­cated Gurkha burial site in London is to be cre­ated in the bor­ough by Hilling­don Coun­cil.

Land near the Peace Memo­rial Gar­den, in Cherry Lane Ceme­tery, West Dray­ton, has been set aside and work there is set to be­gin soon.

There will also be an area for col­umn burial units to house ashes.

A for­mal cer­e­mony mark­ing the open­ing of the ded­i­cated burial area will take place later in the year.

Leader of the coun­cil, coun­cil­lor Ray Pud­di­foot, said: “Hilling­don Coun­cil is com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since the start of World War One and with more than 200,000 Gurkhas hav­ing served in the Bri­tish Army over two world wars this is one way for Hilling­don to ac­knowl­edge the con­tri­bu­tion and sac­ri­fices that Gurkhas have made to this coun­try.”

In 2009 all re­tired Gurkhas won the right to live in the UK, fol­low­ing a cam­paign led by ac­tress Joanna Lum­ley, whose fa­ther served with the 6th Gurkha Ri­fles.

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