Borough announces first Gurkha burial site
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.