So You Want To Be A Gurkha
By Chris Darnell
Gurkha soldiers are global superstars. They are fighting warriors from the hills of Nepal and have been in the service of the British Crown since 1815. The myths and legends surrounding Gurkhas and their martial deeds abound and are all justified. They wield the iconic kukri, the Gurkhas’ unique weapon, with deadly effect. But much more than this they are true, loyal, respectful and utterly dependable soldiers, and bright, friendly and amusing people – if they are on your side. If you aspire to be a British Officer in a Gurkha regiment you have set your personal sights very high, even before you have received the Queen’s Commission. It is a rare privilege to be a Gurkha.
Chris Darnell was a Colonel in the British Army when he resigned in 1999. He was commissioned from Sandhurst in 1971 into the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Goorkhas (The Sirmoor Rifles) and served as a Gurkha until 1979, when he transferred to The King’s Own Scottish Borderers. So You Want To Be A Gurkha is a personal story about how he came to be a British Officer in the Gurkhas and about his service with these warrior men from Nepal. He looks at Gurkhas with a fresh and amusing eye, telling of their brilliance and their foibles, weaving into the tale some of the historical episodes of military significance for Gurkhas, but writing always with heartfelt respect and undying regard for these wonderful people.
Chris Darnell is the author of The Return, the first in a planned trilogy of thrillers featuring Paul Stanton, SAS. Later in 2012, he will publish a short story about Stanton and his Gurkhas, also through Endeavour Press.