The Memorial

The Gurkha Statue and memorial was erected in the Garden of Remembrance (by Christchurch Tower) in Sandgate Road, Folkestone in October 2015, and unveiled by Joanna Lumley OBE, a long term supporter of Gurkha campaigns.

The statue, by sculptor Rebecca Hawkins, was unveiled on 4th October as one of the final acts of public commemoration of 200 years of Gurkha service to the UK.

The finished sculpture features a modern life-size Gurkha in modern combat kit (the type worn by current operational soldiers deployed in Afghanistan) carrying an SA80, carrying a backpack with the Union Jack flying from the back. All relevant cap badges are visible and he has a Kukri knife attached to his webbing. He stands on his plinth facing East towards Nepal, set in the Garden of Remembrance flanked by flag posts and with a background of mature trees.

The statue was paid for entirely through over £60,000 or donations and fundraising from the public in Folkestone and across the country Рno taxpayers funding was sought or received for the statue.