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 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 – no taxpayers funding was sought or received for the statue.