- 24 Feb 24 14:00 - 24 Feb 24 15:00
Service in memory of Officers and Men
of the 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th and 2/10th Gurkha Rifles
who fell at Gallipoli
St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington
February 24th, 2024, 2pm
Assemble 13.45 by War Memorial
108 years later, at the same time, almost to the day and in the same Church as the original service in 1916
Invite to Gallipoli Association Members
GA members with an interest in the Gurkhas at Gallipoli are hereby invited to the Gurkha Gallipoli remembrance service in London.
Please email GA member Robert Llewellyn-Smith (whose great-uncles were the Lloyd brothers mentioned below) with confirmation of attendance by 1st February 2024:
Background to the service
Descendants of the Lloyds of Waunifor, Ceredigion, Wales, recently discovered a number of Lloyd family papers that revealed the contribution made by two brothers, Captain Gwion Lloyd (5th Dorsets) and Lieutenant Duncan Lloyd (1/5th Gurkha Rifles, Frontier Force) at Gallipoli.
Duncan Lloyd held a temporary command of 1/6th Gurkha Rifles following the assault on Sari Bair during which all their British officers had been killed or wounded. Tragically he died shortly afterwards, falling to a sniper, a week after his brother Gwion was killed at Suvla Bay.
Amongst the family papers was a record of a service at St Mary Abbot’s Church, Kensington held in memory of Officers of the 5th & 6th Gurkha Rifles who fell at Gallipoli. The two Regiments were particularly close, sharing a friendly rivalry and depot at Abbottabad on the North-West Frontier, India (now Pakistan). The loss of a combined total from both Regiments of thirteen regular officers and nine attached officers must have been a huge blow.
We know from the Lloyd papers that Mrs Bruce, the wife of legendary Brigadier-General Charles Bruce a 5th Gurkha and later Commanding Officer of the 6th Gurkhas at Gallipoli, organised the service in 1916.
The service in February will remember and incorporate elements of the original service in 1916; and will remember this time the Officers and Men of the four Regiments of Gurkhas who served at Gallipoli - the 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th and 2/10th Gurkha Rifles.
The service will include a Gurkha piper (piped entry, lament and recessional music), hymns, a soloist, readings, and wreath laying. It is expected to last about 45 minutes.
Image: Soldiers of a Gurkha battalion of 29th (Indian) Brigade moving through Gully Ravine on 8 June 1915. (IWM HU 105665)