The British Government announced in January 2015 that it would set up a fund to compensate, by means of a one-off goodwill payment, those small numbers of individuals who were directly affected by the practice of discouraging marriage to non-Nepali women by Gurkhas.
The Government believes that this practice did and does not match the values of the Armed Forces but does not consider that this policy was unlawful in the circumstances in which it operated.
Mixed Marriage Criteria
Retired Gurkha personnel affected are those who were not permitted to re-engage at the four or eight year points, or to re-enlist at the 12 year point on the grounds that they had married a non-Nepali (or closely related) national.
Potential claimants can register their interest by sending a copy of the attached form by any of the following methods:
Writing to the Army Secretariat, IDL 24, Army Headquarters, Blenheim Building, Marlborough Lines, ANDOVER, Hampshire, SP11 8HJ.
Sending an e-mail to ArmySec-Group@mod.uk
Writing to the Deputy Chief of Staff, British Gurkhas Nepal, Man Bhawan, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Kathmandu – either direct or through the local Area Welfare Centre.
The process of how to submit a claim, and giving details of the supporting documentation that will be required to establish identity and entitlement, will be published shortly.