Date of release: Monday, March 30, 2015

Renowned as the "bravest of the brave", the Gurkhas are famed for their loyalty and service to Britain, but how did this reputation emerge? This and other questions will be addressed in a free talk by a University of Greenwich academic this week.

Dr Gavin Rand, Senior Lecturer in History at the university, presents Making the Gurkhas at the Army & Navy Club in central London, on Thursday 2 April at 12.30pm.In this lecture, Gavin will look at the Gurkhas' history, replete with tales of courage and martial prowess, and discuss how this reputation emerged. He will also be asking why Nepalese men have served under British flags for so long, and with such distinction.

Gavin offers an alternative history of Gurkha recruiting. Examining the role of recruiting officers - European and Nepalese - in the making of a reputation, he argues that the familiar image of the Gurkha was created as much by the bureaucrat's pen as by the famous soldiers' knife, the kukri. As well as teaching within the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, Gavin is writing a cultural history of the Indian Army in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tickets for this free lecture must be booked in advance by calling 020 7730 0717.

The dress code for the Army & Navy Club is smart casual. The Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JN.For more on studying history in the University of Greenwich's Faculty of Architecture & Humanities:

Picture: Balbhadra Kunwar, Nepali commander of the Anglo-Nepalese War

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