Ex-Lord Mayor Backs Gurkhas; PROTEST: Veteran Politician Recalls Uncle's Pride and Gratitude for Brave Nepalese Soldiers

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), March 21, 2008 | Go to article overview

Ex-Lord Mayor Backs Gurkhas; PROTEST: Veteran Politician Recalls Uncle's Pride and Gratitude for Brave Nepalese Soldiers


Byline: By Sian Powell

A FORMER Coventry lord mayor is backing the Telegraph's call for equal rights for Gurkha soldiers - after some of them saved his uncle's life.

Dave Edwards's uncle, Albert William Edwards, served in Burma with the 7th Gurkha Rifles.

An old family story claims his life was saved by the Nepalese soldiers.

Mr Edwards has for some time been trying to get his MP, Labour armed forces minister Bob Ainsworth, involved in a campaign for equal rights.

The former Labour city councillor and lord mayor described as "disgraceful" the government's treatment of the Gurkhas, some of whom have been based for decades at Gamecock Barracks near Nuneaton.

Gurkhas staged a protest in London on Wednesday at being denied an equal pension or the right to remain in the UK. Those who retired before 1997 face deportation unless they can persuade the authorities to allow them to stay.

Mr Edwards's uncle - known to many as Sonny - died in June 2005, aged 91.

Captain Edwards, who was born in Kenilworth, served from 1935 to 1947. He was awarded the Burma Star and a military MBE. Representatives from the Gurkhas attended Capt Edwards's funeral at Canley Crematorium.

Mr Edwards said Sonny would have supported the move to give his comrades equal rights. …

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