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A lifetime in Asia
by JP Cross

Producer | Catriona Oliphant
Music | Buddhiman Gurung

1 CD | Running time 75 mins
ISBN 978-0-9560740-9-6

£12 plus p&p* | Includes £1 donation per CD to Kulbir Thapa VC Home, Pokhara

A Gurkha Remembers is the result of a very special collaboration.  My thanks to John Cross for entrusting me with his story and enjoying the adventure.  It has been enormous fun as well as a great privilege.  Especial thanks also to John’s surrogate family, Buddhiman Gurung, Bhim Kumari and their children for their contributions to this recording and for their generous hospitality when I was in Pokhara.

A remarkable story…

Lt Colonel John Cross OBE has spent a lifetime in Asia – in and out of the army.

Educated at Shrewsbury, ‘JPX’ – as he is affectionately known – joined the British army in 1943, aged 17.  By 1944, he was at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, going on to serve with 1/1 Gurkha Rifles in Burma.

In 1982, after 39 years’ service – nearly all with the Gurkhas – JPX retired to Nepal.  for many years now, he has lived in Pokhara with his adopted son,Buddhiman Gurung, and family.  In 2014, he was granted Nepali citizenship.

This is his story.20160325-cjo-218-exported-2


  1. Foreword
  2. Joining up
  3. Off to India
  4. Burmese interlude
  5. Black flags of surrender
  6. The last days of Empire
  7. Jungle life
  8. Travels with the Border Scouts
  9. Teaching jungle warfare
  10. Turning diplomat in Laos
  11. Recruiting Gurkhas
  12. In the steps of Professor Turner
  13. Family life
  14. Last word


Recorded at Namaste Pokhara Broadcasting Studio, Pokhara | Mixed & mastered at Motivation Sound Studios, London

With thanks to my father, Jumbo Oliphant, ex 1/7 Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles, whose enthusiasm for the project was where this all began.  He would have been delighted to know that John and I had completed our journey.

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One comment

  1. Hallo Catriona,
    How nice to hear of you honouring my life-long friend Jumbo and those wonderful Ghurka soldiers. Well done!

    Comment by Nicholas Naughton on 17 August 2018 at 11:18 pm

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