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BMH Nepal

Information and history of BMH Nepal with information about the book The Scalpel and the Khukri by Major Peter Pitt

BMH Nepal in Dharan was opened in 1960 to care for the Ghurkhas and their families (cited in the book Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (Famous Regts. S) by Juliet Piggott).

At the time of opening the Matron of BMH Nepal was Major Ballesty.

The book Sub Cruce Candida: A Celebration of One Hundred Years of Army Nursing has photos of the staff at BMH Dharan which includes the children's ward. There is also a photograph of the QARANC and RAMC team that was sent from BMH Hong Kong to Nepal in August 1988 as part of Operation Nightingale to provide disaster relief after an earthquake.

The Scalpel and the Khukri

The Scalpel and the Kukri: A Surgeon and His Family's Adventures Among the GurkhasThe Scalpel and the Khukri is written by Major Peter Pitt who was an army surgeon at British Military Hospital Nepal from 1966 to 1968. In The Scalpel and the Kukri: A Surgeon and His Family's Adventures Among the Gurkhas Peter Pitt writes about his experiences at the BMH in Dharan in East Nepal where he treated Gurkha soldiers, the Nepalese people and British military personnel and their families. He encountered diseases and conditions such as rabies, cholera, snake bites, tiger attacks and tuberculosis, Buy Now!

Peter Pitt also wrote the book Surgeon in Nepal which was published in 1980. It is still available from private sellers at Amazon. More Information.

Ghurkha Paintings

Some fine paintings of BMH Dharan were displayed in the Officers' Mess of The Duchess of Kent Military Hospital at Catterick Camp. When the Officers Mess closed when the DKMH closed in 1999 the paintings were given to the QARANC Museum.

Ghurkha Pensioner

To the left is a pastel painting of a Ghurkha pensioner on his way home after treatment at the hospital. It was painted by Mr John Carr and displayed on with kind permission.

I have published a book which tells the story of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital which reveals her origins in the QAIMNS and where she meets a QA veteran of Afghanistan. She still walks her wards and tells her story by taking Scott Grey, a QARANC nurse, to the battlefields of World War One and beyond. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by CG Buswell. Read the first chapter for free.

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 would love to expand this page with more details about this former army hospital and include a photograph. If you are a former or serving member of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps we would love your help.

If you would like to contribute any info, photographs or share your memories of BMH Nepal then please contact me.

A Historian is currently researching smallpox in Nepal and is keen to hear from anyone who was in the Dharan area in the 1960s and has recollections and experiences of smallpox. If you can help please contact me.

Forces War Records

Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
Search Now. A unique feature is their WW1 Soldiers Medical Records section.

If you would like to contribute to this page, suggest changes or inclusions to this website or would like to send me a photograph then please e-mail me.

Official QARANC webpage.

QA Association website.

In The Company of Nurses Book.


The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital Novel - a Book by CG Buswell

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