INDENTThe Grand Priory in the British Realm reports:
"The Life Saving Medal .... was awarded to Havildar Nar Sing Gurung for heroism displayed during the Dharmsala earthquake which occurred on 14th April 1905. It was one of twenty-two medals awarded to Officers, NCOs and men of the Gurkha Rifles in connection with their heroism during the earthquake."
"In front of the president of the Officers' Mess stood a silver statuette of a Gurkha - Naik Chandsing Thapa, of ours. It was in l905 that he was a Naik and in that same year ... the lst Gurkhas had given us this statuette of him. An earthquake had destroyed their home station of Dharmsala, and a party of ours, Chandsing among them, went to the rescue. Dharmsala is 35 miles from Bakloh by precipitous mountain paths. Every man of our rescue party had been given a pick and shovel or crowbar, and told to find his own way to Dharmsala as fast as he could. They all arrived before nightfall that same evening" (John Masters, "Bugles and a Tiger" - refers)