The D-Day veteran, who died aged 95 in 2019, left the Gurkha Welfare Trust a share of his £486,259 estate, it emerged yesterday. The ex-Armed Forces head served with the Gurkhas in Borneo and Hong Kong and was a colonel with the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles from 1976-1986.
Writing in 2016, Lord Bramall said: “In common with anyone who has ever served with the Gurkhas, I think they are marvellous, the very best and most loyal of fighting men.”
A grant of probate document shows the Gurkha Welfare Trust will share about £20,000 with other charities. Lord Bramall left most of his estate to his children Nicholas and Sara and his grandchildren.
Adam Bentham of the Trust said: “Lord Bramall was our vice-patron and a great supporter of our work. We are incredibly grateful to be named in his will.”
Lord Bramall suffered anguish in his later years, which were tarnished by bogus child sex claims. In 2015 police raided his cottage during the Operation Midland “VIP paedophile ring” investigation.
The peer, who “categorically” denied any involvement, was vindicated when the £2million police investigation collapsed in March 2016.
But his wife Dorothy died before learning her husband would not be charged.
The Metropolitan Police later paid Lord Bramall and the family of the late Conservative peer Lord Brittan about £100,000 in compensation.