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Farewell to Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas Colonel J G Robinson CBE and Mrs Alison Robinson by Senior Gurkha Officers

Gurkha Majors, Officer Commanding, Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers and Regimental Sergeant Majors from across the Brigade units came together on Saturday 3rd August 2019 in the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment Officers Mess to show their appreciation for  Colonel James Robinson CBE (Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas) commitment, direction, dedication and drive in leading the Brigade of Gurkhas for the past seven years.

At the dinner, the Deputy Chief of Staff Major Narendra K Gurung valiantly attempted to capture the many achievements of a man of true giant stature and the generational relationship he has to the Brigade of Gurkhas, which was followed by a special ‘khada’ ceremony wishing the family best of health and prosperity in their future endeavours.

Brigade of Gurkhas will surely miss his fatherly guidance.

Since the inauguration of the Brigade of Gurkhas Cricket Club (BGCC) in 2018 by our presiding Secretary, Major Buddhibahadur Bhandari MVO, BGCC has been fortunate enough to carry the Brigade Of Gurkhas reputation widely playing against a few big names including; Lord Traveners last year and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) this year. Currently, there are 32 BGCC players formed across the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

This year BGCC had a cracking start with a very successful week of training sessions during our AGM playing and practicing against few local Cricket club in the Army Cricket Pitch, Aldershot. We are progressing and few resolutions have already been identified by our Secretary for the next year to bring more fixtures.

On the 16th July 2019 The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) formally presented The Queen’s Truncheon to Her Majesty The Queen in a private ceremony inside Buckingham Palace in the 1844 room. 

A silver ring with an inscription about the event has been added to the The Queen’s Truncheon on the staff and Her Majesty was keen to see this. Major General G M Strickland DSO MBE, talked about the Truncheon and answered her questions. Her Majesty stated it was a pleasure and nice to see The Queen’s Truncheon again which resides in the safe custody of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. 

Present at the event were:

  • Colonel RGR – Major General G M Strickland DSO MBE
  • Deputy Colonel RGR – Colonel J G Robinson CBE
  • Commanding Officer 1 RGR – Lieutenant Colonel C P L Conroy
  • Commanding Officer 2 RGR – Lieutenant Colonel D T Pack MBE
  • Gurkha Major 1 RGR – Major Lalit Gurung MVO
  • Gurkha Major 2 RGR – Major Raj Kumar Rai
  • Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officer RGR – Captain Kiran Pun
  • Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officer Corps – Captain Kamal Khapung Limbu
  • Truncheon Jemadar – Captain Bahadur Budha Magar
  • Colour Sergeant Sunil Gurung
  • Sergeant Poshraj Rai
  • Corporal Mohan Angdembe
  • Corporal Surya Jirel

At 1240hrs Her Majesty The Queen entered the Marble Hall and was escorted to the Carnarvon Room by the Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers, where the Equerry presented Colonel RGR and Deputy Colonel RGR.

Her Majesty then entered the 1844 room where The Queen’s Truncheon party, Commanding Officers and Gurkha Majors were gathered to present The Queen’s Truncheon.  The Queen was given a brief history about The Truncheon and an opportunity to inspect it and ask further questions, escorted by Colonel RGR. 

The Queen was then introduced to the RGR Command Group, taking time to speak to all four Officers. She then spoke to the Deputy Colonel RGR who escorted her from the 1844 room back to the Carnarvon Room where in a private ceremony she presented the two Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officer with their Royal Victorian Order medals (MVO) in recognition of services to the Royal family during their tenure as Queen’s Gurkha Orderly Officers over the last 12 months. 

 

More images from the event can be seen here.

History of The Queen’s Truncheon

During the Indian Mutiny in 1857-8 the Sirmoor Battalion (which later became the 2nd KEO Goorkhas, and latterly The Royal Gurkha Rifles) remained loyal to the British Crown. The Battalion, together with the Guides and the 60th Rifles, held the key position on the outskirts of Delhi known as Hindu Rao’s House for over three months of constant attack. During this period the 2nd Goorkhas suffered 327 casualties (including 8 of their 9 British Officers) out of a total strength of 490.

Following the conclusion of the mutiny, the 2nd Goorkhas were designated as a Rifle Regiment as a mark of the bond that had been created with the 60th Rifles. This explains the dark green uniforms, the rapid marching pace, and the title of Rifleman given to Gurkha soldiers.

In addition, Queen Victoria directed that the Battalion be awarded a special truncheon to replace the Regimental Colours that could no longer be carried by a Rifle Regiment. The ornate Gurkha Truncheon (ceremonial staff), which is the Gurkha Rifles equivalent of a Regimental Colour (battle flag) was given to the Rifles by order of Queen Victoria in 1863 during a viewing of the truncheon in the Bow room at Buckingham Palace in London.

The Queen’s Truncheon is still in service today, proudly guarded by The Royal Gurkha Rifles. There is an inscribed band around the staff of the truncheon to commemorate each occasion that it has subsequently been presented to the Sovereign.

The Brigade of Gurkhas Bhela will take place on 13th July 2019. More information can be found on this link..

 

 

 

 

 

 Nepal Cup, Tug of War, Ladies Volleyball ( V/Ball) and Thelo

Time

Event

 

0940

Players line up for third place match of the Nepal Cup

 

0955

2 x Pipers from the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) escorts Nepal Cup third place match.

 

1000 – 1045

Nepal Cup third place – first half.

 

1030

Thelo Preliminary Round.  

 

1050

Ladies Volleyball semi-final Team escorts by Numati Panchai Baja.

 

1100

Ladies Volleyball semi-final matches start.

 

1100 – 1145

Nepal Cup third place – second half.

 

1200

Tug of War Semi final 1 and semi-final 2.

 

1230

Tug of War Final.

 

1250

Ladies Volleyball Finalist Team escorts by Naumati Panchai Baja.

 

1300

Ladies Volleyball Final.

 

1430

Thelo Final start.

 

1450

Brigade of Gurkhas Band escort Nepal Cup Final Teams.

 

1500 – 1545

Nepal Cup Final – first half.

 

1545 – 1600

Brigade of Gurkhas Band Display and followed by Recruit Intake 19 Gurkha Company Catterick Display.

 

1600 – 1645

Nepal Cup Final – second half.

 

1700 – 1725

Prize Presentation

Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas

1730 – 1800

Cultural Dance and Live Concert by Preety Ale Magar

 

 

Activities

  • Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) Weapons Display
  • Gurkha Welfare Trust
  • Gurkha Museum
  • Junkari Charity Group
  • RGR PRI Shop

Family Fun Fair

  • Twist Around Family Ride
  • Chair-o-Plane
  • Dodgem
    £5 for All ride – All Day Tickets from Control Tent 1.

General Stalls

  • Gurkha Mortgages
  • Peepal Mortgages
  • MUMs Mortgages
  • SSAFA
  • REFA

Food Stalls

  • Palace Resturant
  • QOGLR Food Stall
  • Gurkha Company Sittang Food Stall
  • Fish ‘n’ Chips, Burger and Hot Dogs
  • Ice Cream and Ice Slush Puppy
  • Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate
  • Gurkha Company Sittang and Gurkha Welfare Advice Centre Cold Drinks

Retail Stalls

  • UK Sweaters
  • Lumbini Clothing
  • Kala Jyoti

NB: Timings may be subject to change. Changes will be broadcast on the PA system.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales paid a visit to 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) who were hosting an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the formation of RGR. The Prince of Wales is also the RGR Colonel-in-Chief.

The event also included a medals parade for the members of the Battalion, Parachute Regiment and other attached personnel who support the Battlegroup including medics and administrative support, who returned from 6 months on Operation TORAL, Afghanistan in May 2019.  306 medals were awarded on the parade. 

RGR was formed on 1st July 1994 as a result of The Government’s announcement for change across in the Army 1991 and with the handing back of Hong Kong. This led to a reduction in the size of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

Upon arrival HRH The Prince of Wales was met by the Commanding Officer and his arrival marked with a bagpiper from the Regiment.  The National Anthems of the United Kingdom and the Nepal were then performed by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Also in attendance were:

  • The Nepali Ambassador – H. E. Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi
  • Lieutenant General Sir Peter Duffell KCB CBE MC
  • Lieutenant General Peter Pearson CB CBE MC
  • Major General J C Lawrence CBE
  • Major General G M Strickland DSO MBE
  • Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade
  • Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas – Colonel James Robinson CBE

Serving members and veterans of the Royal Gurkha Rifles and their families attended the event and Prince Charles was given the opportunity to meet serving Gurkhas, Officers, veterans, families and other guests. 

This was followed by a formal photograph and a cake cutting ceremony, where the Prince of Charles cut the cake with a very large Kukuri. 

The event also saw the opportunity for the Prince of Wales to present:

  • The Prince of Wales Khukuri Award
  • Tuker Award
  • Slim Award

After HRH The Prince of Wales left various sporting events took place, with a Curry buffet and entertainment programme to close a very successful and significant day in the history of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

Hundreds of photographs from the event can be found on this link. GOOGLE PHOTOS – RGR 25th Shorncliffe

Event photographer: Mr Mick Latter

Nepal Cup 2019 started at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 4th July 2019.

Nepal Cup 2019 scores update for 4th July 2019:

Group D

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (2) – Gurkha Company Catterick (0)

Group B

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (7) – Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (1)

Group C

Queen’s Gurkha Signals (3) – Gurkha wing Mandalay (1)

 

Nepal Cup 2019 scores update for 5th July 2019:

Group D

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (2) – Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (1)

Group A

Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (3) – Gurkha Company Sittang (0)

Group B

Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (4) – Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas (1)

 

Nepal Cup 2019 scores update for 8th July 2019:

Group C

Queen’s Gurkha Signals (7) – Gurkha Company Tavoleto (1)

Group B

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (3) – Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (0)

Group A

Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion (2) – Gurkha Company Sittang (1)

 

Nepal Cup 2019 scores update for 9th July 2019:

Group A

Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (3) – Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion (1)

Group C

Gurkha Wing Mandalay (2) – Gurkha Company Tavoleto (1)

Group D

Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (2) – Gurkha Company Catterick (1)

 

Nepal Cup 2019 Semi Final scores update for 11th July 2019:

1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (3) – 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (1)

Queen’s Gurkha Signals (4) – Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (1)

 

Nepal Cup 2019 Third Place Match scores update for 13th July 2019

Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (2) – 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (1)

Nepal Cup Final Match score update for 13th July 2019

Queen’s Gurkha Signals (1) – 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (0)

 

The Top scorer for Nepal Cup 2019 was awarded to Lance Corporal Prasant Tamang.

Click the image above to watch Queen’s Gurkha Signals Free Kick winning goal score by Lance Corporal Prasant Tamang against 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (1-0) in Nepal Cup 2019 Finals Match.

 

 

The Brigade of Gurkhas Annual Golf Championship was held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at Windlesham Golf Club played between Brigade of Gurkhas unit teams. This event marks the official start of the Brigade of Gurkhas Brigade Week 2019. The day also sadly marked the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas (Col BG) Colonel James Robinson CBE last participation in the BG Golf championship as he retires from the job very soon. Col BG leaves behind a great legacy which he initiated in 2015 and has since been contested annually by the best Gurkha golfers.

Overall Unit Champion:

  • Champion team of the Year 2019 – Gurkha Company Sittang
  • 1st Runners up – Queen’s Gurkha Signals
  • 2nd Runners up – 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

Individual Top 5 of the Brigade of Gurkhas:

  • 1st – Captain Mahendra Phagami (RGR) – Gurkha Company Sittang
  • 2nd – Sergeant Gajendra Gurung (QGE) – Gurkha Wing Mandalay
  • 3rd – Captain Dipakraj Ghale (RGR) – Gurkha Company Sittang
  • 4th – Captain Bhakta Sherchan (RGR)– Gurkha Company Catterick
  • 5th – Staff Sergeant Saroj Rai (QGS) – Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Novelty Prizes:

  • Nearest to the Pin – Staff Sergeant Saroj Rai – Queen’s Gurkha Signals
  • 2nd Approach – Sergeant Gajendra Gurung – Gurkha Wing Mandalay
  • Longest drive – Corporal Chandra Rai – 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

 

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is June/July’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Prime Minister of Nepal visits the Brigade of Gurkhas
  • Ladies Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Pass off the Square for Recruit Intake 19
  • 249 Gurkha Gurkha Signal Squadron Reformation
  • Survival Nepali Language Course

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

Support company from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles marked the Battle of Honour, Imphal day today on 21st June 2019 at Guardroom, Tuker lines, Brunei

The Battle of Imphal took place in the region around the city of Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur in northeast India from March 12th June 21, 1944 against the invading Japanese forces. Three battalions of 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles (10 GR) were involved in the heaviest fighting of the entire Burma Campaign during the Second World War.

The battle honour IMPHAL was awarded to 10 GR (2 Royal Gurkha Rifles antecedent Regiment) and was regarded as one of the hardest battle honours ever earned. The Regiment suffered 184 dead and 820 wounded.

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