July 2013


31st July 2013 // 0 Comments

GBA Membership is open to all former and serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas.  There is no membership application form and there is no membership fee to be a member of the GBA.  All those who served in any capacity with the Brigade of Gurkhas are encouraged to establish a link with their Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts with the GBA website.  This will allow you to receive regular updates as they are posted on the GBA website. 

Trailwalker 2013 – Gurkha Bhuro Success

30th July 2013 // 0 Comments

Dear Fellow Members of the Brigade of Gurkhas, We did it – your team, the Gurkha Bhuros, completed Trailwalker in excellent time, finishing at 0931 hrs on Sunday 28 July 2013.  We are rather battered, weary and sore, but we are also very proud of what we have achieved, for it is an extremely hard 100kms over very difficult ground.  We were helped by a brilliant Support Team drawn from GWC, and by a great young soldier, LCpl Lilaram Rai QGE, a last minute replacement, who was a tremendous credit to his Regiment and our Brigade. Our thanks to those of you who have helped us (or rather, GWT) with donations and with messages of support.  And there is still time to send in donations – see […]

Update on Trailwalker 2013 Gurkha Bhuros’ Team (27 – 28 July 2013)

23rd July 2013 // 0 Comments

Our Gurkha Bhuros’ team have suffered a set-back – one of the team has had to withdraw, after several months hard training, with injuries.  Thankfully QGE have been able to find the ideal replacement!    The team are due to take on the Trailwalker challenge – for GWT, our charity – in less than 3 days.   Thanks to the generosity of many of you, the Gurkha Bhuros have now raised over £2000, but they need your continued support to reach their fundraising target.     For an update, see www.justgiving.com/gurkhabhuros13 .     And please circulate this to at least five of your friends!

Col Comdt Bde of Gurkhas visits HQBG

16th July 2013 // 0 Comments

On 12th July 2013, Gen Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC Gen, CGS/Col Comdt Bde of Gurkhas paid an official visit to HQBG. After a short discussion with Col James Robinson, Col BG he presented a short brief to all the staff of HQBG and had lunch with all those in attendance.     


15th July 2013 // 0 Comments

MATCH 1 – INTER UNIT OPERATIONAL SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP A total of 48 units across the British Army took part in the “Match 1” competition, out of which all Gurkha units finished within top 10 and the results are: Units – Position 1RGR – 12RGR – 210 QOGLR – 436 Engrs Regt – 530 Sigs Regt – 8 MATCH 10 – INTER CORPs MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP (METHEUN CUP) RGR won the METHEUN CUP 2013 MATCH 40 – COMBAT RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP (QUEENS MEDAL) 247 best firers across the Armed Forces took part the competition. Cpl Som Bahadur Chantyal has won the Queen’s Medal this year. All 45 firers from the Brigade of Gurkhas are now in the Army 100.  The Brigade of Gurkhas represents about 3% of the total […]


11th July 2013 // 0 Comments

BACKGROUND TO EQUITABLE LIFE PAYMENT SCHEME (ELPS)  In March 1992, a Saving Scheme for serving Gurkhas was set up for members to invest into the fund with the view to receive a cash investment on capital growth at the time of retirement. The scheme was managed by the Equitable Life Assurance Society. Over the last 21 years, the vast bulk of members have cashed in their schemes, however there are a number of serving and retired Gurkha servicemen who are eligible for further claims. During September 2010, the government debated in the House of Commons, that various savings and insurance schemes through the Equitable Life Assurance during the 1990s, suffered financial losses as a result of maladministration that was found to have occurred in the […]

Gurkha Officers To Ride Across America in the Aid of GWT

4th July 2013 // 0 Comments

Between 15 July and 28 August RGR officers Jonathan Armstrong and Michael Reardon will cycle, unsupported, 3000 miles across the USA between New York and San Deigo.  The aim of the cycle ride is to raise £5,000 for the Gurkha Welfare Trust whilst also raising the profile of the Brigade of Gurkhas. The route will take the pair through the 12 states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona and California and they aim to complete the cycle in approximately 40 days.  In order to achieve this ambitious target they will have to maintain an average distance of 80 miles per day. To date £3,355 has been donated via a just giving website, that can be found at […]