On Sunday 10 November 2013, a Remembrance Service was held at the British Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal and was attended by British Embassy personnel, dignitaries, British Gurkha’s Nepal (BGN) serving personnel, UKBCs and their spouses. It was followed by another Remembrance service at British Gurkha’s Kathmandu (BGK) on Monday 11 November 2013; COS BGN Lt Col E A Davis, represented the British Army and GM BGN Maj Manoj Mohara represented the Brigade of Gurkha’s during the parade; the parade was commanded by OC BGK Maj D Hendry and was attended by BGN serving personnel/spouses, LECs, Regimental Association Nepal (RAN) members and invited guests.
Every year SSAFA Nepal, BGN, AWCs distributes dry rations to selected orphanages in Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Dharan, Itahari, Pokhara, Khandbari and Damak prior to the Dashain Festival. The funding for the Dry Rations is provided by KAAA (Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Association) every year and this year a grant of NCR 344,960.00 was allocated.
This year’s dry food rations for Kathmandu and Lalitpur was distributed by SSAFA Nepal, GM BGN Maj Manoj Mohara and Bde & Unit Welfare Officer Maj (Ret’d) Krishnabahadur Gurung.
Gurkha soldiers and officers have joined members of the Hindu faith in Birmingham for a celebration of Diwali especially for the Armed Forces.
Those present paid tribute to the work of the military and other faiths were there too.
Queens Gurkha Signals teamed up with Aston Villa Football Club during community engagement event at the Villa Park on 9 November 2013. The main aim of this event was to support Aston Villa Football Club in poppy day fund raising and Military Awareness Day. Queens Gurkha Signals supported the event which was a huge success with pipers and manpower.
At Buckingham Palace. on 12 November 2013, at His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge’s second investiture, Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkha’s, General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC Gen, was presented with the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.
The President of the GBA, Lt Gen Sir David Bill KCB led the Gurkha Brigade and Gurkha Regimental and Corps Associations in laying out the Gurkha Brigade Plot (Plot 77) at the Field or Remembrance Ceremony outside Westminster Abbey. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh followed by Prince Harry, both stopped in front of the GBA Plot where they were greeted by Lt Gen Sir David Bill flanked by the two QGOOs, Capt Kumar Gurung and Capt Sureshkumar Thapa, to review the GBA plot. After the Field of Remembrance Ceremony, the GBA contingent moved to Field Marshal Viscount Slim’s statue on Whitehall where his son Viscount Slim and Chairman GBA, Brigadier John Anderson laid the GBA and 6GR wreaths respectively. After that they moved to the Gurkha Statue located on Horse Guards Parade where, after a short Prayer to the Gurkha, the Brigade and Regimental and Corps Association wreaths were laid to commemorate all to those who served with the Gurkha Brigade and Brigade of Gurkhas, who laid down their lives in the service of the Crown. Following the laying of the wreaths a lone piper from 2RGR played a lament that concluded our short but moving ceremony.