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Top Student on the Logistic Specialist Supply Course

lss2Congratulations to Private Jiban Shahi of 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment for securing ‘Top Student’ on the Logistic Specialist Supply Course Class 2 Course.

 

The Class 2 LSS course aim is to develop existing Logistic Specialist (Supply) technical knowledge and to provide an introduction to 1st Line Optimisation (1LO) & accounting procedures in direct support to Manoeuvre Battlegroups and Infantry Battalions.

In his peer group from across and the Royal Logistic Corps, the students were tested in all aspects of their trade work. This is to prepare them for leading teams both in UK and on operations.

Throughout all of the summative assessments, Private Shahi achieved excellent results, which is testament to his character and exceptional work ethic. As a result, he was awarded the Top Student accolade – an exceptional achievement against tough competition and one that will propel him forward in his career.

img_3885The Gurkha Recruit Intake 2018 Introductory Exercise One was conducted over the period 08-09 Mar 18 in Catterick Training Area (CTA) within the North Yorkshire District.  All 270 Gurkha trainees were deployed in the field under command of their respective Platoon Commanders.  It was a the very first field exercise for these young trainees.

Find out more on our blog page. 

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The Colonel Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE), Major General Richard Wardlaw OBE, carried out his official duty trek in Nepal from 18th-24th February 2018 accompanied by Gurkha Major Queen’s Gurkha Engineers, Major Buddhi Bahadur Bhandari MVO.

During their visit, and prior to the trek, they took the opportunity to visit both British Gurkhas Kathmandu & Pokhara as well as the Kadoorie Offices and Headquarters Gurkha Welfare Trust (Nepal) in Pokhara before travelling to Gorkha and the Area Welfare Centre there.

They then trekked in the Barpak region, meeting a number of welfare pensioners en route.

During the visit they were hosted in Pokhara by QGE A Team. The ex-QGE community residing in Nepal are known as “A Team”. They are an influential and close knit veterans group who are not only strongly connected with each other but also the wider society and have just marked their 85th gathering since being established.

They were also able to attend the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers Regimental Association Nepal meeting in Kathmandu where General Wardlaw was delighted to be able to present a Perowne Trust Scholarship on behalf of the QGE Regimental Trust.

The Perowne Trust is a charity set up by the QGE Regimental Trust to advance the education of young persons (in particular children of serving or retired Gurkhas from the Brigade of Gurkhas) by the provision of 18 -20 annual grants or scholarships for engineering and allied studies, to students who are attending higher education at a suitable institution in Nepal.

mem_gates18_106On 12th March 2018 members of the Brigade of Gurkhas gathered with International Commonwealth dignitaries, representatives of International organisations, Embassies, High Commissions and Service representatives for the Commonwealth Commemoration event at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, London.

mem_gates18_027The history behind the Memorial.

On the 6th November 2002 Her Majesty The Queen officially inaugurated the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, in London. These Gates have been erected as a lasting memorial to honour the five million men and women from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with the Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars. They also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make to the rich diversity of British society.

Since Her Majesty opened the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in 2002, there has been a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Gates to commemorate the actions of all those from the Empire who sought for the British in the two World Wars.

Today the event was opened by Inderjeet Singh Nijhar Chairman of the Memorial Gates Council. This was followed by guest speakers:

  • The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary – General of the Commonwealth
  • HE Ambassador Mr Seth George Ramocan – High Commissioner of Jamaica
  • Address by: The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin Bphil ED

mem_gates18_104Also present were the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and a piper from the Royal Gurkha Rifles. Last post and a lament were performed as a mark of respect and remembrance.

You can read more about the Memorial Gates on a dedicated website Memorial Gates London

qoglr-ski-110 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) Alpine Skiing Team have completed an outstanding season, competing at the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Ski Championships in Ruhpolding, Germany.

This has been a phenomenal season for the team; the first complete season for the QOGLR and the first for this team of six soldiers from across the Regiment. Under the exemplary leadership of Sergeant Dinesh Thapa (1 Sqn), the team have progressed through exercises and competitions in Norway, France, Austria and finishing in Germany.

Their development has been from elementary training for basic skills through to Divisional and Corps wide competitions totalling approximately eight weeks of intensive skiing.

qoglr-ski-3Two members of the team were complete novices at the beginning of the season, which began in November 2017. This has been a journey that has seen the whole team develop an incredible amount of skills through hard work, dedication and courage on the slopes.

Their progression has been extraordinary and has won them huge respect from across the wider RLC for both their skiing prowess and sportsmanship.

qoglr-ski-2The highlight of the season has seen the team finish an incredibly impressive 3rd place from the 27 Units and teams of the RLC. From their haul of no less than 10 medals, Private Nagen Rai (28 Squadron) was awarded Gold for the Overall Individual Combination in the RLC. At competition level, Private Nagen also won Gold in the Novice Slalom whilst Private Bikash Lingthep (28 Squadron) finished second, earning a Silver Medal.

An exceptional result from 144 x skiers taking part. In arguably the hardest discipline, the Super G, Corporal Minkumar Gurung (1 Squadron) won the Silver Medal, just 1 second off the top place and behind an Army level competitor who had been on the slopes constantly since Sep 17. Corporal Arjun Pun (28 Squadron) and Private Mukesh Rai (1 Squadron) completed the team and were vital in developing the novice members of the squad.

holi_itc18_006Gurkha Company Infantry Training Centre Catterick observed the Hindu festival of Holi (Festival of Colour) on Thursday 1st March 2018.  

All 270 new trainees from Recruit Intake 18 and Permanent Staff including the Commanding Officer 2 Infantry Training Battalion and his family attended the celebration. 

Find out more on our blog page that is following the trainees progress. 

gwm-holi-celebration-2018_004Gurkha personnel including families from Infantry Battle School assembled at their Temple for a short Puja on 1st March 2018.

Captain Sachinhang Limbu (Officer Commanding /Second in Command Training Support Division) being the senior Gurkha Officer led the puja and offered his blessing to all personnel by offering a Tika on their foreheads.

 The festival has great significance in Nepalese culture and the Brigade of Gurkhas which helps to generate harmony among the serving members as they smear each other with colours and water-filled balloons.  

Gurkhas consider this as a festive day to end and rid oneself of past errors, forgiveness and new starts. The festival undoubtedly plays a vital role in the conservation of our values, unique cultural heritage and identity.

 

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