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Royal Gurkha Rifles and Chindits 75th Reunion

The Last few serviving Chindits attended a Memorial Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-On-Trent with members from the Modern day 77 Brigade in attendance

On the 9th June 2018 Corporal Tikaraj (Piper) and Lance Corporal(Bugler) of 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) visited the National Arboretum to support the annual Chindit Reunion.  2018 marked the 75th Anniversary of the first Chindit operation, Operation LONGCLOTH, carried out by the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade in 1943, under the command of Brig Orde Wingate DSO. 

The Third Battalion, Second Gurkha Rifles, an antecedent Regiment of RGR, were part of 77th Brigade throughout LONGCLOTH.
The Last few serviving Chindits attended a Memorial Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-On-Trent with members from the Modern day 77 Brigade in attendance

 

More than 100 Chindit veterans were present and were delighted to see Gurkhas there, having served alongside them in Burma and grown to admire them – indeed, Ian Niven, Lancashire Fusiliers, 77th Brigade, felt 3/6 Gurkha Rifles saved his life at Pin Hmi Bridge as 77th Brigade fought its way into Mogaung in June 1944 .  

Both Corporal Tikaraj and Lance Corporal Milan were lauded for their excellent  playing throughout the day, and in particular at the Chindit Memorial before the Act of Remembrance.
The Last few serviving Chindits attended a Memorial Service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Burton-On-Trent with members from the Modern day 77 Brigade in attendance

 

Photographer: Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer, Infantry Battle School NOTE TO DESKS: MoD release authorised handout images. All images remain crown copyright. Photo credit to read - Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer

Gurkha Wing (Mandalay) (GWM) celebrated the 33rd Brecon Freedom Parade on Sunday 24th June 2018.

The Mayor of Brecon, Councillor Manny Trailor, The Ambassador of Nepal to the UK, His Excellency Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi, Commanding Officer (CO) Infantry Battle School (IBS) Lieutenant Colonel Chandler, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS), Headquarter Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG) Major Narendra Kumar Gurung along with many other high-ranking Officials, both military and civilian, were among the chief guests present at the parade to witness yet another historic event.

Photographer: Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer, Infantry Battle School NOTE TO DESKS:  MoD release authorised handout images.  All images remain crown copyright.  Photo credit to read - Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer

Photographer: Mr Ian Griffiths, Army Photographer, Infantry Battle School

The parade saw the soldiers from GWM accompanied by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas, exercising their rights as Honorary Citizens of Brecon as they marched through the town.

Major Sachinhang Limbu, Officer Commanding Training Support Division had the honour of being the Parade Commander.

The Mayor of Brecon and The Ambassador of Nepal to the UK gave a warm speeches talking about the long relationship between the UK and Nepal. They also inspected the parade along with CO IBS and DCOS HQBG.

7d6f6206-809b-4c3a-a8b7-c874fbc6718bIt was on 21st November 1985, in recognition of the service to the community, the Town Council of Brecon awarded the Honorary Citizenship of Brecon to the Gurkha Demonstration Company.

Thereafter, the first parade, known as the Brecon Freedom Parade, was held on 3rd May 1986, and the tradition has continued ever since.

Hundreds of people witnessed the parade and enjoyed watching the smart and fast Gurkha drill, a wonderful display by the Band of Brigade of Gurkhas and traditional Nepalese cultural dances in the main high street in Brecon Town.

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The 13th Armed Forces Buddhist Conference has taken place in Hampshire.

The conference provides a chance for Buddhists whether they are serving, veterans or working in the wider defence community to come together for three days.

Buddhism is one of the smaller religions represented in the UK Armed Forces, with only 4,000.

Speaking to Forces News, Dr Sunil Kariyakarawana, the Buddhist Chaplain to the military, said: “This provides an opportunity at a focal point to meet with other Buddhists and like-minded people and to also touch base with their own practice.”

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The conference started with meditation before focusing on breathing and movement exercises like Qi Gong, which is similar to Tai Chi.

Across The MOD the Brigade of Gurkhas has the largest number of serving Hindu and Buddhist faith followers and their welfare and pastoral care is provided by respective Religious Leaders. 

Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas aspires to provide a place of worship in locations where members of Brigade serve in mass.  It has been encouraging to know that the Armed Forces Faith communities across the MOD wish to assist the Brigade to meet the obligations to practice faith and meet the Gurkhas’ cultural distinctiveness. 

It was encouraging to hear that other Military units are providing opportunities to their soldiers, officers and the Religious Leaders to have an input into future development of this area at the Annual Hindu and Buddhist Faith Conference held at Amport House.

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

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

  • British Defence Secretary visits Gurkhas in Brunei 
  • Recruit Intake 18 Pass off the Square
  • GSPS 7th Formation Anniversary
  • Lieutenant General Nick Pope CBE visits Nepal
  • Regional Jungle Warfare Symposium 2018

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

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On the 29th July the Nepal Cricket team with take on the Netherlands at the T20 Triangular Cricket Tournament.

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Tickets are available on the Lords Cricket website

bisley-shooting-2018_020The Brigade of Gurkhas again excelled at the Army Operational Shooting Competition (AOSC) known as the Bisley Shooting Competition. This is the biggest shooting competition in the British Army, held annually at the Bisley Camp in Pirbright, Surrey.

Shooting teams take part not only from across the British Army but also a number of International Military Teams participate. This year’s AOSC was held on Thursday 21st June 2018 and Brigade of Gurkhas performed extremely well in the competition, winning almost all prizes. 

The best shot prize is the Queen’s Medal which was won by Corporal Bishal Rai from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles who was carried on a chair in the traditional manner by senior officers including Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.

The top 100 shooters also received an Army 100 Badge. 72 shooters out of 100 were Gurkhas – a significant number.

The prizes were presented by Lieutenant General N A W Pope CBE Deputy Chief of the General Staff (DCGS) and Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas.

Full list of the winners to follow shortly.

 

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