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Raising money for charity with DST

The serving Gurkhas of the Defence School of Transport (DST) organised a Gurkha Charity Event and managed to raise £1277.

The main aim of the event was to give authentic Gurkha/Nepalese experience to wider non Gurkha DST staff and secondly, to raise fund for The Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) Charity Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT). The preparation started with selling tickets in advance, sponsorships, and rehearsals for the cultural show which would be delivered by the Gurkha trainees from Gurkha Company in Catterick –  despite the busy schedule of a Phase 2 training establishment.

Colonel Andrew Kennedy, the Commandant of the DST and memsahib Sally-Ann Kennedy were the chief guests and were invited for the opening of the event. The event started with Pipes and Drum display from 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) members, followed by a traditional ‘Khukuri Dance’ and cultural dance from Gurkha trainees which attracted all the participants’ attention and brought the crowd to their feet.

Everyone got chance to taste the special authentic Gurkha curry which was prepared by the QOGLR Chefs. To make it more interesting a raffle draw was also included with attractive prizes  including famous Gurkha knife ‘The Khukuri’. The first prize (Kothimara Khukuri) and third prize (working Khukuri) was sponsored by Captain Basanta Shahi and second prize (ceremonial Khukuri) was sponsored by Sergeant Gyan Singh. Local farm sponsored a whole Pig (fresh messing) for this event.

The event was full of entertainment and everyone was enjoyed the event to the fullest. The participants in the event was outnumbered than the tickets we sold. This charity event was organised in unique Gurkha Kaida (style) in support of two worthy charities – it was a huge success! Thank you to Commandant DST including all military and civilian staff for their support. Huge thanks go to all internal team; Gurkha/QOGLR members and families of DST, Pipes and Drum, chefs and phase 2 trainees; and external thank you goes to Commander QOGLR and Gurkha Major sahebs for their continuous support to us. 

 

 

 

Gurkha Intake 18 been had the chance to undertake some Adventurous Training. On this occasion it was rock climbing, mountaineering and caving which help soldiers to learn teamwork, physical courage and also to not be scared, at the same time it is a lot of fun. Take look at our Blog to find out more. 

 

The Queen’s Gurkha Engineers Intake Rising Cup is an annual seven-a-side football tournament held at Invicta Park Barracks, Maidstone.  Organised by Gurkha Intake 07 this event has run every year since 2012. 

The main objective is to provide an opportunity for players to show their footballing skills and to select potential players for the future Nepal Cup QGE teams. 

This year there were 15 teams taking part including one veteran team and one British Army (non Gurkha) team.

With an excellent performance, Gurkha Intake 09 lifted the trophy with Gurkha Intake 07 securing second position.  Money raised from the event was donated to the Pahar Trust which helps improve education and health services for remote communities in Nepal. 

At the Army Martial Arts Competition 2018 Sapper Bijaya Lama achieved overall runner-up in the Senior Advance Male Dan grade Sparring. 

He was also subsequently selected for the Combined Services Team and we wish him well in that competition and will track his progress and post updates on this website. 

Take a look at this slow motion video of him in action. 

Captain Bill Smyly has died aged 95, he was one of the last veterans of the two Chindit expeditions in the Burma campaign.

In early 1943, Smyly was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd King Edward’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles) (3/2 GR), part of 77th Indian Infantry Brigade, commanded by Brigadier Orde Wingate. Having been appointed Animal Transport Officer of No 5 column, he found himself in charge of the mules.

In February that year, in an operation code-named Longcloth, the Chindits, 3,000 in number, having assembled in India, began their march into Burma. Their objective was to cut the main railway line between Mandalay and Myitkyina, harass the Japanese in the Shwebo area and, if possible, cross the Irrawaddy and cut the railway between Mandalay and Lashio.

They were to be supplied by airdrops. Heavy weapons, equipment, rations and stores would be carried by the mules. Marching through the jungle in intense heat and torrential rain, they endured repeated bouts of malaria and dysentery. If they were badly injured, they were left at a village. This usually meant capture or death.

East of the Irrawaddy, hemmed in by rivers, Japanese Zero fighters were searching for them. Air supply became very difficult. A few days’ rations for the column were made to last for a month. The mules subsisted on bamboo leaves. Smyly’s horse starved and died.

Having achieved some of their objectives, the Chindits were divided into small units with orders to make their own way back to India. Smyly contracted beriberi, which affected his eyesight and his feet swelled up making it difficult to walk.

He became separated from his unit and had to struggle on alone. For many weeks he trekked hundreds of miles through the jungle, receiving food and shelter from local tribesmen. His family were told that he had died and when news came that he had reached Fort Hertz, a remote British military outpost in north-east Burma, the British in India sent him a consignment of bully beef as a welcoming gift.

William Jocelyn Smyly, the son of Irish missionary doctors, was born in Peking, on July 5 1922. He was educated at Wrekin College, Shropshire, and joined the Army straight from school.

In 1942 he was commissioned into the 2nd Goorkhas, Indian Army, and was posted to 3/2 GR. Early in 1944 he took part in Operation Thursday, the second Chindit expedition. He was flown into 16th Brigade at Mahnton, Burma, code-named Aberdeen, but subsequently served with 3/9 GR and 3/6 GR in 77th and 111th Brigades. He was mentioned in despatches.

In 1946, after a spell at Razmak, Waziristan, he was demobilised and returned to England. He went up to Clare College, Cambridge, to read History and English and embarked on a career in journalism with the Derby Evening Telegraph, the 
Daily Mail and then in Hong Kong for the South China Morning Post.

He subsequently became a housemaster at the Hong Kong Diocesan Boys’ School. Later he was a teacher at the Chinese University. After returning to England he took a postgraduate degree at the University of Leeds.

Taken on by the British Council, he was posted to Thailand and then Saudi Arabia. He came back to England for a spell and was the education officer at Bedford Prison before returning to the British Council, which sent him to China.

After settling in Bedford, he enjoyed music and ballet, and was an active member of his local church and of the Burma Campaign Society, which promotes Anglo-Japanese reconciliation.

Bill Smyly married, in 1967, Diana Chan, who survives him with their daughter.

Article extracted from the Daily Telegraph

2 Royal Gurkha Rifles, based in Brunei, have been supporting cadets on their summer camp. The wet wilderness of the Bruneian jungle is a far cry from the luxurious surroundings of Yorkshire’s Ampleforth College yet the school’s cadets have taken to it like ducks to water.

Former Second-In-Command with Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) Major Miles Blackford is now Contingent Commander at Ampleforth College Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and it is through his association with the Gurkhas that the regular Summer Camp occurs.

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