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Parbate : September 2018

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

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

  • Gurkha Growth Update
  • The Brigade of Gurkhas Cap Badging Ceremony
  • Gurkha Company Catterick 67th Birthday Celebrations 
  • Brigade of Gurkhas Cricket Club Update
  • Parade to name Training Support Company in Warminster -‘Tavoleto’

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.




On Thursday 20th September 2018, the Brigade of Gurkhas football team travelled to Glasgow to participate in the 20th United Kingdom Asian Football Championships (UKAFC). The competition was run over three days from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September. 

The competition is organised every year by Scottish Ethnic Minority Sport Association (SEMSA).  This year there were eight teams taking part; the Brigade of Gurkhas, Singh Sabha Slough, London APSA, Blackburn Untied FC, AFC Preston, SEMSA MYF, Sporting Bengal and FC Panda. 

The Brigade of Gurkhas showcased tremendous football skills throughout the tournament.  We played three games; winning one and losing the other two. We did manage to beat AFC Preston 6-3.  The final game was played between Singh Sabha Slough (defending champions) and London APSA at the Celtic Park (Home of Celtic FC).  London APSA beat Singh Sabha Slough by 3-1 and thus won the 20th UKAFC 2018 trophy.  At the Dinner which followed the competition, the President of SEMSA, Mr Dilawer Singh MBE, made special mention during his speech of the Brigade’s performance. 

We learnt a lot from the tournament and came away with rich memories.  More importantly, it was an outstanding experience for not only myself, but all the players taking part. 

Article and Gurkhas event organiser – Captain Kiran Pun HQBG

The Queen’s Gurkha Signals celebrated its 69th Regimental Birthday on Saturday, 22nd September 2018 at Gamecock Barracks. The parade was witnessed by the Colonel of the Regiment, Major General JJ Cole OBE, Commander QG SIGNALS and the Gurkha Major along with past members and families.

The Colonel of the Regiment presented the following awards.

Verdon & Carter Trophy (Best SNCO of the Year) – Staff Sergeant Bhupal Gurung

Ridlington Trophy – Corporal Samir Rai

Best Sportsperson of the Year – Corporal Giri Gurung

Best Trainee of the Year – Signalman Suman Rai

Best Piper of the year – Signalman Sandip Moktan

Best Shot of the Year – Lance Corporal Resham Pun


Members of the Brigade of Gurkhas were invited to attend an event to celebrate Nepal National Day at the Nepal Embassy in London by the Ambassador His Excellency Dr.Durga Bahadur Subedi. The Principal guest was HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

The Ambassador thanked the guests for accepting his invitation to celebrate the National Day in London. He then went on to highlight the respect Nepal and the United Kingdom had for each other and the working relationships established over the last 200 years.  He stated that the Nepalese and British People had a common belief in peace and cooperation across states. He then talked about the importance the Nepalese Government was placing on common ground in world relations. 

HRH Prince Michael of Kent, thanked the Ambassador for his kind words and thanked Nepal and their contribution to the British Army through the Gurkhas who have stood side by side British Troops at every conflict around the world over the last 200 plus years. 

The 300+ guests were then entertained with cultural dances from local Nepalese children, Gurkhas from the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers and the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. A fantastic Nepalese curry buffet was also served to the guests.

We wish Nepal well for the coming year and the future beyond. 

10 Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) organised an unprecedented Brigade of Gurkhas (BG) Inter Unit Ladies’ Badminton competition.

The Gurkha ladies, all spouses of Gurkha soldiers within the BG represented four major units; QOGLR, 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR), Queens Gurkha Engineers (QGE) and the Queens Gurkha Signals (QG Signals).

The winners were presented with individual trophies and the winning team 1 RGR was presented with a running shield with the statement that this competition will now take place every year. The runner up team for this year was QGE. 

Inter Unit Team Event

Winner: 1 RGR 
Runners up: QGE

Ladies Open Doubles

Winner: Mrs Ranjana Thakuri and Mrs Bimala Saru Rana (1 RGR )

Runner up: Mrs Manita Rai and Mrs Rebeeca Limbu ( QGE )

The Badminton competition was organised by Corporal Netra Gurung and Lance Corporal Lok Thapa. Overall organised under direction of Gurkha Major QOGLR Major Chakra Khatri with assistance from Captain Ganesh Gurung. The day concluded with a social event at a local restaurant.


The Gurkha Brigade Association (GBA) Annual Golf day was held on Thursday 13th of September 2018 at Weybrook Park Golf Course in Basingstoke. The golf was played in Stableford format but in ¾ handicap.

The aim was to integrate the members of the association. The weather was fantastic and day went very smoothly. There were participants from the Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (GSPS) and altogether 30 members from the GBA took part on the day.

This is an annual event in the GBA calendar and takes place in the 2nd week of September. We encourage members of the GBA who play golf to participate in future events.   

Novelty Prizes:

  • Nearest to the Pin Front Nine – Clive Pettigrew 6GRRA
  • Nearest to the Pin Back Nine – Badri Kumar Rai 7GRRA
  • Longest drive – Narendra Gurung – HQBG/GSPS

Division C

  • Winner – Dhyan Prasad Rai -7GRRA, 32 points
  • Runners up – Mahendra Limbu- QGSRA, 29 points

 Division B

  • Winner – Surya Prakash Gurung –2GRRA, 41 points
  • Runners up – James Robinson – HQBG/7GRRA/RGRRA, 34 points

Division A

  • Winner – Badri Kumar Rai – 7GRRA, 35 points (Count Back)
  • Runners up – Rajendra Gauchan – 6GRRA, 35 points


  • Winner – Dammar Bahadur Shahi -HQBG/6GRRA/RGRRA, Gross 77
  • Runners up – Narendra Kumar Gurung HQBG/GSPS, Gross 82

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