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Queen’s Gurkha Engineers Families Educational Day Trip in London

Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE) families and their dependants returned home after a productive educational day trip in London.
Ably supported by the Brigade Education and Welfare Grant.
They watched and learnt about the Queen’s Guard by our very own QGE Public Duties Company, Changing of the Queen’s Guard at the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace, Friary Court of St James’s Palace as well as the Tower of London, where the Ceremony of The Keys takes place. They explored the fortress, prison, Royal Mint, and The Crown Jewels.

A group from the British Army has been touring India’s North-East paying homage to the fallen soldiers of the battles of Kohima and Imphal. 


Dubbed “the forgotten battles”, the victories of Kohima and Imphal are widely believed to have turned the tide of the war in the east.
Gurkha Captain Genendra Rai is seen here reading the roll of honour for fallen Gurkha soldiers at the Imphal War Cemetery on Sunday 7th April 2019.
Captain Rai was a member of a delegation which has been paying homage to war dead on the 75th Anniversary of the Kohima and Imphal battles.

Warminster Garrison Volleyball and Basketball Annual Competition was held between the 1st – 4th April 2019 at the Warminster Garrison Gymnasium.

The Competition was co-ordinated by Warrant Officer Class Two Basanta Rai (Garrison Sports Officer) and Colour Sergeant Navaraj Rana Magar (Garrison Sports Assistant Officer).

Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Robertson (Garrison Commander) presented the prizes.

The event results were as follows:


  • Most Improved – Rifleman Bhumiraj Rai – Signal Platoon 
  • Best Player – Rifleman Suman KC – Pioneer Platoon
  • Runners Up – Pioneer Platoon
  • Winners – Signal Platoon


  • Most Improved – Warrant Officer Class One C Smith – Garrison
  • Best Player – Rifleman Subash Rai – Military Transport Platoon
  • Runner Up – Signal Platoon
  • Winners – Military Transport Platoon

Colonel M P Sykes OBE Professional Head of Adjutant General’s Corps (AGC) Staff and Personnel Support (SPS) paid his first official visit to the Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG) and Regiment Headquarters Gurkha SPS (GSPS) on 2nd April 2019.

He was received in a traditional Gurkha manner with a ‘khada’ by the Chief of Staff (COS) Major (Maj) Shane Burton Royal Gurkha Rifles and Deputy COS (DCOS) Maj Narendra Gurung GSPS.  Colonel Sykes was accompanied by AGC (SPS) officers – Lieutenant  Colonel Paula Nicholas MBE (SO1 Future People Plans), Lieutenant Colonel Phil Ashman (SO1 AGC (SPS) Manpower Plans) and Major Davy Alexander (SO2 Future Structure Plans). The visiting team were later met by Colonel J Robinson CBE (Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas).

Visit by the Professional Head of AGC (SPS) provided an opportunity to hold a key meeting focusing on the Gurkha Staff and Personnel Support (GSPS) growth which was also attended by the Colonel of the Regiment GSPS Colonel A D Griffiths OBE. Chief of Staff Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas provided the background and an overview of Gurkha Growth in general; this was followed by a brief by the Officer Commanding GSPS/Deputy Chief of Staff, who focused on specific issues in the work force requirements including; future growth positions, structure and management of the new posts. Overall the meeting was deemed to be a success, which also identified the process ahead.

A team from 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) recently team won the ‘Top Team, Individual Top Shot & Falling Plates’ competition at the 16 Air Assault Brigade Operational Shooting Competition, held at the ranges in Colchester.

There were altogether 9 teams in this competition. Top two teams will take part in Defence Operational Shooting Competition (DefOSC), also known as BISLEY on 19 June 2019. Congratulations to 1 RGR team.


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