On the 23rd of February, 218 new trainee Riflemen take their oath of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Attestation Parade held today in British Gurkhas Pokhara.
Present to inspect the parade were Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Nepal Her Excellency Nicola Pollitt, Lieutenant General Richard Wardlaw OBE (Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas), Brigadier The Rt Hon Lord Lancaster TD VR (Deputy Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas), Colonel Paul Smith (Commander BGN), and Colonel David Robinson (Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas).
Brigadier General Sudarshan Silwal of the Nepal Army and Deputy Inspector General Dibesh Lohani of the Armed Police Force were also witnesses to the prestigious event as the trainee Riflemen embark on their journey in the British Army.
They will move to the UK shortly and commence their 39-week Infantry Training with Gurkha Company Catterick and the Infantry Training Centre. We will be following their journey through that training so keep an eye on this website.