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Brigade Sounding Retreat and Cocktail Party 2019

11th July 2019

On the 10th July 2019 members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and their guests gathered for a cocktail party with a performance of Sounding Retreat by the Band and Pipes and Drums of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

The event took place on the parade square in front of Old College, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The back drop of Old College at the is an impressive scene. Guests gathered and old friends from across the Brigade caught up with each. The Brigade is diverse covering a number of trades and Arms across the British Army. Many of the Warrant Officers and Officers joined with other numberies but then followed different career paths across the Brigade and this type of event may be one of a few occasions when they get to catch up with the friends they made in basic training in many cases over 20 years ago.

After the sounding retreat the attendees moved into the Old College Dining Hall supported once again by the Band and Pipes and Drums of the Brigade of Gurkhas. 

The main guests for the evening included:

  • Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD VR MP (Minister of State for the Armed Forces)
  • Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP (Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime)
  • Dr Durga Subedi (Nepalese Ambassador)
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL
  • Gen Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE DL
  • Gen Sir Sam Cowan KCB CBE
  • Gen Lord Richards GCB CBE DSO DL
  • Lt Gen Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE
  • Lt Gen Sir David Bill KCB
  • Mr Allan Crockatt (The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers)
  • Earl of Portsmouth (The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers)
  • Mr James Maunder Taylor (The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers)
  • Mr Michael Nicholson (The Worshipful Company of Fishmongers)
  • Mr James Gray MP
  • Brigadier E Millar MBE 
  • Brigadier J Clark CBE 
  • Brigadier S Banton OBE
  • Brigadier T Bateman CBE 
  • Brigadier J Collyer

The officer taking the salute at the of the Sounding Retreat was the Colonel Commandant, Lieutenant General Sir Nick Pope KCB, CBE.

The Dinner Night took place in the Dining Hall old College. Music during the Dinner was supplied by the Hill Boys band from the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas. During the final speech Lieutenant General Sir Nick Pope thanked the Brigade for another impressive year, on Operations, training and various military competitions. He then thanked the Colonel of the Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson CBE, for over 37 years dedicated service to the Brigade and seven of those years steering the Brigade forward as the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas and he wished him well from the whole Brigade as he retires from the Army in a few weeks time. General Pope also retires from the Army in a few weeks but will remain as the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas. 


All the photos from the event can be found on this link.

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