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Brigade of Gurkhas Annual Golf Championship 2019

The Brigade of Gurkhas Annual Golf Championship was held on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at Windlesham Golf Club played between Brigade of Gurkhas unit teams. This event marks the official start of the Brigade of Gurkhas Brigade Week 2019. The day also sadly marked the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas (Col BG) Colonel James Robinson CBE last participation in the BG Golf championship as he retires from the job very soon. Col BG leaves behind a great legacy which he initiated in 2015 and has since been contested annually by the best Gurkha golfers.

Overall Unit Champion:

  • Champion team of the Year 2019 – Gurkha Company Sittang
  • 1st Runners up – Queen’s Gurkha Signals
  • 2nd Runners up – 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles

Individual Top 5 of the Brigade of Gurkhas:

  • 1st – Captain Mahendra Phagami (RGR) – Gurkha Company Sittang
  • 2nd – Sergeant Gajendra Gurung (QGE) – Gurkha Wing Mandalay
  • 3rd – Captain Dipakraj Ghale (RGR) – Gurkha Company Sittang
  • 4th – Captain Bhakta Sherchan (RGR)– Gurkha Company Catterick
  • 5th – Staff Sergeant Saroj Rai (QGS) – Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Novelty Prizes:

  • Nearest to the Pin – Staff Sergeant Saroj Rai – Queen’s Gurkha Signals
  • 2nd Approach – Sergeant Gajendra Gurung – Gurkha Wing Mandalay
  • Longest drive – Corporal Chandra Rai – 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles

 

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

This is June/July’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Prime Minister of Nepal visits the Brigade of Gurkhas
  • Ladies Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Pass off the Square for Recruit Intake 19
  • 249 Gurkha Gurkha Signal Squadron Reformation
  • Survival Nepali Language Course

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

Support company from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles marked the Battle of Honour, Imphal day today on 21st June 2019 at Guardroom, Tuker lines, Brunei

The Battle of Imphal took place in the region around the city of Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur in northeast India from March 12th June 21, 1944 against the invading Japanese forces. Three battalions of 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles (10 GR) were involved in the heaviest fighting of the entire Burma Campaign during the Second World War.

The battle honour IMPHAL was awarded to 10 GR (2 Royal Gurkha Rifles antecedent Regiment) and was regarded as one of the hardest battle honours ever earned. The Regiment suffered 184 dead and 820 wounded.

The Brigade of Gurkhas again excelled at the Army Operational Shooting Competition (AOSC) 2019 known as the Bisley Shooting Competition. This is the biggest shooting competition in the British Army, held annually at the Bisley Camp in Pirbright, Surrey.

Shooting teams take part not only from across the British Army but also a number of International Military Teams participate. This year’s AOSC was held on Thursday 20th June 2018 and Brigade of Gurkhas performed extremely well in the competition. 

The Queen’s Medal winner

The best shot prize is the Queen’s Medal which was won by Corporal Subash Rai 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) who was carried on a chair in the traditional manner by senior officers including Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.

Regular Army Queen Medal Competition and Unit Service Weapons Team Championship.
Individual Prizes.

  • The winner of the Cheylesmore Cup – Private (Pte) Upendra Gurung, 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR)
  • The winner of the Roupell Cup – Corporal (Cpl) Dhan Ghale, 1 RGR
  • The winner of the Henry Whitehead Cup and the Association Cup – Cpl Kumar Gurung, Queen’s Gurkha Engineers (QGE), 36 Engineer Regiment
  • The winner of the Roberts Cup – Lance Corporal (LCpl) Amrit Gurung, 2 RGR 
  • The winner of the Far East LF Cup – Rifleman (Rfn) Ashish Gurung, 1 RGR
  • The winner of the Western Command Cup – LCpl Resham Pun, Queen’s Gurkha Signal (QG Signals), 30 Signal Regiment
  • The winner of the Malta Cup – Rfn Yugal Gurung, 2 RGR 
  • The winner of the Graham Trophy, a large presentation Khukri and the Worcestershire Cup – LCpl Sagar Somare
  • The winner of the Graham Trophy, The Bullock Trophy and Large presentation Khukri – Cpl Subash Rai
  • The winner of the Young soldier Challenge Cup – Rfn Milan Buduja Pun, 1 RGR 
  • The winner of the Manchester Regiment Cup – LCpl Sagar Somare, 1 RGR 
  • The winner of the ARA Bronze Jewel – Cpl Dhan Ghale, 1 RGR 
  • The winner of the ARA Silver Jewel – Rfn Nishal Thapa, 1 RGR 
  • The winner of the ARA Gold Jewel – Cpl Subash Rai, 2 RGR

Team Prizes

  • The winners of the KRRC Cup, the Coronation Cup, The RASC Cup, The Eastern Comd Cup and the Malta Challenge Cup – 1 RGR 
  • The winners of the Royal Irish Cup, The Britannia Trophy and the Parachute Regiment Cup – 2 RGR
  • The winners of the 6th QEO Gurkha Rifles Trophy – 10 QOGLR
  • Overall Unit Champions 2019: The Winner of the Dunlop Trophy – 1 RGR

Top 100

57 shooters out of 100 were Gurkhas who will all receive an Army 100 badge – a significant number.

 

The British Gurkha Army showed their participation on 28th Panaga Highland Games as every year.


This year, the Gurkhas from 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles conducted an Army exhibition such as Weapon display (by Support Company) and the Survival demonstration (by B Company) finishing off with their famous ‘Khukuri’ dance (by A Company).

 

The Gurkha Khud Race will take place on 20th July 2019 in Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons. The Infantry Battle School aims to re-ignite this long-lasted custom of the Brigade of Gurkhas. This time the race is open to all the general public who can compete alongside serving Gurkhas Soldiers. 

The Hill Race was first introduced by Major The Honorary (later Brigadier General) C G Bruce of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) as a protest against the Indian Army attitude which considered that Gurkhas could not compete on equal terms with Punjabis, Sikhs and other Indian Army castes. Unsurpassed among athletic contests as a spectacle, it had important consequences, for it not only established the reputation of the Gurkha as practically invincible on the hill-side, but also had the effect of improving military skills associated with hill-work generally in the context of operations in the hills of the North West Frontier. In 1890 the first year of the Punjab Frontier sports competition, a hill race was run with 133 starters of all classes. The first thirty-three places were won by Gurkhas, the first Punjabi coming in 34th.

Three annual local races followed and in 1894 the 5th Gurkha Challenge Cup was presented to become the Hill Race Trophy.

This silver trophy now resides in the Gurkha Museum. The Trophy is a silver statue of a Gurkha in national costume, and was commonly known as “The Little Man”.

One of the most notable of all the hill running performances was in 1899. Havildar Harkbir Thapa had been with Bruce in England when they went to the Isle of Skye. As the result of an argument between the Laird, McLeod of McLeod and some of his ghillies, a small bet was made that Harkbir would not run from Sligachan Inn to the top of Mount Glamaig and back in an hour and a quarter, the ghillies saying that their dogs could not do this. The distance is two miles open moorland to the foot, and a rise of 2,817 feet to the summit. Harkbir accomplished it by himself in thirty-seven minutes to the summit, and eighteen minutes back to the Inn without fatigue. This record remained unbroken until 1997; many athletes in the North had tried to beat it, but it took a professional fell runner in running shoes, nearly a hundred years later to shave off five minutes from the time set in 1899.

 

 

After the transfer of the four Gurkha Indian Army Regiments to the British Army on 1st January 1948 operations in Malaya interrupted the reintroduction of the Gurkha Hill Race Trophy. With the formation of 48 Gurkha Infantry Brigade in Hong Kong in 1960, the first 48 Brigade Khud Race competition was run on a hill called “Nameless” in the New Territories that same year. The course was one mile and 164 yards long, and involved a steep climb up a 1,300 foot slope followed by a perilous descent of 1,200 feet.

The Hong Kong record time was set by Colour Sergeant Gobinda Rai 10 Gurkha Rifles in 1981, in a time of fifteen minutes and twelve seconds before the last Khud Race was run in Kong Kong in 1996.

The last Brigade Hill Race was run in the United Kingdom on a very wet and windy day in Wales on 6th June 1995 which was won by 3rd Royal Gurkha Rifles. After 106 years of Gurkha Hill Racing this spectacular sporting event has ceased to be run in Britain’s Gurkha Regiments.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

  • Gurkhas in Australia
  • Exercise RATTLESNAKE – 2019
  • Public Duties Queen’s Gurkha Engineers
  • Life in the Combined Royal Gurkha Rifles Centre -Operation TORAL 7
  • Burma Day
  • Exercise LION SUN THREE

The Brigade of Gurkhas Media Team.

The closing date for our Photography competition is getting close. Have you submitted your entries yet. There is a prize worth £150 to be won and you will get featured across our digital network and cover of Parbate magazine. 

It is open to all serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Gurkha Veterans. 

If you are a professional photographer in your own right you are not allowed to enter and any entries made from such parties will be removed from the competition. HQBG reserves the right to disallow any entries or persons submitting entries. 

So please submit your entries (up to 3 per person) and application form to: rhq3parbate@gmail.com no later than 31st May 2019.

 

GURKHA AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2019 ENTRY GUIDELINES

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the first Brigade of Gurkhas Photographic Competition aimed at serving personnel and veterans of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Closing date for entries is 31st May 19. Below is a simple criteria and application form for submissions.

OVERVIEW

In order to take part, you must be a serving member of the Brigade of Gurkhas or Gurkha veteran at the time the application process ends on 31st May 19.

Any person or image that does not fulfil the criteria will be ignored. Personal submission details must be correct, or the entry will be ignored. All entries must be by email to rhq3parbate@gmail.com

We will not respond to email entries unless necessary.

You will be informed by email if you were in the top 6. The Winner will receive a prize.

HQBG will not be liable for any costs of capturing and sending the images.

IMAGE SIZE

The file size must be at least 3MB. Set your device to capture at its maximum resolution. If unsure look up how to do this online for your chosen device.

DEVICE USED FOR IMAGE CAPTURE

Images can be captured on any device as long as the minimum image size of 3MB can be met.

TIMEFRAME OF IMAGES

As this is the first Gurkha Photographic Competition, the images must have been taken in a period from Jan 2018 up to the date you send them in. This office can recognise images that are taken outside this timeframe from the metadata attached to any image.

IMAGE COMPOSITION

Top tip: We are looking for people focused images that will enhance the Gurkha Brand should the images be used by Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas.

The images can be of any event relating to Gurkhas: Exercises, Training, Sport, Adventurous Training, Social, Portraits, Groups or Teams etc.

If you are supplying images taken on Operations, you may need to seek clearance from PJHQ. If unsure, send it to the POC’s email (detailed below) with enough time for the question to be asked to PJHQ. If the operation is in the past, a judgement call can be made in the office as to whether we can use that submission.

We will not accept collages – multiple images on one pasted together in software.

You may use software to enhance the photograph. Noting that simple is often the best.

Images can be portrait or landscape.

COPYRIGHT

You must have taken the image(s). You must have permission to take the image(s). If the images show children under the age of 16 you must have parental permission in place to take and use that image for this competition. Anyone found to be representing images as their own but they did not take them will face disciplinary actions and if raised as an issue by an outside agency legal action for copyright infringement.

SUBMISSION

You can send up to 3 images.

Cut of date for submissions is 31 May 2019. Any entry after this date will be ignored.

HQBG will retain all images for possible use on HQBG and or GBA outputs, digital or printed. No reference to the photographer will be made if the images are used post the competition

Application forms must be completed in full. The Application form is available on this webpage or this link.

PRIZES

The top prize will be worth approx. £150 (not cash) to be announced in due course.

Top six winning entries will appear in PARBATE, GBA website and social media.

They will be displayed at the Brigade of Gurkhas annual conference at Brigade Week and Brigade Bhela in July 19.

The winner will be invited to receive their prize from the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas and or Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas.

Guidelines correct as at 19th February 2019, but are subject to change.

GUIDELINES PDF

Gurkha photographic 19 Competition Guidelines

APPLICATION FORM

Photography competition 19 application form

C (Tamandu) Company, 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently on Exercise PACIFIC KUKRI 19 in Australia. Take a look at our video of them on Shoalwater Training Area, Queensland, Australia. 

 

Community engagements play a vital role in fostering good public relations with those around us.

Soldiers from A (AMBOOR) Company, 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles demonstrated their jungle kit as well as cultural dances in a local school’s 25th anniversary in Brunei.

The engagement was a great success as our soldiers became the focus among 500 parents and students who attended the function.

Well done to Sergeant Kushal and team for their professional turnout and outstanding displays which not only educated the attendees but also entertained them. 

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