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Cambrian Patrol 2018 and Gurkha Success

With the weather firmly against the teams in this year’s Cambrian Patrol the Gurkhas once again dug in deep and secured a number of medals. 

The exercise is unique, world class and the largest of its kind with some foreign entrants having to claim the right to take part in the UK by winning through their own domestic competition. Exercise Cambrian Patrol itself began in 1959, when a group of Welsh Territorial Army soldiers designed a weekend training event, featuring long distance marching over the Cambrian Mountains, culminating in a shooting match on the Sennybridge Training Area.

This year there were 132 patrol taking part in, among them 33 International Teams.

Storm Callum hit Wales on the first weekend of the Patrol causing flooding, landslides and road blocks which has resulted in the cancellation of the first phase patrol to all.  The Second phase of the Patrol was stopped after almost nine hours on the first day due to the worst weather condition.

Brigade of Gurkhas Medal winners were:

  • 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles – Gold Medal
  • Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment – Gold Medal
  • 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles – Silver Medal
  • Allied Rapid Reaction Corps – Silver Medal
  • Queen’s Gurkha Engineers – Silver Medal
  • Gurkha Company Sittang – Silver Medal

We would also like to congratulate the Nepalese Army team on their fine achievement on securing a Bronze Medal. The team has been in the UK training with the Brigade Training Team. After their success they were invited to visit the headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas to be congratulated on their success by the Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas. 

And the 2/8 Gorkha Rifles – Indian army for achieving an excellent Silver Medal. 

We will post updates on this webpage for all the Gurkha prize winners.

Tough Mudder is a 10 mile mud and obstacles course designed to drag us out from our comfort zones by testing our physical strength, stamina and mental grit.

With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast we can cross the finish line. Rather it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as we are.

Five members of Gurkha Company Sittang took part in the event on 29th September 2018, which was held in South London. The main aim was to raise funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Royal Gurkha Rifles Trust to help Gurkha Veterans, their families and communities. Our charity goal was to raise approximately £1250 and we succeeded in doing so.

People from across the world took part in the event. Many of them were taking part to raise funds for different charity organizations and a few were just for fun. As the name of the event itself says it was tough but we were glad we had the opportunity to experience it.

We completed the ten mile long course crossing more than twenty plus obstacles such as Electroshock Therapy, Arctic Enema, Hero Walls, Underwater Tunnels, Funky Monkey, and many more. The medical service was at the highest level which was monitored by the management team of the event. 

Finally, it was a great opportunity to represent GCS in Tough Mudder 2018 and be part for a noble cause.

By Lance Corporal Bishal Wonem – Gurkha Company Sittang

 

 

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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’

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The Brigade of Gurkhas’ Cap Badging Ceremony is a unique occasion that holds a special place in the Brigade’s calendar. This year it took place on Monday 10 September at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick, North Yorkshire.  
 

 
Since arriving in mid February the 270 recruits have been undergoing training in basic soldiering and infantry skills as well as taking part in their culture and language package. During this period, units of the Brigade of Gurkhas visited to explain the roles and responsibilities of their cap badges in order that the recruits can make an informed choice.
 
Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson, began the ceremony by congratulating the recruits on the quality of their training so far. He explained that this day was a significant day not just for the recruits but also the Brigade and the Gurkha units who are excited to learn of their new manpower.  He said that he wanted to place a priority on meeting their preferences, balanced by unit requirements, and this meant that 96% got their First or Second Choice.

Officer Commanding Gurkha Company, Major Prembahadur Gurung MBE, then read out each of their names followed by their allocated unit and each recruit then joined their new cap badge group. Units Commanding Officers and senior staff then moved forward to welcome the new recruits to their units and provided them with their new Gurkha unit berets and cap badges.

Gurkha Company Infantry Training Centre (ITC) Catterick celebrated its 67th Birthday on 12th August 2018 at Helles Barracks. The Recruit Intake 2018, all permanent staff and their families attended the celebration.

The first phase began in the morning at the ITC football ground with the Sungai Petani Cup football competition between Junior Non-Commissioned Officers (JNCO) versus Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) team.  Both teams rigorously contested the match but finally the JNCO’s team won the match 2-1.  

Simultaneously, the Rifle shooting at the Dismounted Close Combat Trainer (DCCT), inter section potted sports and Chhelo (Shot Put) for the trainees and staff were also taking place.

After lunch the Sungai Petani Cup basketball competition took place between the JNCOs team versus Officers and SNCOs’ team. The JNCOs team were leading by 2 scores until the last minute but the opposing team scored 2 points at the very last minute and equalised the game and the match ended in a tie. Finally the winning team was declared as the Officers and SNCOs’ team after a free shoot out. 

Concurrently, the inter Platoon photo board competition had taken place. It was astonishing to look back at the training activities through the images displayed by each Platoon. The effort and innovative ideas that the trainees had come up with to make a photo board was outstanding.

Finally all trainees, staff and their families assembled at Bhanubhakta VC square and marked the Gurkha Company birthday by cutting a cake.

The Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Davies, presented commendations to three members of the Gurkha Company.  He was extremely happy to announce the names and personally thanked those recipients whose contributions to the ITC was observed and valued by everyone.

  • Sergeant Thamansing Rana (Pl Sgt 1 Pl)
  • Staff Sergeant Sushil Gurung (Chief Clk)
  • Corporal Santanu Pradhan (Sect Comd 6 Pl)

Dinner was served after Commanding Officer’s address and entertainment followed in the form of spectacular cultural shows presented by the trainees.

 

Mr Rishi Sunak, a Member of the Parliament (House of Commons) from the Richmond (York) constituency visited the Gurkha temple at the Infantry Training Centre Catterick on Sunday 22nd July 2018. He arrived at the Gurkha temple at 0800hrs accompanied by his wife and the Mayor of Richmondshire District Council, Mr Stuart Parsons. 

He was welcomed at the Gurkha Temple by Gurkha Pandit Mr Atmaram Dahal, Officer Commanding Gurkha Company Major Prem Gurung MBE and Commanding Officer 2 Infantry Training Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Davies.

He attended a special ritual service in the Gurkha temple along with the Recruit Intake of 2018. Mr and Mrs Sunak ritually worshiped the Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism.

After the temple service, everyone walked down to the Gurkha Kitchen for breakfast. Whilst on the walk the Officer Commanding Gurkha Company provided an update of the ongoing Gurkha training. During the breakfast Mr Rishi Sunak held informal discussions with the trainees and staff.

After breakfast Mr Rishi Sunak was given an opportunity to observe the trainees accommodation and he was amazed to see the very good standards set by the trainees. He was also impressed to see the various historical items displayed at various locations within the Bhanubhakta building. 

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

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

  • Brigade Week 2018
  • Army Operational Shooting Competition 2018
  • 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment celebrates 60th Birthday 
  • Exercise PULNIRMAN
  • Brecon Freedom Parade 2018

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The Brigade Bhela took place on Saturday 7th July on the sports fields at Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot Garrison. We were pleased to welcome many serving Gurkhas, veterans, family and friends who gathered on a very hot day to enjoy the football and entertainment.  

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Kathmandu Cup

The first event of the day was the of the Kathmandu Football Cup, a tournament for our Gurkha veterans. The final was won by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals. All teams showed dedication and physical effort which in the extreme heat of the day was very impressive. We welcome these veteran teams and hope to encourage more teams for next year.

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Nepal Cup Final

The main sporting event of the day was the Nepal Cup final. Over the last 10 days there have been numerous matches taking place based on an elimination process played on a pitch near Robertson House inside the grounds of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

We have certainly seen some great matches this year, with the Band making their first appearance in the competition. The competition has been really tough with some excellent exciting matches taking place which we managed to broadcast live on Facebook to those who could not make it to see the matches.

Our thanks go to the officials throughout the week who without we would not have been able to play the matches. 

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This year the final was to be played between 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles and 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles. After a hard fought 90 minutes the teams were at a stalemate of 1-1. So in the extreme heat and blazing sunshine the teams had to face another 30 minutes or golden goal to win. 10 minutes in and 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles found the net and won the Nepal Cup for 2018.  

bhela_18_reduced_153bhela_18_reduced_090The Nepal cup was presented to the captain of 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles by Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, along with man of the match trophies and highest goal scorer for the whole competition also presented. The Commanding Officer 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles was clearly very pleased with the win as were the players. 

Musical Entertainment

The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Pipes and Drums formed from across the Brigade were also on hand to entertain the crowds and took to the football pitch before the Nepal Cup final and in the rest periods to entertain the crowds. 

The Band also performed their Kukuri dance routine which is always a favourite for the audience.

 

 Trainees from Catterick

Over 100 Gurkha Intake 18 trainees travelled down from the Catterick Infantry Training Centre. The trainees under direction of their training staff put on a display with their Kukuri knifes and taekwondo. We wish the trainees well as they still face another four months of training.

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Community

The event had a number of stalls and fun rides for all the family. We were pleased to host the Gurkha Museum, Gurkha Welfare Trust, SSAFA, RFEA and some local traders from the Gurkha community.  The event was closed with cultural dancers from the Gurkha Aldershot community. 

More images from the day can be found on this link.

A great day and we look forward to 2019 which will be bigger and better once again. So please do invite your friends and family to come along next year. We will announce the date on this website.

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The Brigade of Gurkhas Annual Golf Championship was held on Thursday 28th June 2018 at Weybrook Park Golf Course in Basingstoke.

The championship was to find the unit champion of the year as well as to measure the standard of the emerging sport of Golf within the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Unlike previous years the format of the competition was different and played in Zero handicap.

Altogether 12 teams from across the Brigade took part in the competition. The weather was fantastic and the course was in an immaculate condition with a feel of woodland as well as link course. 

Further to this, the course was set up in the championship format. The competition started at around 0900hrs.

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Overall Unit Champion:

  • Champion of the Year 2018 – 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • Runners up – Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Individual Top 5 of the Brigade of Gurkhas:

  • 1st –Sergeant Santosh Gurung -2 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • 2nd – Captain Giri Prasad Gurung –Gurkha Wing (Mandalay)
  • 3rd – Cpl Lekh Bahadur Pun -1 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • 4th – Warrant Officer Class Two Kumar Pun -1 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • 5th – Staff Sergeant Saroj Rai – Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Novelty Prizes:

  • Nearest to the Pin Front Nine – Corporal Tul Jung Gurung MC –Gurkha Wing (Mandalay)
  • Nearest to the Pin Back Nine – Corporal Tanka Magar -2 Royal Gurkha Rifles 
  • Longest drive- Warrant Officer Class Two Sanjeev Rai –Queen’s Gurkha Signals

 

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

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

  • British Defence Secretary visits Gurkhas in Brunei 
  • Recruit Intake 18 Pass off the Square
  • GSPS 7th Formation Anniversary
  • Lieutenant General Nick Pope CBE visits Nepal
  • Regional Jungle Warfare Symposium 2018

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