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Immigration Road-show at Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe

As per Brigade of Gurkhas Transition forecast, Army Secretary and HQBG in conjunction with the Home Office, have run bespoke Immigration road-show on 16 September 2013 at Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe to ensure that the Service Leavers (SL) are fully understood on the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) process and timelines. The Immigration Brief has covered all aspects of ILR procedure inclusive of the new family migration rules that the Armed Forces community will comply from 01 December 2013. Also, a team from Regular Force Employment Association (RFEA) came to deliver a presentation in order provide their support to the SL. A total of 59 SL attended the event and was noted as a huge success.

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The Chief of the Army Staff Nepalese Army, General Gaurav SJB Rana, inspected a Guard of Honour provided by the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers and laid a wreath at the Gurkha Statue in a short military ceremony at Horse Guards Avenue on Monday 09 September 2013.  The Chief of the Nepalese Army arrived at Horse Guards Avenue at 0945 hours where he was met by the Chief of the General Staff/Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas, General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC Gen and Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson. General Gaurav SJB Rana received a General Salute and was invited to inspect the Guard of Honour before laying a wreath at the Gurkha Statue. This event was organised by Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas to mark the visit of the Chief of the Nepalese Army who is here on a week-long visit at the invitation of the Chief of the General Staff/Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas, General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC Gen.

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On Friday 2 August, the Colonel Commandant Brigade of Gurkhas, General Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC Gen, opened the new Contemporary Exhibition at the Gurkha Museum. The exhibition shows how Gurkhas are part of the new Army 2020 structure. After the reception, General Sir Peter took time to look round the Museum with the new curator, Gavin Edgerley-Harris, and Col BG, Col JG Robinson.

 
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Chairman GBA would like to draw your attention to HQBG letter highlighting the recent changes to the Home Office rules on family migration to the UK and what it means for the serving and retired Gurkha servicemen who wish to bring their families to the UK.

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QGOOs and their families on the Gurkha Welfare Trust support during Sandringham Flower show at Norfolk.

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On 12th July 2013, Gen Sir Peter Wall GCB CBE ADC Gen, CGS/Col Comdt Bde of Gurkhas paid an official visit to HQBG. After a short discussion with Col James Robinson, Col BG he presented a short brief to all the staff of HQBG and had lunch with all those in attendance. 

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MATCH 1 – INTER UNIT OPERATIONAL SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP

A total of 48 units across the British Army took part in the “Match 1” competition, out of which all Gurkha units finished within top 10 and the results are:

Units – Position

1RGR – 1
2RGR – 2
10 QOGLR – 4
36 Engrs Regt – 5
30 Sigs Regt – 8

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MATCH 10 – INTER CORPs MATCH CHAMPIONSHIP (METHEUN CUP)

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MATCH 40 – COMBAT RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP (QUEENS MEDAL)

247 best firers across the Armed Forces took part the competition. Cpl Som Bahadur Chantyal has won the Queen’s Medal this year. All 45 firers from the Brigade of Gurkhas are now in the Army 100.  The Brigade of Gurkhas represents about 3% of the total Army to achieve 45% of the top Army 100 is a notable achievement.   Additionally further 5 Gurkhas who have transferred into other units also came in the Army 100.

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1 RGR ACHIEVEMENTS IN ARMY OPERATION SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP (AOSC) 2013

Individual Champion Trophies

– The Pistol Cup Overall
– The Artillery Cup (Class B) Overall
– The Graham Trophy Class B – The Urban Contact Match
– The Graham Trophy Overall – The Urban Contact Match
– The Association Cup Overall Winner – The Short Range Rural Contact Match
– The Roberts Cup Overall Winner – The Attack & Re-org Match
– The Bullock Trophy & Large Presentation Khukri Winner – The Gurkha Welfare Match
– The Southern Command Cup Class A Winner
– The Southern Command Cup Overall
– The Watkin Cup and ARA Gold Jewel Overall Winner

Team Champion Trophies

– The Royal Ulster Cup Winner – The Fire team falling plates match
– The Parachute Cup Overall Winner
– The Provost Marshall’s Cup Overall
– The Coronation Cup Overall Winner
– The Kings Royal Rifle Corps Cup – The Infantry Champion Winner
– The Dunlop Trophy – Overall Unit Champion

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Individual Champion Trophies

– ARA Silver Jewel Cup Winner
– The Manchester Reg Cup Winner(Class B) – The Indv Rifle Championship
– The Roupell Cup Overall Winner – The Defence Match
– The Governor’s Cup (Class B) Winner – The Attack & Re-org Match
– The Malta Cup ( Class B) Winner – The Short Rang Rural Contact Match
– Young Soldier Challenge Cup(Class B) Winner
–  The Revolver Challenge Cup(Classs B) Winner- The Pistol Match
– ARA Silver Jewel Overall Winner
– ARA Bronze Jewel Overall Winner

Team Champion Trophies

– The Britannia Trophy Overall Winner
– The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders Cup Overall Winner

THE QUEEN’S GURKHA ENGINEERS ACHIEVEMENTS IN AOSC 2013

Individual Champion Trophies

– Top Royal Engineer Team – The Wyke Cup Winner (36 Engr Regt)
– The RAC Cup Winner– Non Infantry Unit Champion on Rifle & Machine Gun

Individual Winners

– RE Champion Shot – LCpl Krishna Rai
– RE Runners Up – Spr Bijaya Rana

• 3 out of 4 from the Regt team have been selected to represent the British Army Shooting Team.

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THE QUEEN’S GURKHA SIGNAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN AOSC 2013

Individual Champion Trophies

– The Queen’s Own Highlanders Cup(Class B) Winner – The Machine Gun Match
– The Worcestershire Cup and ARA Gold Bar Overall Winner – The Machine Gun Match
– The Henry Whitehead Cup (Class B) Winner – The Advance to Contact Match
– The Cheylesmore Cup (Class B) Winner – The Defence Match
– Top Tyro – Small Presentation Khukri Winner – The Gurkha Welfare Match
– Tyro The 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles Trophy Winner – The Indv Rifle Championship
– New Soldier the Rifle Brigade Cup Winner – The Ind Rifle Championship

Team Champion Trophies

– Top Royal Signal team – The Royal Signal Shield(30 Sig Regt)
– Thee Household Div Cup(OA & CS) Winner(22 Sig Regt)
– The Eastern Command Cup overall Winner (22 Sig Regt)

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QOGLR ACHIEVEMENTS IN AOSC 2013

Individual Champion Trophies

– The Old Contemptibles Cup Winner

Team Champion Trophies

– The Royal Hussars Cup Winner – The fire team combat sharpshooting match
– The Queen’s Regt Cup(OA & SVCS) Winner – The fire team close combat match
– The Malta Challenge Cup Overall Winner – The fire team close combat match

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BACKGROUND TO EQUITABLE LIFE PAYMENT SCHEME (ELPS) 

In March 1992, a Saving Scheme for serving Gurkhas was set up for members to invest into the fund with the view to receive a cash investment on capital growth at the time of retirement. The scheme was managed by the Equitable Life Assurance Society. Over the last 21 years, the vast bulk of members have cashed in their schemes, however there are a number of serving and retired Gurkha servicemen who are eligible for further claims. During September 2010, the government debated in the House of Commons, that various savings and insurance schemes through the Equitable Life Assurance during the 1990s, suffered financial losses as a result of maladministration that was found to have occurred in the regulation of Equitable Life. The government decided in Oct 2010 with HM Treasury approval that a payment scheme from June 2011 would be introduced to make fair and transparent payments to policyholders. Her Majesty’s Treasury has asked National Savings & Investment (NSI) to administer the Equitable Life Payment Scheme (ELPS), who in turn have engaged ‘ATOS’ as professional administers to work with NSI to trace eligible scheme members.  ELPS will send HQBG a spreadsheet containing 5,688 members (surname, initials, army number), and we only have until 30 July 13 for members to come forward with their address details. Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas is very supportive of the ELPS.  He has directed Mr Matthew Curtis, HQBG Finance Officer to help identify former Gurkha Servicemen who may have received losses through their GPF saving scheme and assist them to establish contact ATOS to make any future payment claims.  As the HQBG Finance Officer, he will be working as the intermediary to obtain the details of former Gurkha Servicemen who held Equitable Life policies and pass their contact details onto ATOS, who in turn will contact the individuals for any subsequent claims action.

ELIGIBILITY 

Equitable Life Policy.  To be eligible for the ELPS scheme, you need to have held an GPF account with one or more of the following Equitable Life Schemes:

Accumulating with Profits (AWP)

Conventional with Profits (CWP)

With Profits Annuity (WPA)

Purchase Dates.  The policy must have been purchased between:

CWP & WPA Policies.  01 September 1992 and 31 December 2000

AWP policies.  Purchased between 01 September 1992 and 31 December 2000, or had a premium payment made into the scheme between 1 January 1993 and 31  December 2000

Eligible Members.  All those eligible must fill out Annex A (provided link below) and forward it to their respective branches by 30 July 2013: 

Serving soldiers/officers – Unit Admin Office    

Pensioners based in Nepal – HQ BGN

Pensioners based in the UK – Fin Offr HQBG (Please complete Annex A and fax it to 01980 615671)

POINT OF CONTACT

Any questions relating to this matter is to be passed to the HQBG Finance Officer – Mr Matthew Curtis via e-mail gbawebsitemaswagat@gmail.com

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2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR) has won Nepal Cup 2013 with the score of 2 – 1 to Queens Gurkha Engineers(QGE) at Queens Avenue, Aldershot on 27 June 2013. Likewise, veterans team from Queens Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment(QOGLR) clinched very first Kathmandu Cup 2013 with the score of 3 – 1 to Royal Gurkha Rifles(RGR). 

Nepal Cup 2013 Winners

Lance Corporal Nirajan Budathoki (QGE) was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ and Rifleman Bisal Gurung (2 RGR) was awarded ‘Top Scorer’ for the Nepal Cup 2013.

Similarly, Mr Santa Gurung (QOGLR)  was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ and Mr Dipprasad Gurung (QOGLR) was awarded ‘Top Scorer’ for the Kathmandu Cup 2013.

Note: More Pictures from Nepal Cup 2013.

 

Kathmandu Cup 2013 Winners

    

Nepal Cup 2013 Results

Semi Finals (25 June 2013)

Queens Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment(QOGLR) Vs Queens Gurkha Engineers(QGE)

Winner: Queens Gurkha Engineers(QGE)

Queens Gurkha Signals(QGS) Vs Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR)

Winner: Second Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles (2 RGR)

The Nepal Cup 2013 Final will be played between QGE Vs 2 RGR at Queens Avenue Football Pitch, Aldershot on 27 June 2013 at 1400 hrs.DSC_0332

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 Kathmandu Cup (Veterans Cup) 2013 Fixtures

Semi Finals (27 June 2013 at 0930 hrs)

Queens Own Gurkha Logistics Regiment(QOGLR) Vs Queens Gurkha Engineers(QGE) 

Queens Gurkha Signals(QGS) Vs The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR)

The Kathmandu Cup 2013 Final will be played at Queens Avenue Football Pitch, Aldershot on the same day (27 June 2013) at 1100 hrs.

 Results to follow.

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